Leslie Sandretzky, Maple Lake


Leslie Effern Sandretzky, age 87, of Columbia Heights and Maple Lake, died on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28, 2013.
The funeral Mass and celebration of his life was on Dec. 2 at St. Clement’s Catholic Church in Nordeast Minneapolis.
Les was born in Duluth on June 6, 1926. He learned the value of hard work and thriftiness while growing up in the ‘30s and ‘40s. His family moved to Minneapolis during the war years when his father found work supporting the war effort. There he met Lorraine at the ice arena in what is now known as Uptown. They married in 1949 and moved to Columbia Heights in 1953 where Lorraine still lives. 
At the same time they began their love affair with Maple Lake where they would spend time at Lorraine’s parents’ Maple Lake cabin on Desoto Avenue. They eventually owned the cabin, which Les winterized. Maple Lake became the summer focal point for children and grandchildren through the years.
Les was a U.S. Army veteran and worked as a maintenance mechanic at FMC for over 33 years.
Les loved his family, gardening and fixing everything. If you needed a part, he had it. Each summer he lovingly tended to the vegetable garden and Les and Lar shared the bounty with their children and their Maple Lake friends and neighbors.
Loving husband of 64 years to Lorraine; father of Diane Pruett, Michael Sandretzky (Janet), Leslie Ramsdell (Thomas), Patrick Sandretzky (Kim); Bapa to Matt (Jessica), Ryan (Laura), Katie (Tom), Andy (Alyssa), Lindsey, Ayla, Nicole, Megan and Chris; Great-Bapa to Ian, Ben, Shawn, Lily and Jon; brother of Donna Gerhardt, Fern Hughes (Gordon) and Lee Sandretzky.
Preceded in death by grandson, Adam; brother, Ron; and son-in-law, Bill.
The family wishes to thank those who sent expressions of condolence.