Leo J. Loosbrock

Leo J. Loosbrock, 77, of Byron, Minnesota passed away peacefully at home with his family on February 19, 2021, after a five month neurological illness and complications.

He was born in Adrian, MN on March 26th, 1943 to Arthur and Emma Loosbrock – the youngest of eight children. He was raised on a farm near St. Killian, MN where he learned his love of the land and gardening. He attended Worthington Junior College and Mankato State to earn his Elementary Education Degree. He later attended Western State College of Colorado and received his Masters in Guidance Counseling.

He taught in St. James, MN and for the Department of Defense in Germany. In 1970 he moved to Rochester and taught in the Rochester Public School District for 30 years. Following his retirement in 2000, he was an elementary substitute teacher for 15 more years.

He met Mary Schmitz in Rochester and they were married for 42 years, raising three daughters, enjoying Kiva and the “touring” group. In their retirement, Leo and Mary enjoyed traveling escapades to Alaska, Hawaii, Europe, Panama, and the Caribbean.

Leo’s love of learning and educating impacted many students and colleagues in the Rochester and Byron communities. He was an avid Byron Bear sports fan through his daughters’ high school careers and thereafter. Leo’s family, neighbors and friends would describe him as charismatic, kind, open, and an overly caring dad, papa, husband, and friend.

Survived by his wife, daughters – Jane (Nolan) Cornell, West St Paul, MN, Andrea (Ryan) Gosch, St. Charles, MN, Ashley (William) Held, Stevens Point, WI, and nine wonderful grandchildren whom he adored – Jackson and Leo Cornell, Jordyn, Hayden, Lawton, and Sawyer Gosch, Hunter, Reece, and Taylor Held. Also survived by a brother Marcel (Mary Kay) Loosbrock, and sister – Sr. Davida Loosbrock and 21 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters – Ora Mae and Verona, and brothers – David, Wendell, and John.

A private funeral will be held for the family, Friday, February 26, 2021 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Byron. A celebration to commemorate Leo’s life will take place in spring/summer 2021. Memorials are preferred to Friends of Oxbow, Channel One, Seasons Hospice, and the Poverello Foundation. Online condolences are welcome at

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