New Ulm - Leo Zangl, 92, of New Ulm died Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at the Sleepy Eye Hospital in Sleepy Eye.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday, January 3, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. Monsignor John Richter will celebrate the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery, Soldiers Rest Section. Full military honors will be conducted at the cemetery by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.
Visitation will be 4 8 p.m. Wednesday and will continue from 7:30 until 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm. There will be a rosary by the St. Patrick's Council, Knights of Columbus at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. To sign the guest book or to leave an online condolence for his family, visit www.mvfh.org.
Leo is survived by his wife, Helen Zangl of Sleepy Eye (formerly New Ulm); sister Myrtle Wolf of New Ulm; sons Jim Zangl and partner Janna Halsrud of St. Paul and Charles Zangl of New Ulm; daughters and sons-in-law Ruth & Dave Mecklenburg of Sleepy Eye, Marie & Mark Hippert of Owatonna, and Ann & Jeff Johnson of River Falls, WI; grandchildren Matt Mecklenburg, Pamela & Corey Ganser, Samantha Mecklenburg, Sadi & Jed Hunstad, Emmy & Kevin Landrum, Pete Zangl, Sara & Ken Beamish, Christopher Hippert, Kevin & Sarah Hippert, and Nathan Johnson; 8 great-grandchildren; and special family members Von & Lee Weber.
Leo was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Clifford and Delbert Zangl; beloved granddaughter, Savannah McCrea; and special family members, Bobbi McCrea & Abby Wood.
Leo was born August 26, 1920, to Frank and Ann (Deml) Zangl in New Ulm. He was united in marriage to Helen Wolf on September 15, 1952, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Morgan. After marriage they resided in New Ulm until moving to Countryside Apartments in Sleepy Eye in March, 2012. Leo graduated from New Ulm High School in 1939 and was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corp serving from 1942-1946. During that time he was stationed in England, France and Germany repairing B-17 bombers. He received a commendation for his part in keeping our bombers in the air in the months prior to D-day. Returning to civilian life, he worked in auto service, eventually running his own service station until 1969. He then worked for Skyline Mobile homes, Fischer Auto Service and finally AMPI until his retirement in 1983, after which he held part-time jobs with Norb Portner and Del Monte. From 1991-2008, he was a volunteer driver for Heartland Express and Meals-on-wheels. Leo was also proud to be a "friend" of Bill W. for 32 years.
In his early years, Leo enjoyed the music of the big band era, hanging out with friends, bowling, and playing cards or other games with his children and grandchildren. He loved eating snacks and desserts, especially ice cream, pretzels, pistachios and chocolate. In his last years, he was content observing the chaos of family gatherings and taking many naps.