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Orland Funeral Home

9900 W 143Rd St, Orland Park, IL

OBITUARY

Leonard A. Przybyla

November 30, 1952September 10, 2019
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Loving husband of Kathy Przybyla (nee Herman); cherished father of Dave (Michelle) Przybyla, Jenny (Paul) Kludac, and Jimmy (Esha) Przybyla; proud grandfather of Becca, Joey, and Karter; loving brother of Barbara (the late Tom) Johnson and Geri (Zee) Jeziorski; loving uncle, cousin, and friend of many. Preceded in death by his brother, the late Joe (the late Chris) Przybyla, and his parents, the late Leonard and Victoria Przybyla.

A visitation will be held on Friday, September 20th, from 3:00pm to 8:00pm at Orland Funeral Home, 9900 West 143rd Street, Orland Park, Illinois 60462.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 21st, at 9:15am from Orland Funeral Home, 9900 West 143rd Street, Orland Park, Illinois 60462, to St. Bernard Catholic Church for a funeral mass at 10:00am. Interment private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Joliet Area Community Hospice would be appreciated. For more information, please call (708) 460-7500.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, September 20, 2019
  • Closing Prayers Saturday, September 21, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, September 21, 2019

Memories

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Gregory Wail

September 14, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Lennie's death. I worked with Lenny in the 80s at the LaSalle Bank building and lived around the corner from him in Midlothian for a while. Another great man that's gone too soon. God must need Carpenters in heaven.

Paul Kludac

September 12, 2019

On Tuesday I lost a great friend who happened to be my father in law. Lenny aka Skinner was a great man who I was able to cherish so many great memories with. He was a golf buddy, a guy I went on numerous vacations with, the man who I would sit around the lake with, the man who tried to keep up with me on all you can eat Prime Rib dinners, my Euchre partner, one hell of a card player but most importantly my close friend. I know he is in a better place now and is playing the most beautiful golf holes in heaven. I love you dad, rest in peace.

Michael Denson

September 12, 2019

Sending my sincere condolences. I will keep you all in my prayers that you may find comfort during this difficult time. May Lenny find eternal rest in the arms of our Lord.

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Biography

Lenny's Biography
On November 30th 1952, Leonard and Victoria Przybyla welcomed their youngest child Lenny. His siblings were Barb, Joe and Geri. Lenny grew up with his family in a place called "The back of the Yards" in Chicago. They had a comfortable life growing up, surrounded by many relatives who lived near by. There were always family parties, especially on Sunday afternoons.
Lenny's father worked at Crane Company and his mother worked at the Wrigley building up until she became a stay at home mom. Lenny attended St. John of God grade school. In 1966 his family moved to Evergreen Park into his grandfathers house. Lenny took the bus everyday to his old neighborhood to finish out his eighth grade year. In 1967 he started his freshman year at Evergreen Park High School. This is where Lenny and I met. We began dating in my sophomore year & his junior year. After Lenny graduated he began attending Washburn Carpenter's Trade School. After graduation he began his career building residential homes. On May 26th,1973 I married the love of my life. In 1975 Lenny built our first home in Midlothian, where we raised our 3 children Dave, Jenny and Jimmy.
In 1976 we started camping at Turtle Lake, Wisconsin. We spent 8 wonderful years there with many great friends as well as Lenny's sister Barb's Family and my brother Bud and his family. We had a lot of good times and created many great memories there.
In 1980 Lenny began working downtown Chicago with LaSalle Partners, which eventually became Clune Construction. Lenny took a position as a superintendent with Clune. He took the train to work everyday for 32 years. Lenny worked very hard and provided a great life for us.
In the fall of 1982 we invested in property on Scott Lake in Bloomingdale, Michigan with Family. We just closed out on our 37th year up there! We've all worked so hard over the years to transform Nana's Nest into "Our Happy Place!!!" We named it after Nana who helped us purchase the compound 37 years ago. It was and still is one of the best investments we've ever made. We fly our "Nana's Nest" flag proudly!
In 1996 Lenny and I purchased our townhome in New Lenox. Jimmy finished his last few years of high school at Lincoln Way Central. We are still residing there 24 years later and have been blessed with not only great neighbors, but now great friends.
All of our kids are happily married and Lenny was blessed to be able to be a part of all of their weddings. Dave and Michelle are married and have 2 children, Becca (16) and Joey (13). Esha and Jimmy are married and have their doggy, Bruno. Lastly, Jenny and Paul are married and have their son Karter who is 3. These 3 kids were the light of his life and they called him "Papa". He loved them all so very much.
Lenny and I were blessed to spend 5 winters in North Fort Myers, Florida in a community called Six Lakes. My parents, Vern and Mary Lou rented there for many years and then decided to buy a place of their own. Bud and Lynne bought Mom and Dad's place when they became sick, which we were able to rent for 3 years before Bud retired. We loved spending our winters there with family and great friends. We found other rentals that always worked for us for the 3 months we were there. I am going this winter and renting the same place Lenny and I rented last year. It will be very different and hard to be there without Lenny, but I know in my heart it is what he would have wanted me to do.
Lenny had a successful job at Clune Construction, but his early years weren't so forgiving on his body. He had a couple of bad falls, which caused him some physical ailments in his later years. He ended up having two major neck surgeries and a knee replacement. Eventually he was forced into retirement. Over the years we have enjoyed many great vacations and cruises with our kids, family and friends. We also had many just Lenny and I trips over the years.
Eventually we were told he needed his right hip replaced. During the pre-op tests is when his lung cancer was discovered. At this point, it was already classified as Stage 3 lung cancer. Lenny fought a good hard fight for 2 1/2 years. After the last doctors appointment when he found out that the cancer had spread to both lungs and the nodes had grown, he then made the hard decision that he could not fight anymore. Within a month, he began with Hospice of Joliet, who were amazing. On September 10th, his fight was over. I was with Lenny to the very end, in our home with the hospice chaplan, Rebecca Love. She made our last minutes together so very special.
I will ALWAYS love you Lenny and will continue on this life with you in my heart. You will always go where I go. Thank you for being the LOVE OF MY LIFE and creating such a beautiful love story that we shared together for over 50 years! We will all miss you so very much. I will see you again someday on the other side my love.




