Rev. Father Leonard F. Siebenaler, age 89 of Hastings, passed away peacefully at Regina Medical Center on Monday evening, January 16, 2023.
Leonard Francis, the son of Mathias and Christine (Gores) Siebenaler, was born on December 3, 1933, at home in New Trier. Following his graduation from Nazareth Hall High School in 1951, Leonard attended Nazareth Hall College, and later entered The St. Paul Seminary where he was ordained in 1959. From that point forward, Father Leonard was blessed to work with many great parishes including: St. Ann's Catholic Church in North Minneapolis (1959-1964 & 1968-1971), St. Mary of the Lake in White Bear Lake (1964-1968), St. Paul Catholic Church in Zumbrota and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bellechester where he served as Pastor (1971-1974), St. Columba Catholic Church in St. Paul (1974-1981), Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in St. Louis Park (1981-1993), St. Michael Catholic Catholic Church in St. Michael (1993-2002), and in his retirement he happily assisted at St. Pius Catholic Church in Cannon Falls and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Miesville. Outside of his vocation, Father Leonard enjoyed golfing, playing his classical guitar, and singing. He also loved cars, especially his Buicks over the years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Kay Hoffman; and by his brothers-in-law, Jim Neisen and Norbert Hoffman.
Father Leonard is survived by his siblings, Rev. Father Martin Siebenaler, Rev. Father John Siebenaler, Therese Siebenaler, Donna Neisen, Edward (Theresa) Siebenaler, Raymond (Karen) Siebenaler, and Bernard M. (Joanie) Siebenaler; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 20, 2023, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings, with Bishop Joseph A. Williams officiating. Interment will be held at the parish cemetery.
Family and friends are cordially invited to a visitation from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening at Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel of Hastings, and from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Friday morning at church. A reception will also be held at church immediately following the service
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. John Vianney Seminary, 2115 Summit Avenue mail #5024 St. Paul, Mn 55105 in memory of Father Leonard.
Arrangements are being completed by Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel of Hastings.