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Leo Werlinger

June 05, 1937 - July 18, 2021

Funeral Service - Thursday

July 22, 2021
- 10:00 AM with a visitation one hour prior.

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center


Boulger Funeral Home

Leo Werlinger

June 05, 1937 - July 18, 2021


Leo B. Werlinger passed away unexpectedly on July 18, 2021, at the age of 84. Leo was born on the family farm south of Napoleon, ND, on June 5, 1937, to Anton and Rose (Mitzel) Werlinger. He attended a rural country school through the eighth grade, graduating from Napoleon High School in 1956. In his youth Leo developed his lifelong love for playing sports. He lettered in the four sports offered at Napoleon High, and loved to play slow pitch softball, playing regularly until he was 56.

Leo graduated from North Dakota State University in 1960 in Pharmacy. After a residency in Beach, ND, he accepted a pharmacist position in 1961 with White Drug in Fargo. It was there he met Connie Gunderson, and in 1962 they were married. Leo spent the next 20 years as a pharmacist with White Drug and later also assumed the manager role of the north Fargo locations. Leo and Connie raised their two children, Greg and Chris, on Fargo’s north side and loved their close-knit neighborhood. In 1981, Leo and Connie purchased Casselton Drug in Casselton, ND. Leo served on the Casselton Business and Professional Committee for a time. He sold the Casselton Drug store in 2004, and he and Connie returned to Fargo for retirement.

In his retirement Leo spent cherished time with his wife, Connie, and together they kept busy helping friends and family and attending the events of their grandchildren. They were avid NDSU Bison football and basketball fans and tried to never miss a home game. Leo enjoyed playing golf at Moorhead Country Club with a regular group of friends. He will always be remembered as a playful grandfather who loved playing with his grandkids and great grandkids, teaching them sports. We are saddened he left us suddenly, but the memories he left us will remain, and we will believe as he did that tomorrow will always be better than today.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Rose Werlinger; brothers, Victor, Ray, Tony, Dennis, and Joseph; sisters, Phyllis, and Marcie.

He is survived by his wife, Connie; two children, Gregory (Kim) Werlinger, Christi (Steve) Armbrust; five grandchildren, Logan (Anna) Werlinger, Dawson Werlinger, Annika Werlinger, Dustin (Samantha) Armbrust, and Katelyn (Tanner) Olson; five great-grandchildren: Oliver Armbrust, Nora Armbrust, Maggie Armbrust, Abigail Olson, Sophia Olson.

A special thanks to Fargo’s first responders and the staff at Essentia Health. Memorials preferred to the contributor’s organization of choice in Leo’s name.

There will be a funeral service at 10:00 AM on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with a visitation one hour prior.


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12 responses to “Leo Werlinger”

  1. Marge gendreau says:

    To Connie and family,
    My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you. We all know what a good man Leo was. I remember as if it was yesterday….he would take Gene golfing during his times of poor health . It was a challenge but Leo kindly did it out of the goodness of his heart. This speaks of the man he was…kind….thoughtful. A blessing.

  2. Kaye Belzer says:

    Was saddened to read of Leo’s passing. He was nice man always enjoyed visiting with him at the drugstore and whenever I ran into him. He will be missed. Treasure the memories and the time you had him. God Bless.

  3. Lou and Tom Wetzel says:

    Connie and family,

    Our hearts go out to all of you during this sad time. You and Leo were such special friends to my mom and dad, Martha and Tony Knoll. They so enjoyed all the casino visits and card games. You were such an important part of their lives and we will always be grateful for that. Know that you are in our prayers.

  4. Kiara Mens and Emma Johnson says:

    We were blessed to see Leo golfing at the Moorhead Country Club at least 5 times a week and thoroughly enjoyed his company. He would always come in with a smile and ask us how school was going. We will miss him dearly.

  5. Renee Bernardy Buckman says:

    So sorry to hear about Leo, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  6. Karen Steidl says:

    Chris and family, we’re so sorry about your dad’s passing.
    Our deepest sympathy,
    Karen & Lee Steidl
    Ashley & Aaron Temple

  7. Dirk says:

    Chris – I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I’m so glad he was able to see all you have accomplished with your mill and the schoolhouse. He was proud! My thoughts are with you and the entire family. Take care!

  8. Sandie Werlinger says:

    Connie and family. So sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  9. Steven M James says:

    Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Leo was a treasure and he will be missed by all of us at the Moorhead CC. His sense of humor and radiant smile were always a high point of every day.

  10. Carol Radermacher says:

    Thinking of your family during this difficult time. Ron and I always enjoyed our conversations with him at Casselton Drug. Treasure the memories.

  11. Mary Ann Weigel says:

    I went to school with Leo and his siblings at Weigel # 4 country school. Leo was one of the nicer, older boys, and as a younger girl I appreciated that. My appreciation of him as a young man. Of course, I haven’t seen him for 65 years, but remember him fondly.

  12. Anton Braun says:

    I am from Napoleon, North Dakota, alto a little younger than Leo, I remember him very well durning his high school years here in napoleon, he was a very good player in all sports. Connie and family my condolences to you.

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