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Leo Gengler

Leo Robert "Bob " Gengler

Tuesday, May 31st, 1932 - Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
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86, of Cass City died following a long illness Wednesday, February 13, 2019 in Medilodge Nursing Facility, Cass City. He was born May 31, 1932 in Chesaning the first of nine children born to Leo John and Katheryn Marie (Walser) Gengler. He married Grace Helen Janowski July 25, 1996 in St. Andrews Catholic Church in Saginaw.

Bob graduated from Chesaning High School with the class of 1951. He received his Bachelors degree from Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. He studied for four years at St. Joseph Seminary in Grand Rapids. Bob received his Master’s degree in Divinity from St. John’s Seminary in Plymouth. He studied Theology at St. John’s in Plymouth for four years and was ordained in 1961. In total Bob has credits from nine colleges studying Latin, Greek, German and English among many other topics. For 56 years Bob was in the classroom every day, 23 years as a student and 33 as a teacher.

Bob’s first appointment was St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ruth. There he was assigned as assistant to Monsignor and was put in the classroom as a teacher for the first time. He taught at Blessed Sacrament Parish then was asked to teach at Twinning Public School. From 1967 to 1969 he taught at St. Paul Seminary in Saginaw and was also Athletic Director. In 1969 Bob was appointed to pastor St. Pancratius Catholic Church where he stayed until 1974 when he left the ministry to marry. Bob was a Lector, Eucharistic Minister and member of the choir at St. Pancratius. He started substitute teaching at Cass City High School and then became a fulltime teacher through his retirement in 1996.

Bob is a co-founder of the Thumb chapter of retired teachers and was the second president. He was the president of the Tri-County Bargaining Association, which represented 21 schools in the Thumb. He was the head bargainer and negotiated 25 teacher contracts. Bob was a supervisor for the 2000 census field operation. He has researched his family genealogy for the last 56 years of Gengler reunions and has created a family tree of over 37,000 family members.

Bob loved to read, he loved to travel, visiting most of the 50 states, Canada, Germany and Luxemburg. After retirement he volunteered for the Thumb Octagon Barn Agricultural Museum serving on the board, as chair of the one room school house development, and worked closely with Katie Jackson on the museum building project. He was a Knights of Columbus member for over 55 years in Chesaning and with the Cass City Gagetown Council #8892. He formed the Cass City council over 30 years ago, signing up the first 40 members and served as the first Grand Knight.

Bob is survived by his wife, Grace; children: Bethany (Ben) Gielczyk of Lansing, Robert John Gengler of Leslie; grandchildren: Charlie Gibson, Grant Robert Gengler; mother of his children, Gail Ian of Chelsea; siblings: Dale (Helen) Gengler of Chesaning, Loraine (Francis) Ruddy of Chesaning, Gerald (Ann) Gengler of Chesaning, Shirley (Ken) Schnell of Chesaning, Kenneth (Judy) Gengler of Saginaw, Ronald Gengler of Chesaning, Diane Hart of Columbus, OH; many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Mildred (Dale) Dankert.

Funeral service held 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 18, 2019 in Our Lady Consolata Parish, St. Pancratius Catholic Church with Rev. Adam Maher and Rev. Joseph Gagnon officiating. Memorials may be made to Our Lady Consolata Parish Roof Fund. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Chesaning with prayers at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2019 in St. Peters Catholic Church, Chesaning. Family and friends may share memories, prayers and photos with the family at www.kranzfuneralhome.com.

Visitation: 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, February 17, 2019 in Kranz Funeral Home – Cass City
Vigil 7 p.m. Sunday, February 17, 2019 in Kranz Funeral Home – Cass City
10 to 11 a.m. Monday, February 18, 2019 in St. Pancratius Catholic Church – Cass City

Arrangements by
Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City, Michigan
Debra L. Kranz (989) 872-2195
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 17th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, February 17th, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Kranz Funeral Home Cass City
    6850 Main St.
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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  • Second Visitation

    Sunday, February 17th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Sunday, February 17th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Kranz Funeral Home Cass City
    6850 Main St.
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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  • Third Visitation

    Monday, February 18th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Monday, February 18th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    St. Pancratius Catholic Church
    4292 S. Seeger St.
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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  • Service

    Monday, February 18th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, February 18th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Pancratius Catholic Church
    4292 S. Seeger St.
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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    Rev. Adam Maher
    Rev. Joseph Gagnon
  • Interment

    Mt. Calvary Cemetery
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  • Reception

    Cass City VFW Hall
    4533 Veterans Drive
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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Private Condolence

Ray Piaskowski

Posted at 01:27pm
Bob you were my priest, my teacher, my coach in baseball and my friend that I shared the love of Journalism and Year Books with. You shared your love of Family with us and aloud us to see the bigger picture in Life. My God bless you and your family forever. Rest in peace my friend you deserve it. Ray Piaskowski CC 1979

Eileen Uram

Posted at 10:09am
Thinking of you in your sorrow and wishing you strength in the days ahead. We hope that our prayers and your memories of Bob comfort you at this time.
Dan and Eileen (Hirschenberger) Uram

Eugene M Klco

Posted at 02:40pm
Sorry to miss Bob's funeral today. I was planning on going, weather permitting, but our furnace died this morning. I'm sending prayers instead. Bob certainly has done a superior job of gathering Gengler genealogy for the family.
Gene Klco

Judy Hoelzle

Posted at 10:19am
So sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. His dedication and hard work served so many. He will be missed.
Sending sympathy,
Larry and Judy Hoelzle

K. Jackson

Posted at 08:20am
Dear Rob and family - we send our love and prayers to you during this time. The Lord says the Holy Spirit is our comforter and may you feel his presence surround you today and in the weeks and months ahead. Love, the Reid, Jackson, and Corey Families.

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