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“Dear Mr. Haisenleder, Although I have not seen you in many years. I will never forget how sweet & how funny you were. Your smile & laughter could...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Joan Wotka - TN

“My Condolences to Family and Friends. Times Like this is hard as we part from a loved one. With all everlasting the years apart will be missed but...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: david cheslo - shelby twp, MI

“Rest in peace Leonard. It was a honor to be your friend for over 25 years. We shared many conversations while working with each other at Colonial...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Kevin Frabis - Macomb, MI

Nancy Edgeworth & Tim Gladwell “Uncle Lennie,I am so sad to hear you passed. It seems like you were just bowling your 200-games not long ago! We all have great memories and will...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Nancy Edgeworth - Salisbury, MD

“It was an honor to call you my father in law. I will miss you, but take comfort knowing you are reunited with Rita. ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Susan Haisenleder - Macomb, MI

“It was an honor to call you my father in law. I will miss you but take comfort in knowing you are reunited with Rita. ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Susan Haisenleder - Macomb, MI

Grandpa's 90th birthday ( 2017) and My wedding (2015) “I will miss your slap stick humor ("never forget where you came from Danny Boy"), Sunday church trips, scratching lottery tickets, long talks about...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Tara Haisenleder - VA

“Mr. Haisenleder, I truly enjoyed the time we shared at family get togethers and holiday celebrations. You always took time to engage in conversation...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Mike Beyer - Clinton Township, MI

“We'll Lenny, now that you are in heaven with your Mom and Dad, aka my Aunt and Uncle, please say hello for me and ask them to talk to God about us...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Edward Fouchia - Family Friend

Leonard James Haisenleder, age 91 of Roseville, passed away at home on Thursday, May 31, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 4, 1927 in Center Line (formerly Base Line), son of the late Caryl and the late Loretta (nee: Fouchia) Haisenleder.

Born at home in Base Line, known now as Center Line, Leonard was a proud graduate of St. Catherine High School in Detroit. Directly after graduating, Leonard received an important letter in the mail,…calling for his induction in the U.S. Army. So as the planning for his graduation party ensued, the family simply decided to make it a dual event,…so the cake read both Congratulations & Farewell. So off to the military he went.

With the end of World War II coming shortly after his entry into the service, a little over a year of his 1.8 years of obligation was spent in Italy where Leonard was trained in military intelligence. Having attained the rank of Private First Class, he received his honorable discharge on May 3, 1947.

Following his return stateside, Leonard dabbled a bit with a couple of short term stints of employment until landing a position as a butcher in Detroit's famed, Eastern Market. If you were looking for that perfect cut of meat, Leonard was your man. Further training, coupled with some inherent talents of his, found Leonard securing his next important and longstanding career as a skilled tradesman in the Tool & Die industry. At a time when the automobile realm was exploding, Leonard was positioned to benefit massively and enjoy great successes,…which is exactly what he experienced. After many years of dedicated and loyal service on the job, Leonard finally accepted his well-deserved retirement and began a whole new chapter in life as a Golden Warrior.

Yet long before all of that came a love story,…one that began on a bit of a rocky road, as it were. You see,…this was back in the day when dancing was huge and meeting "that special girl" at such venues was not out of the norm. So in walks Leonard with his date on his arm as the evening took shape. Soon he espies a vision of beauty from across the room (that would be Rita),…asks her for a dance,…she refuses, and that is when the initial spark was lit and the rest of the story was about to be written of the love between Leonard & Rita. That spark became a flame and the fires of passion led them both to the altar where they exchanged their vows of marriage on November 27, 1948 at St. David Catholic Church in Detroit. This would be the beginning of a long life together building upon the comforts of home & hearth, raising 5 beautiful children, and growing deeper in love with each passing day. Their first home as newlyweds was shared in a flat located in Detroit. It was the definition of humble beginnings until they were ready for the next chapter in life, their first house in the new and burgeoning community of Roseville. It is there they raised their 5 children and became the picture of Americana that began to speckle the nation. It was the start of the famed "Baby Boom" era that succeeded the Greatest Generation from whence they hailed.

When work was done, the chores were all accomplished, and he found time to call his own, one of Leonard's favorite pastimes was bowling. An avid participant in this All-American sport of family & friends, Leonard was quite adept and experienced at the game, and was still rolling a number of 200 games until just recently. Keeping within the realm of sports, he was a huge fan of the Detroit Red Wings, and an even greater fan of his iconic Boys of summer, the Detroit Tigers. Whether he was watching his skater's in their "winged wheel" or his batter's behind that famed & familiar Old English "D", either prospect was a winner as far as Leonard was concerned. And when it came to his favorite Tiger, there was no better competitor and champion than Al Kaline. Still around today and involved in the sport, is it any wonder why Mr. Kaline made Leonard's Team!?

Leonard was from a much simpler time that was infused with a lot of fine music and eclectic talents. As the song title depicts, it was the "Days of Wine & Roses" and bandleaders galore. Yet there was one bandleader that stood among the rest for Leonard, (and many thousands more as well) the ever-popular, Lawrence Welk. Back in the day, you would have probably been hard-pressed to find a television that was not tuned to The Lawrence Welk Show as it aired,…but Leonard was truly one of Lawrence's faithful followers.

Something else that set Leonard apart was the fact that he had never flown in an airplane, or any aircraft for that matter. If he traveled, it was either on terra-firma or water. He wasn't having anything to do with lifting off the ground. Basically, Leonard was thrilled and content in spending time right at home with family and friends,…especially when he was caressing an ice-cold Budweiser in the process. Known for his great sense of humor, he was always the life of the party and the light of his family's heart. He touched a multitude of hearts and souls in his journey this side of Heaven and leaves a legacy of love for all to enjoy who were blessed to know this wonderful man. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Leonard was the beloved husband of Rita for over 60 years until the two were parted by her passing in 2009. Leonard is remembered by his children Dan, Jim, Patty, Mary and Michael; and grandchildren Jamie, Michael, Cristina, Tara, Christopher, Eric, Elizabeth, Anna and Brendan. Also surviving are his brother, Ken and sister, Sally.

Visitation for Leonard will be held Monday, June 4th from 3 - 9 pm, with a 7 pm Rosary Service, at the D.S. Temrowski &