Leonard Joseph Blaschko, 88, of Henderson, MN passed away peacefully into the arms of our
loving Father on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter. He was
born on January 12, 1926 in Le Center, MN to Joe and Nora (Frassel) Blaschko.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 9 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in
Henderson. Fr. Sam Perez will officiate. Visitation will be on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the
Kolden Funeral Home in Henderson and will continue at the funeral home on Friday morning
from 8:00 to 10:15 a.m. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Center.
Leonard was in the newspaper and printing business for a total of 52 years. He was employed at
the Le Center Leader for many years before becoming the editor for the Henderson Independent
on April 1, 1960.
Leonard enjoyed horses, playing Pfeffer, being with family and always had a twinkle in his eye
and a witty remark for everyone he met.
Leonard was a dedicated member of the American Legion Post #74 since 1961. He proudly
served his country in the National Guard and was called up to active duty and served statewide at
Camp Rucker, Alabama in 1951 and 1952 during the Korean Conflict.
He was also a proud and dedicated promoter of the City of Henderson. He served as chairman
of the Red Cross relief effort during the 1965 flood that threatened Henderson. He served on the
Henderson City Council, was a member of the planning and zoning commission, a member of
the Henderson Chamber of Commerce and was a charter and former member of the Henderson
Lions Club. He served as President and Secretary of the Henderson Booster Club for several
years and enjoyed over 25 years serving on the Sibley County Fair Board Association. He was
also a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Catholic Foresters.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley (Hoffman) Blaschko whom he loved and was
dedicated to; children, Russell (Debbie) of Mankato, Curt (Cheryl) of Henderson, Renee
(Ed) Berger of Henderson and Chris (Laurie) of New Prague; 14 grandchildren and 4 great
grandchildren; sisters, Barb (Jim) Brandt of Le Center and Helen (John) Percevich of Lead,
South Dakota; sister-in-law, Janice (George) Welcke of Le Center and many nieces and
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Nora (Frassel) Blaschko; brothers, Harry,
Vernie, Donnie and Ralph and sisters, Delores Erkel, Delora Schaunessy and most recently,
The family extends great gratitude to the staff at the Benedictine Living Community and Hospice
of the Valley for the loving care that he received.