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Leonard Michael Weiss, 48

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Leonard Michael Weiss, age 48, of Hastings, formerly of Bloomingdale, N.J., died Sunday, Aug. 9, surrounded by his family, after a five-year battle with colon cancer.

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He is preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Phyllis Weiss. He is survived by Tara, his wife of 20 years, daughter, Maggie; son, Lenny; brother, Bob (Dawn); nephew, James; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends, aunts, uncles and cousins in Minnesota and New Jersey.

Lenny grew up in Bloomingdale, and went to college in River Falls, Wis., where he met his future wife, Tara Donohue. Embracing his wife's Irish heritage to adopt it as his own, they were married Aug. 19, 1988, and their children, Margaret Ann "Maggie," and Leonard Thomas "little, little Lenny," soon followed. In 2005, Lenny was diagnosed with color cancer and began aggressive chemotherapy treatments. Lenny loved people and looked forward to chats with family and friends, Making it a priority to help out whenever asked those he loved. He loved sports and sporting events, something he passed on to both his beloved children. Also, he enjoyed his job at Dakota County, where his many co-workers always had a smile and laugh for him. Lenny was well known for his humor, his laugh, his famous Italian cooking, a love of sports and that mischievous twinkle in his eyes.

A Mass of Christian Burial, with Fr. Allan Paul Eilen officiating, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday Aug. 13, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 W. 15th St., Hastings. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, at church, and one hour prior to mass at the church on Thursday. Interment will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Miesville. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

The Wise Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Go to www.wisefamilyfh.com to view the memorial video and sign the online guestbook.

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