Leonard E. Frolek

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Leonard E. Frolek, 92, Fargo, formerly of Lidgerwood, ND went home to Jesus on Sunday, June 12th at the St. Catherine’s South nursing home.

Leonard was born on October 4, 1929 in Liberty Grove township outside of Lidgerwood to Emma and Frank Frolek, Sr. Leonard served two stints in the US Army first from 1948-1949 and then from 1950-1951. He finished basic training at Fort Lewis, Washington serving in the 2nd Infantry Division. Leonard was stationed in Korea as a forward observer earning the rank of Sergeant.

Leonard worked as a self employed carpenter in the Lidgerwood area. He is a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church and a life member of the West Fargo VFW. Leonard took great pride in his family and his military service. Leonard and Josephine enjoyed traveling the U.S. and old time dances on Sunday afternoon. Later in life he enjoyed the Honor Flight to Washington, DC. The important lessons he taught his family were to work hard, be responsible, don’t worry too much and humor will get you through most situations. He will be greatly missed but will forever be in our hearts.

Leonard is survived by his wife of 68 years, Josephine of Fargo; daughters Doreen Bartos, Alexandria, MN; Karen Frolek, Pacific, WA; and son Dean (Gayle) Frolek, St. Joseph, MN; three grandchildren Brandi (Eric) Thoe, Lincoln (Christina) Steffens, Lexi Steffens and two great grandchildren Evan and Ellie Thoe, all of the Seattle area. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Frank and Joe and son-in-law Stephen Bartos.

A private graveside service will be held at Fargo’s National Veteran’s Cemetery with full military honors. Arrangements are through Boulger Funeral Home.

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  1. Leonard,
    I was just thinking of you the other day. I loved seeing you come to the front desk and visit me when I worked at the villa. We had do much fun. I missed you so much. I love you and miss you my friend.

  2. While visiting my mother, I always enjoyed speaking with Leonard. He was such a breath of fresh air.

  3. My sympathy goes out to my “Special Family”. I was able to spend time with Leonard and his daughter Karen at the VA in Fargo, what a fun time we had. Leonard always had a smile on his face.
    Rest in peace and we will meet again in heaven some day.

  4. I’m so sorry for your loss. I was able to visit with Leonard when he was at the VA in Minneapolis. He always had a smile on his face. Rest in peace Leonard until we meet again in heaven some day. Karen is the sister I never had. Bless you and your family💞

  5. I worked at Villa Maria. Leonard was my favorite!!! Loved him dearly. Such a sweet man. Im so sorry for your loss. He was a great man.

  6. As a former nurse of the facility where Leonard spent his last days, I reflect on the days I got the pleasure to care for him. He always had a smile plastered on his face and was ready to make you laugh – no matter the type of day he was having. I am grateful to say I got to know Leonard and care for him. After leaving the facility, Leonard is one who I thought about often. He will be greatly missed by many.

  7. Uncle Leonard and his family used to come to our home. Uncle Leonard always had a smile and joke for us. Playing together with his girls are some of my happiest childhood memories. I am so happy we were in Fargo last summer and had a chance to visit with this humble and gentle man. He will always have a special place in my heart.

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