Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Leo Joseph Conroy who died Monday at The Legends at Heritage Place in Sartell. The Rev. Ronald Weyrens will officiate and burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Chokio. Friends and relatives may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services on Friday at the church. Parish prayers will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.
Leo was born Sept. 11, 1927, in Chokio to John and Lenora (Landers) Conroy. He married Jaclyn Claire Nutter on Oct. 11, 1952, in Morris. Leo grew up and farmed in Chokio until he moved to Sauk Rapids in 1964 and bought the greenhouse. He owned and operated Conroy Floral for 25 years, retiring in 1986. After retirement he moved to Cold Spring and then lived in Brainerd for 20 years. Leo was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where he was involved in Knights of Columbus and Mens Club. He was also a member of the Sauk Rapids Lions Club. Leo enjoyed restoring furniture, fishing, boating, deer and pheasant hunting, and spending time at his cabin. He was a collector of many things and would never pass up a good garage sale.
Survivors include his spouse of 59 years, Jaclyn, of Sartell; children and their spouses, Marian (John Michog) Fitzsimmons, of Rush City, Gail and Duane “Butch” Behrend, of Ham Lake, Timothy and Mary Kay Conroy, of Brainerd, Thomas and Jonell Conroy, of Sauk Rapids, Lynn and Mike Bangen, of St. Paul Park, Annette and Jamee Holmgren, of Kilgore, Texas, Janet Conroy, of Lakeland, Margaret Becker, of Baxter; son-in-law, Kevin Cronquist, of Brainerd; sisters, Patricia Engelke, of Waite Park, Lucille Daniel, of Sartell, Lenore (Darrell) McIntosh, of St. Louis Park, Carol (Tom) Fry, of Berthoud, Colo.; 32 grandchildren; and 43 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Rita Cronquist; sisters, Rosemary Sutter and Agnes Kanthak; and two great-grandsons.