Deacon Leo A. Mugan

Deacon Leo A. Mugan, 62, of rural Cascade, went home to be with his Lord, surrounded by his family, on Friday, March 2, 2007, at his residence, after a lengthy battle with colon cancer.

He was born on Oct. 20, 1944, in Sheboygan, son of the late John A. and Marie (Boos) Mugan and baptized at St. Mary Catholic Church in Cascade.

He graduated from Waldo High School in 1962 and later attended St. Francis Seminary.

Leo married Rose-mary Jacak on Oct. 30, 1965, at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Campbellsport.

Together the couple owned and operated the family farm that had once been his great-grandfatherís in the town of Mitchell.

In addition to farming, Leo served on the town of Mitchell board for 32 years, first as supervisor and later as chairman.

He also was a member of the Plymouth School Board from 1980 to 1996, serving as president for four years.

At his home parish, St. Michaelís, he served as a religious education teacher, communion distributor, lector and building and grounds trustee.

After St. Michaelís consolidated with neighboring parishes, he and Rosemary became members of Shepherd of the Hills in Eden.

Leo entered the diaconate program at St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee in 2000 and was ordained a deacon at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Milwau-kee on June 11, 2005.

For a year and a half he served Shepherd of the Hills and St. John the Baptist of Plymouth, in his ministry.

In his leadership positions, Leo always had the courage to stand up for what he believed was right. He was known for his honest and forthrightness as well as his tremendous faith.

He loved being a deacon and devoted his time to visiting the elderly, ill and incarcerated; preaching and assisting at the altar for Masses; and officiating at weddings and baptisms.

He was fortunate to be able to serve at two wonderful, vibrant parishes.

In addition, he was proud of his loving family and his well-kept farm and machinery.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Rosemary; four children, Anne (George) Smith of Sun Prairie, Timothy (Jodee) Mugan of rural Cascade, Luke (Denise) Mugan of rural Cascade and Matthew (Paula) Mugan of West Bend; 11 grandchildren, Brian, Jacquelyn and Kevin Smith, Tory Schicker and Shaelyn Mugan, Elizabeth, Jenna, Levi and Joseph Mugan, Michaela and Sydney Mugan.

He is also survived by 10 siblings, William (Mary) Mugan of Carrollton, Texas, Elizabeth (Jim) Stuefen of Bradenton, Fla., Kathleen (Doug) Murray of Little Rock, Ark., Thomas (Karen) Mugan of Sun Prairie, Joan (Robert) Brigham of Plymouth, Mary (Jerry) Wieser of Plymouth, Eileen Mugan of Denver, Colo., James (Judy) Mugan of Fond du Lac, Patrick (Michelle) Mugan of Howards Grove, Janet (Dave) Schultz of Waukesha; aunts and uncles, Anne (Harold) Meyer of Plymouth, Bernice Mugan, of Plymouth, Rosemary (Emmett) Burg of Hartford and Ralph (Lois) Boos of Wauwatosa; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Carol (Harold) Kreif of Cambellsport, Shirley Lisowe of New Holstein, Helen (James) Medinger of Campbells-port, June (Robert) Kuntze of Minneapolis, Minn. and Joan (Alan) Rickmeier of Harahan, La.

He is further survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11a.m. on Thursday, March 8, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, with Very Rev. Dennis E. Van Beek, pastor, officiating.

Also presiding will be Father. Joseph J. Juknialis and Father Charles H. Wester of Shepherd of the Hills Parish, and Deacon Edward F. Cody of Beaver Dam.

Burial will follow in the St. Michaelís Cemetery in the town of Mitchell.

Friends may call on Wednes-day from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Witt-kopp-Schneider Funeral Home, 123 South St. Plymouth, and again on Thursday at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

A Memorial fund will be established in the name of Deacon Leo A. Mugan for St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and Shepherd of the Hills School.

Online condolences may be sent through www.wittkoppsch-neider.com

The family would like to thank Hospice Advantage of Sheboygan and all staff members, especially nurse and special friend Joanne Lueder and social worker Mary, for their skillful care and compassion.

The family also wishes to thank Dr. Santhosh Kumar and his nurses at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Center for their expertise and support, and Dr. Scott Tannenhill and the staff at the Regional Cancer Center in Sheboygan.

Thank you also to all the parishioners at St. John the Baptist and Shepherd of the Hills, in addition to other close friends, for their prayers and wonderful support of Leo and his family during his illness.