Leonard Walter Bujak

L. Bujak newspaper photoLeonard Walter Bujak, 86, of Braham, formerly of Fridley, passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Leonard was born Nov. 15, 1926 in Minneapolis to parents Stanislaw and Victoria (Stelmaszewski) Bujak.  He attended a Catholic elementary school and went on to Minnesota Vocational High School, graduating in 1943. During his final year of high school, Len took vocational trading at the Barber College in Minneapolis. Shortly after Len graduated, his older brother was killed while serving on the USS Houston in the Sunda Straits. Soon after, Len decided to enlist in the United States Navy to avoid being drafted and was able to enter receiving higher rank due to his licensure in barbering. He served at several naval air training stations across the United States-barbering and was honorably discharged in 1946. Len continued this military service with the reserves but returned home to Minnesota where he worked as a barber in Minneapolis and Columbia Heights until 1951. Len then went on to work as a delivery driver for Griswold Corporation where he first met the love of his life, Josephine Hanych. After a lengthy courtship, the couple was united in marriage Oct. 2, 1954 at the All Saints Catholic Church in northeast Minneapolis. Together they made their home in a duplex in northeast Minneapolis.  Len and Jo were blessed with two children, Dale and Lana and in 1969 the family moved to Fridley.  Len continued to work for Griswold Corp–renamed Northwestern Automatic Products, as a scheduling foreman, retiring in 1988 after 37 years. Unable to sit still, Len continued to work with Jo part-time, cleaning a number of office buildings.  In 2002, Len and Jo moved to their current home in Braham.

Len took great pride in his home and loved to spend time tending to the yard or helping Jo in the garden. He took great enjoyment watching the birds and animals that would visit his backyard. Len loved his family dearly and was always present for all his kids and grandkids sporting events or programs, as an avid sports fan himself playing baseball and bowling on several leagues, and even coaching some of the teams. Len was a truly wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He will always be remembered for being a devout practicing catholic, leading his family guided by those principles and by absolute example. Len was proud of his Polish heritage, being the son of a Polish immigrant. There was never a time where he came first, constant and persistent service to others was his will. He will be truly missed by his family and friends.

Len is preceded in death by his parents; bother, Stanley Bujak; sister, Helen (Joe) Galka; and niece, Madeline Galka.

He is survived by his loving wife, Josephine; son, Dale (Kelley) of Braham; daughter, Lana (Lonnie) Mayo of Princeton; grandchildren, Alexander (Chaisty) Bujak, Joshua Austin, Douglas Bujak, Jessica Bujak, Justin Parenteau, and Samantha Mayo; great granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Madalyn Bujak; sister-in-law, Adeline (Calvin) Crosby of Cushing; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, June 4, at 11 a.m. at the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Braham with Fr. Nicholas Zimmer and Deacon Tom Pinataro officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 3, at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham and 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Music will be provided by Joni Nelson. Casket Bearers are Lonnie Mayo, Alexander Bujak, Joshua Austin, Douglas Bujak, Jessica Bujak, Justin Parenteau and Samantha Mayo. Interment will be in the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Braham. Military Honors are provided by the Cambridge American Legion. Arrangements were by the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham.