Leo grew up on a dairy farm in Sartell with his five brothers and three sisters. Going to country school until 8th grade, he jokes that one day he walked in the front door and out the back. He loved everything about farm life; even picking rocks. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing softball with the neighbors. He even taught their horse how to dance.
At 21, Leo was involved in a farming accident that caused him to lose four fingers on his right hand but that didn’t deter him. He was determined to do anything anyone else could; and so he did. He lived on the family farm until he was 26. After working at a local meat packing plant for 19 years he went back to farming as a hired man on two different farms until he retired.
During his three years at Good Shepherd, Leo has enjoyed all of the many activities that go on throughout the day; he very seldom misses one. His favorites include bowling, cards and most recently, “Art a La Carte.” The final flag project that the residents put together was very special to him.
When not participating in an activity, he can usually be found at one of the community computers around campus. He had never used a computer until he moved into Good Shepherd but now, after learning how to use one, he enjoys reading the news online and playing games.
During the holiday season Leo fondly recalls when he was in country school and the students put on Christmas plays. He always enjoyed acting in them. And the little bag of old fashioned hard candy that Santa left was always a favorite tradition.
We are proud that Leo calls Good Shepherd home.