Leonard Sticha

February 25, 1932 - March 28, 2021

Leonard R. Sticha, age 89, of New Prague, entered eternal life surrounded by his family on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Praha Village.  Leonard was born, the youngest of 8 children on February 25, 1932 at the family farmstead in Cedar Lake Township to Joseph A. and Elizabeth (Simek) Sticha.  He attended country district school.  Leonard married the love of his life, Rose Ann Horejsi, on October 9, 1954 at Most Holy Trinity Church in Veseli.  The couple farmed until Rosie’s death from cancer in 1998.  After retiring from farming, Leonard found employment in mowing lawn at Lone Pine Golf Course, a job which he thoroughly enjoyed for many years.  Leonard was no stranger to tragedy; his son Randy’s untimely death in a farming accident and his wife’s death so young, made his already compassionate heart a natural for the work that led to his employment with Bruzek Funeral Home for about 20 years.  Leonard’s affable personality and love of people made him an icon of the community; he could strike up a conversation with anyone and loved nothing more than a good joke or prank.  He loved animals and children and was noted to always carry candy in his pocket.  His very best friend for the last 12 years of his life, was his faithful dog, Max.  Leonard also had a very dedicated following in the many gigs he played for about 30 years with Lenny’s Concertina Band; after the band disbanded, Leonard continued to play at St. Patrick Church Festival, until his health made it impossible.  The highlights of Leonard’s life were his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the foster children who came into his life; he always noted their activities and accomplishments and loved them without conditions!  The twinkle in his eye, his ready wit, and his kindness and compassion will be missed by so very many, including the caregivers and friends at Praha Village, his home for the last year.


Leonard is survived by his children, Corrine “Connie” (Steve) Schoenbauer of New Prague, Linda (Dr. Steve) Kreuser of Jordan, Dr. Thomas (Susan) Sticha of Prior Lake, Cheryl (Mark) Rezac of New Prague; daughter-in-law, Cathy (Jim) Beuch of Jordan; sister-in-law, Jeanette Sticha of Lonsdale; 19 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Rose Ann on July 25, 1998; son, Randy Sticha; grandchildren, Erin & Ben Kreuser and Joseph & Ty Schoenbauer; parents; brothers, Frank J., Joseph F., Stanley G., and Bohumil; sisters, Julia Malecha, Mary Horejsi, Sophie Horejsi.


Private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at St. Patrick Catholic Church of Cedar Lake.  Burial will take place at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery.  Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.

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Mari Beer (Schopenhauer)
13 days ago

Dear Connie @ Steve an the entire family, We are so.deeply sorry on the loss of your.Dad..You are all in our thoughts an prayers…May god bring you comfort in the days, an months to come.Your Dad was a very special man. Sail on Eagles wings Leonard… Gods blessings to all of you…Mari an Dave an families…Love all of you deeply!!I Hugs

Meg & Cliff DeFor
18 days ago

We were sorry to hear of the passing of your dad/grandpa. We just wanted you to know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Sympathies to all of you.

JoAnn Beuch
19 days ago

My prayers for the Sticha family, Leonard was such a lovely man, always smiling and ready for to tell a good joke, St Patrick’s family will deeply miss him.

Leah Baker
19 days ago

My thoughts are with your family. I think Leonard touched so many lives in so many ways. I remember spending time on the farm when I was a child. Rose Ann and Leonard were very generous. I remember a lot of laughing and concertina music. My mom, Pat Baker used to go grocery shopping to Bloomington with Rose Ann and a car full of kids. My dad, Chuck Baker used to bring used car oil to the farm and I remember Leonard always was around to lend a helping hand. Accept my sympathy and prayers.

Randy and Kim Strop
20 days ago

We are very sorry to hear about Grandpa Sticha’s passing. We will always remember his quick and easy replies for everything! What a wonderful man!

Dianne Griffith
20 days ago

Lenny and Chester playing in the heavenly band, finishing their earthly journey months apart. I am sure Dad greeted him as he entered those heavenly gates.. So sorry for your loss.

Katie Adamek
20 days ago

I am so sorry to hear of Len’s passing! I so enjoyed his quick wit! He was my last cousin, and now I am the only one of all the cousins on the Simek side! Katie Adamek.

John and Erica Meyer
20 days ago

We are so sorry to hear of your loss! Our sincere condolences to your entire family.

Julie Sirek
20 days ago

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I worked in the past with Leonard at Praha. Wonderful, kindhearted, jokester, and my connect 4 pal. Rest in Peace Leonard.

Barb Novotny
21 days ago

From our family to yours, we are sending our deepest and sincerest condolences. We will always keep close in our hearts, the fondest memories of Leonard.
Smith & Novotny Family

Mike and Deanna Riker
21 days ago

Our hearts are deeply saddened to hear of Leonard’s passing. Leonard was a wonderful man. Our sincere condolences to the entire family.

Don &Dianne Kes
21 days ago

Our sorrow with Leonard death, he was such a nice gent man, he had time to talk to us every time we met.

JeNean Erickson
21 days ago

The Moore family is so sorry for the loss of your beloved Leonard. Thoughts and prayers for him and the entire Sticha family.

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