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Rev William P Leonard

  • Birth 30 Jun 1915 Bernard, Dubuque County, Iowa, USA
  • Death 10 Dec 2008 Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Garry Owen, Jackson County, Iowa, USA
  • Memorial ID 32142564

The Rev. Monsignor William P. Leonard, 93, a retired senior priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, died at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Nativity, with the Most Rev. Jerome Hanus, OSB, Archbishop of Dubuque, officiating, and the Rev. Msgr. Francis P. Friedl, as homilist. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Garryowen. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road, where there will be a wake service at 2 p.m. Friends may also call from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Nativity.

Msgr. Leonard was born on June 30, 1915, in Bernard, the son of William P. and Josephine (O'Connell) Leonard. He graduated from Loras College, Dubuque, and completed his theological studies at St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore. He was ordained on April 17, 1943, at St. Raphael's Cathedral, Dubuque, by Archbishop Francis J. L. Beckman.

He served as associate pastor at Sacred Heart Parish, Waterloo, from 1943 to 1952, and at St. Martin's, Cascade, in 1952. He was appointed pastor of St. Joseph's and St. Ann's, Harpers Ferry, from 1952 to 1958. He then completed his graduate studies at Creighton University. He was then appointed to the faculty of Loras College from 1958 to 1970, and also served as rector of St. Pius X Seminary. He was appointed pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Cedar Rapids, from 1970 to 1980, and Nativity Parish, Dubuque, from 1980 until his retirement on July 9, 1987, during which time he also served as dean of the Dubuque Deanery.

He was named a Prelate of Honor (Monsignor) in 1987 by Pope John Paul II.

Monsignor Leonard was a very kind-hearted priest, who was very generous with his time and talents especially in his retirement. He helped out in many tri-state area parishes and convents, filling in for pastors and chaplains whenever he was needed.

Surviving are nieces and nephews, William "Bill" (Kay) Leonard of Onalaska, Wis., Sharon (Roland) Haines of Arcadia, Wis., Marilyn (Tom) Holland of La Crosse, Wis., James (Elaine) Leonard of Madison, Wis., Patrick (Vicki) Leonard of Dubuque and Jo Anne Schroeder of Dubuque, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Myrle Urbain and Mary Leonard; and four brothers, Joseph, Melvin (Nona), Paul (Betty) and Edmund (Ardella) Leonard, and a great-nephew, Michael Paul Leonard in infancy.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Nativity Parish, Dubuque.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center and the staff of Villa Raphael, especially Patty, and his brother priests for all the kindness, and care they gave Msgr. Leonard.


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  • Created by: Diane Zabel
  • Added: 12 Dec 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32142564
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev William P Leonard (30 Jun 1915–10 Dec 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32142564, citing Saint Patricks Cemetery, Garry Owen, Jackson County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Diane Zabel (contributor 46890112) .