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Leonard Gaiovnik

Leonard Gaiovnik Obituary
Leonard Gaiovnik passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 at the age of 83. He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota to Alphonse and Mathilda Gaiovnik. He was the fifth of six children.

In St. Paul, Leonard attended St. Luke's grade school, Cretin High School and St. Thomas College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history. A Korean War veteran, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1953 to 1956 and earned the rank of sergeant.

Leonard married Jean Gremmels on Aug. 26, 1959 at St. Columba church in Durango. He was employed by Univac in St. Paul and by the U.S. Postal Service in Durango. He was a member of the American Legion Unit 28, VFW Post 4031 and Elks Lodge No. 507, where he served in various offices.

Leonard is survived by his wife Jean, daughters Linda (Kevin) Flohr of Glenwood Springs, Carol (Michael) Carlson of Rio Rancho, N.M., Ann Gaiovnik (Bud Andersen) of Durango, and son Leonard C. Gaiovnik, also of Durango, as well as grandchildren Sean, Michael, Kevin, Nicholas, Caleb, Brandee, Michael, Cyd and Shelby.

Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 254 E. Fifth Avenue. Burial at Greenmount Cemetery will follow the mass, with a reception at VFW Post 4031 following. Donations may be made to the or the American Legion, VFW, or the Veterans Committee or Handicapped Access Fund at the Elks Lodge.
Published in The Durango Herald on Nov. 7, 2018
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