Leon Eugene Konieczny
April 21, 1949
February 2, 2018
Leon Eugene Konieczny, 68, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, February 2, 2018.
Visitation will be Tuesday, February 6th from 5-7 p.m. with Rosary recited at 7 p.m. in Brenham Memorial Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, February 7th at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Leon was adored by his wife, Frances of 47 years; children, Curtis and wife Dawn Konieczny and Tracy and husband Keith Mikolajchak; three granddaughters, Brooke, Katie and Kenley which were his pride and joy; and sponsored child Sony Rosemary Hembrom of India. Colton Maass, known as Leon’s second son, will always hold a valuable place in he and his family’s heart.
Leon was born April 21, 1949 in Brenham to Ike and Leona (Rosner) Konieczny. Leon attended St. Mary’s Catholic Schools and on June 20, 1970, he married the love of his life Frances Bednar in St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Everyday Leon would ask Frances, “How’s the prettiest girl in the whole wide world doing today?” They had true unconditional love.
They had their son Curtis in 1973 and daughter Tracy in 1976. He was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Leon and Frances shared a special Catholic bond by saying the rosary together every morning. They cherished their time in prayer together and relied on their faith to carry them through their many journeys in life.
Leon enjoyed doing farm work and he and his wife cherished the beauty of the outdoors, their cattle, and dogs. He loved Sunday rides in his covered wagon with family and friends and his two mules, Ruth and Honey. Leon worked for Gilbert Janner in his teenage life, then at the Brenham and Sealy Auction Barn where he got to work alongside his Dad, Ike. He worked at TFE Company for 30 years and made many friendships that lasted his lifetime. Upon his retirement, he was so happy to visit with his brother George every day. He was the best summer “Popo Sitter” and gave his granddaughters experiences and memories to last a lifetime. He loved calls from his sisters and friends and always made it a point to call his kids daily.
Leon loved to laugh, he never said a cross word to anyone. He had a heart of gold and enjoyed the simple life. Leon found it important to contribute to the poor and needy as he admired the works of Mother Teresa.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Marie Rose Konieczny, Dorothy Bilski, Regina Kubeczka; brother, Edwin Joe; brothers-in-law, Steve Bilski, Alphonse Kubeczka, Lee Quinn, Bill Paskie, Rufus Uilkie; sisters in law, Barbara Paskie, Delores Bednar, Patsy Parker and Helen Konieczny; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard and Martha Bednar.
His loving family that remain include: wife of 47 years, Frances; son, Curtis Konieczny and wife Dawn; daughter, Tracy Mikolajchak and husband Keith; granddaughters, Brooke Konieczny, Katie Mikolajchak, Kenley Mikolajchak; brother, George Konieczny; sisters, Natalie Uilkie, Emily (Edwin) Bolcerek, Joann (Doug) Macat; sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, Clara (Larry) Derrick, Lebon Parker.
Pallbearers will be Joe Kmiec, Colton Maass, Matt Macat, Grant Parker, Olin Parker, Delphine Merkel, Russell Bartkowiak, and Jimmie Ramirez. Leon’s pallbearers in heaven waiting for him are Glen Dreyer, Larry Schulz, and Jimmy Brisco.
Honorary Pallbearers are Eddie and Ella Mae Love, Kenneth and Sally Blum, George Konieczny, Doug and Amber Bass, Leroy Solomon, Butch and Sheryl Hegemeyer, Milton and Linda Hueske, and Larry and Clara Derrick.
Leon’s family would like to give their heartfelt love and thanks to Texas Home Health, especially Shelley Hitchcock, RN, Sarah Kmiec, PT, and Wayne Milsap, PTA, who gave such great care to Leon and love and compassion to the family, and to Brazos Valley Hospice Brenham team who spent five days providing exactly what our family needed, and loving and caring for our hero. Thanks to our MD Anderson family that were by our side the past one and a half years. Our family will forever be grateful to all our family and friends that helped us through the last two years of Daddy’s journey.
The family is requesting if you have any special memories of Leon that you please share them by writing them down so that they can be placed in “Our Special Memories of Leon” jar so that we will never forget all the precious memories made with him.
In memory of Leon, memorials are requested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee, 38105 where Leon prayed for there to be a cure so young children would not have to experience cancer, Texas Home Health, 526 West Main St., Brenham, TX 77833; and Hospice Brazos Valley, 302 E. Blue Bell Rd., Brenham, TX 77833.