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Leonard W. Friede


Mr. Leonard W. Friede, age 65 years, of Port Washington, passed away suddenly in the evening hours of April 25, 2007 at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Mequon.

Len was born in Eau Claire on June 28, 1941, son of Orlen and Norma Kummer Friede. He was a 1959 graduate of Eau Claire Memorial High School, and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1963 from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

He was hired in September of 1963 to teach Communications and English at Port Washington High School. He retired after 39 years in June of 2002. During his tenure at Port High, “Friedes” as he was known to most of his students, was the advisor to the school newspaper “The Pirate,” which won numerous awards, golf coach, the public address announcer for home football and wrestling meets, kept the scorebook for the basketball team, was a class advisor, and helped coordinate the junior prom.

Len was most admired for his knack for helping students find their way in life.

Mr. Friede was also a member and former Elder of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Port Washington, and was very active in The Food Pantry. He enjoyed golfing, traveling, photography and reading.

Len is survived by one sister Karol Ann (Larry) Scoles of Brooklyn Center, Minn., and one brother Gary Friede of Eau Claire. He is further survived by one niece, Kristina (Fiancé Dax Ducat) Scoles and nephew Jeffrey Scoles of Brooklyn Park, Minn., other relatives and many friends and former students.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, April 29, 2007 at 5 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 217 N. Freeman Dr, Port Washington, with Pastor John Klieve officiating. Interment will be at Prairie View Cemetery, Hallie. Visitation will be at the Church on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

The Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to the Port Washington High School Scholarship Fund, The Food Pantry, or St. John’s Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.