Leonard Chipera, 85, of Jackson Junction, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, at the West Union Good Samaritan Center in West Union. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Little Turkey, with Rev. Nick March officiating. Organist was Jeanette Dietzenbach. Cantor was Kimberly Ball. Hymns were "Be Not Afraid," "Taste and See," "On Eagle's Wings" and "How Great Thou Art." Lector was Elizabeth Chipera. Offertory giftbearers were Allen and Kristie Chipera. Casketbearers were Ron Berns, Wayne Huber, Dan Chipera, David Chipera, Steve Timp, Bob Walker and George Leuenberger. Interment was at St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Fort Atkinson. Arrangements were handled by Schluter - Balik Funeral Home, Chekal Chapel, Fort Atkinson.
Leonard Joseph Chipera was born Feb. 22, 1928, the son of Joseph and Katherine (Herold) Chipera, on a farm east of Jackson Junction. Leonard graduated from St. John's Catholic School in Fort Atkinson. He was united in marriage to Nerissa Espinosa Jan. 26, 1983, in the Philippines. To this union, two children were born, Allen Joseph and Kristie Lynn. He farmed in Jackson Township and had a herd of Angus beef cattle. Leonard served as president of the Winneshiek County Cattleman Association for two years; was the mayor of Jackson Junction for eight years; served as councilman of Jackson Junction for 32 years; was a 4-H member for six years and a 4-H leader for 31 years and a member of the Knights of Columbus for 57 years. Leonard also was a member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Little Turkey. Leonard also loved to hunt and fish. Leonard always enjoyed going to his children's activities. His greatest love was for his family.
Leonard is survived by his wife, Nerissa Chipera, Jackson Junction; two children, Allen (Elizabeth) Chipera, Walford and Kristie (friend, Levi Hawk) Chipera, Newton; one sister, Viola Pitzenberger, Jackson Junction; one brother, Paul (Lillian) Chipera, Fort Atkinson; along with many nieces and nephews.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Katherine (Herold) Chipera; one sister, Cecillia Chipera Leuenberger, in 2011; brothers-in-law: Eugene Leuenberger in 1990, Rudy Pitzenberger in 2010 and Joey Manicad in 2010; his father- and mother-in-law, Miguel and Asuncion Espinosa; one sister-in-law, Mercy Daniel in 2000; one nephew, John Chipera in 2006.