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Thomas D. Leitsch, Sr.

July 26, 1936 ~ December 28, 2020 (age 84)

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Thomas D Leitsch Sr, Unto God December 28, 2020

Thomas D Leitsch is survived by his wife Darlene.  The proud father of 7 children, Lori (Mario) Trentanelli, Ivy (Nick) Lenarz, Margaret, Thomas Jr (Kelly), Amy Klein, Sean (Linda), and Sarah Finn.  Grandfather to, Patricia, Phillip, Corinne, Michael, Melissa, Allison, AJ, Jonathan, Tommy, Ryan,  Kevin, Tony, Meaghan and Daisy.   Great Grandfather to, Braiden, Caiden, Emily, Phillip, Callie, Cooper, Finn, and Norah.  Loving godfather of Bob Feuling.  Fond uncle of many, many nieces and nephews.

He is survived by  siblings, Judy Eilers and David Fulford, sister-in-law Anita Fulford, brother-in-law Shelby Goldsmith. 

He is preceded in death by his father Paul Leitsch, his mother and step father, Jesse and David Fulford.  He is also preceded in death by his siblings – Robert Berger, Mary Ann Mollet, Paul Leitsch, Sue Farmer, Georgia Goldsmith, brother-in-laws Arthur Damerjian, Wally Eilers, Gene Farmer, Cliff Mollett, Michael Sullivan,  and sister-in-laws Patricia Damerjian, Mary Berger, Charlene Leitsch, Ruth Ann Sullivan.

Tom was born in 1936 in Carlyle, IL.  He moved to Chicago at the young age of 16.  He met his wife Darlene and they married when he was 19.  They resided in Chicago for many years, relocating to the far northern suburbs in the late 1980’s.  Many of their children followed them.  Tom and Darlene were the hub of their family.  

Who was Thomas D Leitsch Sr…? A fly fisherman.  A master builder.  An archery specialist.  A country western singer.  Oh, those were things that dad thought he was. Tom was a storyteller.  He could weave a tale with the best of them.  He loved to talk. 

Tom was outspoken.   You always knew where you stood with him. He worked for many years as a welder.  He was always one to have many projects going at one time, whether at work or at home.  He loved to keep busy.

Tom was a member of St Bede’s parish in Ingleside IL.  

Services will be private.

Memorials in Tom’s name to Orphans of the Storm, 2200 Riverwoods Rd., Deerfield, IL 60015,, or 847-945-0235, appreciated.

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Orphans of the Storm
2200 Riverwoods Rd., Deerfield IL 60015
Tel: 1-847-945-0235

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