Leonard Wade Smith
June 18, 1920 - Feb. 24, 2012
Leonard Wade Smith was called to his heavenly home Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at the age of 91 surrounded by his family. Leonard was born in Mather on June 18, 1920, the son of John E. and Gertrude (nee Leonard) Smith. Leonard attended Mather Grade School and graduated from the Tomah High School in the Class of 1938.
Leonard served in the Civilian Conservation Corps for two years at Camp Petenwell before serving his county for four years in the U.S. Army during World War II. He also served in the U.S. Air Force for two years during the Korean War.
Leonard worked for many years for AT&T. During his time with AT&T, he held many positions, starting off as a repairman. He was promoted to an instructor and later retired in the supervisory management department.
His hobbies included woodworking, traveling and spending time with his family. Most recently, he enjoyed attending the many events that his grandchildren were in. Leonard was active in various church activities, serving as congregational president, a member of the Board of Elders and video ministry. He was a member of the Soat-Vergenz VFW Post 721 and was a charter member of the Golden K Kiwanis Club of Waukesha. For more than 11 years, Leonard served on the Whitewater Board of Education and served as past president. Leonard was an active member of the Republican Party and ran for Congress.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn of East Troy; a daughter, Kathryn (John) Cianciolo; a stepdaughter, Marcie (David) Kren; grandchildren, Paul and Renee Cianciolo and Hannah, Jonah and Joshuah Kren; and two sisters-in-law, Marie Blado and Hazel Blado. He is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Frank Nix; his first wife, Viola; and an infant granddaughter, Stephani Cianciolo.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. funeral service today, Feb. 28, at St. Paulís Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2665 North St. (Highway 20), East Troy. The Rev. Dale Baumler will officiate. Military honors will be performed by the Soat-Vergenz VFW Post 721. A second visitation will be held from noon until the 1 p.m. prayer service Wednesday, Feb. 29, at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, 801 E. Monowau St., Tomah. The Rev. Donald Buch will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to St. Paulís Evangelical Lutheran Church of East Troy or charity of choice.
Online condolences may be given at www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com.