Leonard Buresh

leonard buresh
Deacon Leonard Buresh, 86, Fargo, died, Thursday August, 23, 2018 in his home. Leonard W. Buresh was born, May 25, 1932 to Louis and Agnes (Jirges) Buresh in New Hradec, ND. Leonard received his education at St. Peter and Paul Catholic School in New Hradec, ND. He attended high school for 2 years in Lilse, IL, and completed high school in Dickinson, ND. Leonard entered the military service in 1951. After his basic training in Fort Smith, AR, he was stationed in Fort Ord, OK, Fort Carson, CO, Fort Hood, TX, and The Aleution Islands, AK, during the Korean War. Leonard was united in marriage to Anna Marie Schmidt on December 27, 1951. Leonard was employed by F.W. Woolworth then at the S&L store in Dickinson. The family moved to Bemidji, Harvey, Hutchinson, Grafton, and Fargo. Leonard became permanent Deacon in the Fargo diocese in 1993, and served at the Sunset Home, Development Center, as an RCIA instructor and started the jail ministry in Grafton, ND. Most recently Leonard served at Holy Cross Catholic Church in West Fargo, retiring in 2014. Leonard is survived by his wife; Anna Marie, children, Robert (Deb) Thief River Falls, MN, Ronald (Diane), Tucson, AZ; Teresa (Bob) Jercinovic, Florrisent, MO; Sharon (Marty – deceased) Shulte, Norfolk, VA; Thomas, Hutchinson, MN; Alice Fisher, Thief River Falls, MN; Mark (Lori) Wylie, TX; sisters, Veronica Quintus and Sr. Emma Buresh; brother, David (Jeri); 15 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Agnes; brother, Fr. Vitus, sister, Bernice Wilhelm; brother-in-law, Norbert Quintus, nephew, Gary Quintus.

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  1. Mary and I recall with fondness and appreciation our friendship with Leonard. A good man – always ready and willing to help those in need. Our sympathy to Anna and the family.

  2. Our deepest condolences for your loss. Prayers for your entire family. – Love Mike & Donna Seibman (Saint Louis, MO)

  3. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. Uncle Leonard will be greatly missed. I will always remember him as a fun loving individual.

  4. My condolences to Ann and the family. Leonard had many blessed qualities. He was my miracle man for it is because of him, I am here today and am able to do God’s work by caring for individuals who need assistance in life. He was truly a saint in my eyes. May God be with you at this time of need. Love Kevin

  5. I offer my condolences at the passing of Deacon Leonard.
    He was always so kind and helpful and responsible in his ministry at St. John’s in Grafton when I visited the area Migrants.
    May God console you Anne and his family.
    With sympathy and prayers,
    Sister Bernadette Trecker

  6. My condolences to Anna and the family !
    I remember Deacon Leonard as Mr.”B” I worked for him for many years and think of him fondly.

  7. Sharon Schulte has been our valued and very special member of the agency for several years. Knowing her gives credence to the character of her father.

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