THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Rev. Leo R. Lessard
Issue Date: March 7, 2018
Rev. Leo Robert Lessard, 87, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018
with faith in the Resurrection of Jesus and entered into eternal life.
Born July 6, 1930 in Niagara, to Louis D. and Olive (Beaumier) Lessard, he attended Niagara High School and then St. Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee. He was ordained by Bishop Stanislaus V. Bona on June 11, 1960 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay.
His first appointment was as assistant pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Niagara and then St. Philip the Apostle Parish in Green Bay. In 1964, he was granted permission to spend time with the Maryknoll Fathers, in Maryknoll, N.Y. He returned to the Diocese of Green Bay in 1965, where he was appointed assistant pastor at several parishes including St. Paul in Combined Locks, St. John in Green Bay and St. Joseph in Marinette.
In 1970, he was appointed pastor of St. Mary's of the Lake Parish in Lakewood and served the stations at Crooked Lake, Silver Cliff and Mountain. His fellow priests elected him to the Priests' Senate of Vicariate I in 1976.
He was appointed pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Suamico and St. Pius Parish in Little Suamico in 1981. In that same year,he became a field advocate in the Marriage Tribunal. Beginning in 1984, he served as Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Florence and Sacred Heart Parish in Aurora.
He retired in 2000 and lived at his home on Bear Lake in Lakewood until 2015 when he moved to Lakewood Assisted Living. He continued his pastoral service as a Sacramental help out.
A strong devotion and love to the Blessed Virgin Mary, he was an advocate of the Rosary and considered Mary as the one who inspired him toward priesthood. He also had a devotion to St. Gemma Galgani and concelebrated Mass almost every day until six months ago until his health didn't allow.
He loved being with people through his conversations and friendly visits to people's homes and he touched the life of many individuals and families. In his younger years he was an avid skier and loved camping and fishing in Canada with friends.
Survivors include a sister, MaryJane Weiher, Arizona; two brothers, Richard (Mary) Lessard, Arkansas and Thomas (Doris) Lessard, Franklin and many uncles; aunts; nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a Brother, James Lessard and a sister, Lucille Groleau.
Visitation and Reception of The Body took place on Wednesday, March 7 from 9 a.m. until time of the Funeral Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's of the Lake Parish in Lakewood, with Most Rev. Robert Morneau, Celebrant and Msgr. Paul Koszarek, Homilist. Burial was in the Parish cemetery. Weber Hill Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.