Nov. 6, 1933 — Nov. 1, 2012

Leo J. Pronschinske passed away Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at the age of 78. He resided in New Berlin, Wis.

Leo is survived by his beloved wife, Marie; two stepsons, Joe Krzewinski of Chicago and Jim Krzewinski of Milwaukee; and stepdaughter, Beth Moritz of Moorpark, Calif. Leo is further survived by stepgrandchildren, Jack, Ashley and Brooke, and 30 nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by six siblings, Emil, Adelaide (Sr. Adele), Wilmer, Simon, Olive and Leonard.

Leo was born to Leo A. and Margaret (nee Schaefer) Pronschinske on Nov. 6, 1933, in western Wisconsin, near Waumandee in Buffalo County. He received his bachelor’s degree at Winona State University and his master’s degree at Aurora, Ill. He also did graduate work at the University of Colorado and the University of Wisconsin. Leo was an instructor of science at East Troy schools for 34 years from 1959 to 1993. He is a member of St. Mary’s Visitation Catholic Church in Elm Grove, Wis.

A passionate deer hunter, he led many successful group hunts with friends back on his family farm in Buffalo County until his 70s. After retirement, he briefly taught courses for Aurora University and worked with special needs students at East Troy. Genealogy became his hobby and passion and with the help of cousins, completed a family tree and organized a family reunion every five years. He compiled a book which contained the stories of the 10 families of the Albert and Marion (nee Schank) Pronschinske offspring. Leo also wrote a book on the history of the Pronschinske origins in Europe. Leo escorted three group trips to search ancestral villages in Europe, one in 2004, which included 16 relatives and encompassed seven countries in Europe.

Visitation will be at St. Mary’s Visitation Parish, 1260 Church St., Elm Grove, today, Nov. 3, 2012, from 9 to 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Milwaukee.

Krause Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 12401 W. National Ave., New Berlin, WI 53151; (262)786-8009; www.krausefuneral

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