Losing our dad was one of the most difficult times we've ever gone through. How many times do you hear "I wish I had one more chance to tell him how much I loved him." Fortunately for us, that was not the case.
Dad was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer during his pre-op tests for a hip replacement. I will never forget that day. I think we all felt as if our world had stopped for a moment. Stage 3 cancer sounded really bad, as if it was near the end. We rallied together as a family when dad decided to start his fight. He had many doctor appointments, he was poked and prodded for constant blood work, he had treatment after treatment, and more doctor appointments. But he did what he needed to do to fight this terrible disease. This battle went on for 2 1/2 long years.
Our dad was a man of few words, but when he spoke, we listened. We grew up in a very loving home with our parents. They were married 46 years and were high school sweethearts.Talk about a hard example to follow. They were the epitome of two loving parents.
My dad was a carpenter early on, but remained in the trades his whole career, working his way up the ladder. He built our families first home in Midlothian that all of us kids grew up in. It was a great house with a pool on an amazing block. One of my favorite childhood memories was swimming in that pool with my mom, who was a stay at home mom at the time, and my brothers. We would take after dinner dips in the summer when dad got home from a long day at work. I also remember playing a lot of basketball, especially my dad and brothers. He was a hard working man, but he always found time for us kids.
Our cottage in Michigan will always be one of our fondest memories of dad as well. It was a perfect place for dad to unwind and relax with mom and us kids after a long week of work. Thirty-seven years later, we are still carrying on the same tradition, as adults now, with our own children. I think it will forever be a place that will always keep his spirit alive.
Dad was always there to help us kids with projects around our homes. My brothers both followed in my fathers footsteps and became carpenters. As for myself, I married a man who is more tech-savvy than handy. With that being said, dad was there to do many projects around our house. I am forever grateful that he was well when we moved into our house 4 1/2 years ago. He was a go with the flow, selfless man who was always there to help his family. Whether the projects were big or small, he was always there.
I admired my father in so many ways. First and foremost was his love and commitment to our Mother. He was committed to making her happy. It always seemed that if it was important to her, it BECAME important to him. Every marriage has their UPS & DOWNS, but they always seemed to work them out and come out even stronger. I think that is definitely a trait that was instilled in all of us kids. They were married happily for 46 years. They definitely set the bar high for my brothers and I. We are all happily married now with children of our own. He had a very special relationship with his 3 grandchildren and his grand doggy! He was the BEST PAPA to all of them.
He fought so hard for 2 1/2 years. He's one of the bravest men I've ever met & I admire him for his courage. He was in so much pain, yet you would never know it. He never complained about anything and was always so positive all the way until the end. Even in his last few days, he would tell us "thank you for taking such good care of me." We've been grieving for over 2 years now. This was a long hard process that you would not wish on anyone. I received the phone call a little over a month before dad's passing that his cancer had spread and that he had decided to stop all treatments because his body was tired and he physically couldn't fight anymore. That's when we knew we were approaching the end. We spent that last month and a half having as many family dinners as possible with many very vulnerable conversations, visits at their house and as much time together at the lake "Dad's Happy Place" as possible! So many people came to say their good byes and reminisce about all their good times they had with dad. So when people ask "Is it harder this way or when people are taken suddenly?" I will ALWAYS choose our way. Unfortunately dad did suffer, but he went knowing how very loved he was not only by his whole family, but by so many others.
On September 10, 2019 dad lost his battle to cancer. He passed peacefully at home with mom, the love of his life, holding his hand. He adored her as if she were the only woman in the world. I admire your strength Mom and your ability to focus on the amazing life you and dad shared. You are already missed so much, but we are at peace knowing that you are no longer suffering. You will forever be on our minds and always in our hearts.

We love you. Always have. Always will.