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Leonard A. Weisbeck Sr., owned Alden Advertiser, World War II veteran

May 11, 1922 - Dec. 3, 2015

Leonard A. Weisbeck Sr., owner of the Alden Advertiser, died Thursday in Hospice care. He was 93.

Mr. Weisbeck was a lifelong resident of Alden. He was a graduate of St. John the Baptist School and a 1940 graduate of Alden High School, where he served as class president.

He served in the Navy as a radar operator in World War II and returned to Alden after his honorable discharge. He married Elizabeth Deitz in 1946. They had eight children.

In 1948, he entered a partnership with his father and purchased the Alden Advertiser in 1959 when his father retired as publisher. In 2000, he sold the business to his son Leonard Jr. and remained editor until his death.

Mr. Weisbeck Sr. was involved in many clubs and organizations in Alden. He was a member of the board of directors of the Alden State Bank, an exempt life member of the Alden Hook and Ladder Company, a charter member of the Alden Chamber of Commerce, the Alden Historical Society, American Legion Post 1377, VFW Post 7967, the Alden Rod and Gun Club, the Kiwanis Club and Art Club.

In 1992, Mr. Weisbeck Sr. was named Distinguished Citizen of the Year and received the Lion’s Club Achievement Award.

He also received the key to the Village of Alden.

His wife died in 2011. He is survived by four sons, Leonard, Robert, Gregory and Chris; four daughters, Linda Weisbeck, Jean, Lori Gramza and Susanne Galbraith; a sister, Doris Kostecky; and fifteen grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. John’s Church, Alden.

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