Alhard A. ‘Al’ Leisten

April 4, 1929 – Nov. 17, 2010

Alhard A. "Al" Leisten, 81, of Shawano, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, in Milwaukee. He was born April 4, 1929, in Waukesha, the son of the late Alhard F. and Catherine (Gallitz) Leisten.

After graduating from high school, Al proudly served with the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and later became a member of the Shawano American Legion. Al was a vital and active man who loved and cherished his wife of nearly 57 years, Marilyn Meidenbauer. The couple was married Jan. 30, 1954, in Waukesha. Al worked for the Waukesha Postal Service for 42 years and retired as the superintendent of postal operations for the Waukesha and New Berlin offices. Upon his retirement, he and his wife moved to their current home in Shawano, where he became a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Al had great faith in God and shared his beliefs by singing in the Sacred Heart Church choir. He had many passions in life and his family was on the top of that list. He took great pride in his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, dancing, playing the piano, reading and traveling, especially on the many impromptu short trips he took with his wife. Al also loved to watch football games and was always rooting for the Green Bay Packers.

Al is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his children, John Leisten of Iowa, Dennis (Mary) Leisten of Minnesota, Ann (Rick) Whipp of Stevens Point and Ellen (Ron) Lyons of Oconomowoc; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He is further survived by a brother, Paul (Lana) Leisten of Hartland; a sister, Marion (Hank) Staub of Iowa; two sisters in-law, Lorraine Storck and Arlene Stanfield, both of Waukesha; and 32 nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Monday, Nov. 22, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano, with the Rev. Len Evers officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Shawano American Legion Post No. 117 at the church following the service.

Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information, call 715-526-2631 or visit online at