Dr. Leonard E. Zehnder
Passed away Saturday, April 28, 2012 at his home in Independence Village of Frankenmuth, at 90 years old. Leonard Edward Zehnder was born in Frankenmuth on March 20, 1922, the youngest son of a large family, to the late William and Emilie (Bickel) Zehnder. He served in the Navy as a Captain during WWII, earning five battle stars. He then came home to manage the family business, Zehnder’s Restaurant, alongside his brothers, William and Edwin. In August of 1954, Leonard married Mabel “Boots” Auernhammer, she survives him. Leonard was civic minded and was involved in various organizations in Frankenmuth. He earned a doctorate degree in education in 1966 and taught at Michigan State University, Florida State University, University of Hawaii, and California State Polytechnic University. He retired in 1982 moving to Charlevoix, MI. Leonard was a lifelong member of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church in Frankenmuth. He has been a member of the Frankenmuth American Legion for more than 60 years.
Leonard is also survived by a daughter, Amy Zehnder Coughlin and 2 grandchildren, Leonard (Michelle) Coughlin of Panama City, FL and Rory Coughlin of Tallahassee, FL, 2 great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, Dorothy, Lenore, and Lorine Zehnder and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Leonard was preceded in death by 2 sisters and 5 brothers: Linda (Otto) Trinklein; Ermia (Arnold) Nuechterlein; Fred, Albert, Herman, William and Edwin (Marion) Zehnder, and a stepsister, Irene (Matt) Szymanski.
Funeral services will take place on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 10:15 a.m. at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin St. and 11:00 a.m. at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church. Rev. Joel Kaiser will officiate with burial between services in St. Lorenz Cemetery. Leonard’s family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, or American Home Health Care Hospice. Please sign our guest book or share an online condolence with the family at www.cederbergfh.com