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Leo Dresnek


Leo Dresnek

Wasilla resident Leo Edward Dresnek Sr., 88 died on June 8, 2011, surrounded by his family at home in Wasilla, due to complications from diabetes.

A private viewing and burial was held for family on June 13. A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life reception will be held on June 25 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Bill Fournier officiating.

Leo was born October 30, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio to Albert L. and Martha (Healy) Dresnek. He moved to Alaska in 1968 where he worked for Northwest Auto, Frontier Rock and Sand as well as Anchorage Sand and Gravel before working as airport manager in McGrath and Aniak for the State of Alaska retiring in 1977. He and his family lived in Eagle River, Palmer, Lake Lucille, McGrath and Aniak before settling in Wasilla.

Leo enjoyed watching the Seattle Mariners and he also loved to watch wrestling and boxing, which he did in his younger days.

Leo met the love of his life and best friend, Shirley, when he was 17 and she was 13 in Cleveland. They married on May 5, 1945 in Cleveland and recently celebrated 66 years of marriage together.

"He has left a large void in our lives and we now have to learn how to fill that void. But we will prevail as he would expect us to live life to its fullest. We will honor him by doing just that," his family wrote.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years Shirley Dresnek, daughters Shirley Smith, Martha (Ray) Nekeferoff, Meri Stewart, Irene Kemp, and Nancy (Craig) Henrionnet. He is also survived by his sons David (Jean) Dresnek, Michael (Marilyn) Dresnek, Steve Dresnek, Leo (Kitty) Dresnek, and John(Kathleen) Dresnek, as well as 24 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers , Albert Dresnek Jr. and Ramon Dresnek

In Lieu of flowers, cards and/or donations may be sent to Shirley Dresnek 6730 E. Zephyr Drive Wasilla, AK 99654

The family was cared for by Valley Funeral Home and Crematory in Wasilla.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Thursday, June 23, 2011.