Born: May 11, 1929
Died: June 20, 2014
Honorable Leo F. Schlaefer, retired circuit court judge of Washington County, passed away on Friday, June 20, 2014. He was born in Campbellsport on May 11, 1929, the son of the late William and Mary (nee Bell) Schlaefer.
On June 22, 1963, Leo was united in marriage to Marilyn M. Flasch at Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend.
After completing St. Matthew’s Catholic Grade School, he attended St. Lawrence Seminary and graduated from St. Norbert College in 1951. He then served with the United States Air Force from 1951 until his discharge in 1955. Upon returning to Wisconsin, he attended the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. After graduation, Leo joined the Schloemer Law Firm.
Leo was the first judge elected to serve on the newly created Washington County Circuit Court Branch IV in April of 1988 and retired in the year 2000.
Judge Schlaefer was a past member of numerous church and community organizations. These include the Washington County Chairperson of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Stewardship Appeal, the Board of Directors of Catholic Social Services Milwaukee, Holy Angels Parish Council and former trustee of the Holy Angels School Trust Fund. He was a past-president of the Washington County Bar Association, served on the board of directors of the local chapter of the American Red Cross, and past Washington County Chairperson of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
Leo was also past-president of the Moraine Symphony Orchestra and served on the orchestra’s board of directors, a member of the West Bend Noon Rotary Club and the Fr. Casper Rehrl Council #1964 Knights of Columbus.
Leo loved sports and music. He enjoyed golf, softball and racquetball. He was active in a barbershop quartet, “The Half Notes”, the Holy Angels Senior Choir and Musical Masquers.
Survivors include his wife Marilyn; 3 daughters Lisa (Mark) Gaston of Elgin,IL, Sara (Greg) Werner of Barrington, IL and Amy (Tim) Briscoe of Mequon; 11 grandchildren: Alexandra, Annalise and William Gaston, Jacob, Hannah and Elizabeth Werner and Martha, Isabel, Leo, George and Francis Briscoe; 3 brothers Bill (Marge), Mark (Jeanne) and Philip (Jo); 1 sister Denise Miniskey; 1 brother-in-law Donald (Shirley) Flasch; 1 aunt Dorothy (Emil) Shelendick; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1 sister Dorothy Schoofs; 3 brothers-in-law Larry Schoofs, Richard Miniskey and Paul Wiedmeyer and 1 sister-in-law Shirley Wiedmeyer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, June 25 at 5 p.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church with Rev. Gerald Brittain presiding. Private burial will be in Holy Angels Cemetery. The family will greet relatives and friends during a period of visitation at the church only on Wednesday from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. There will be a Knights of Columbus prayer service at 4:45 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials to Holy Angels Parish, Serenity Hospice Care or the Wisconsin Parkinson’s Association.
Leo’s family would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to the caregivers of Serenity Hospice Care and The Lighthouse of West Bend.
The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. On-line guestbook and condolences available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.