Leonard D. Sosinski, age 98, of Woodstock, passed away Monday, January 20, 2014 at Centegra Hospital – Woodstock, in the arms of his children.
Leonard was born October 10, 1915, in Bronson, Michigan. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he served in the US Navy during the Second World War from 1942 to 1945. A hero in the eyes of his family as well as his country, Leonard was honored in 2013 for his service as a Pearl Harbor first responder.
After the war he studied nursing and worked as a nurse anesthetist until he retired at the age of 65 from McHenry Hospital in 1980.
He married his soul mate, Marie Francis Bonacci, on February 6, 1943. The couple had eleven children: Christine (Robert) Lane, Michael (Cindy) Sosinski, Rose (Dale) Magness, Mary (Mark) Fuller, Leonard (Jan) Sosinski, Dr. Elizabeth (Val Podkowirow) Sosinski, Daniel Sosinski, Jean Ann Doyle, Elaine (Michael) Brya, Carol (Mark) Bitto, William Sosinski; 29 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Leonard was an avid gardener and turned his hobby into his livelihood after his retirement in 1980 when he moved from Wildwood to a home he built for his wife in Woodstock. There he planted an orchard, and grew produce and pumpkins.
Leonard was an avid Catholic and served as an Eucharistic Minister at St. Patrick Church in Hartland. He was devoted to his faith and his family all of his life. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, 634 Starve Rock Council, Ottawa, Illinois.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Justen’s Wonder Lake Funeral Home, 7611 Hancock Drive, Wonder Lake, IL 60097.
On Friday, January 24, we will be leaving the funeral home at 10 a.m. for the 11 a.m. funeral Mass to be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Hartland, 15012 St. Patrick Road, Woodstock, IL 60098.
Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Woodstock.
For information call the funeral home at 815-728-0233 or send the family an online condolence at www.justenfh.com