Allen N. Leister
December 22, 1937 - April 13, 2020
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Passed away peacefully on Monday, April 13, 2020 at age 82. Beloved husband of Nancy (nee Nevins). Loving father of Julie (Bob) Baudo and Dr. Lynne (Marv) Swosinski. Proud grandpa of Matt, Eryn, and Jake Baudo and Justin (Katie) Swosinski. Cherished great grandpa of Jozef, Logan and Raegan. Dear brother of Susan (Richard) Perschon, Clare…

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Kathy Polacheck left a message on April 23, 2020:
Al was a good friend, colleague and blessed many pulmonary patient with his wisdom. He volunteered in Pulmonary Rehab for Ascension-Wauwatosa for many years, comforting patients and explaining how to improve their breathing. He told them change took time and not to be discouraged. They always listened to what he had to say as he lived and breathed it everyday. He blessed us all with his presence and he will be deeply missed. Deepest sympathies to all his family who he proudly showed pictures of and shared his love for all of you.
Patti White left a message on April 21, 2020:
I extend my deepest sympathy to Nancy, Julie, Lynne, and all of Al's family. I share your sorrow in losing him so suddenly without the chance to say goodbye, and I wish you peace and comfort. I would like to share some of my thoughts at this time. I remember the first day I met Al as a patient some 14 or so years ago. He came to pulmonary rehab highly determined and motivated to achieve the quality of life that he wanted. I can remember noticing how strongly he felt about contributing in positive ways to the world, and that he wanted a purpose after retirement. We were so blessed to have him "adopt" us as his purpose. When he began to see improvements from participating in the rehab sessions, he invested himself further by becoming a volunteer for our cardiac and pulmonary rehab programs and became such an inspiration for other patients struggling with their chronic illness. He knew just how to talk to others about how to help themselves, and could do so in a way that health professionals cannot. We often called on him to connect with a patient who was more withdrawn. Al knew how to bring them out of their shell. He brought a reassuring and uplifting presence to all of us, patients and staff alike. We knew it would be a good day at work if Al would be there. He brought fun and laughter as well as smart ideas for improving efficiency in our workflow. We enjoyed so many social activities with Al over the years, holiday parties and various other celebrations, Hart Park Irish Fest concerts, beer garden gatherings after work, and more recently, quiet visits for tea at Colectivo near his home. He loved his family, and would proudly share photos and stories of his great grandchildren, as well as the accomplishments of other family members. He was a devoted husband to Nancy. She was always his first priority. He enjoyed interacting with the world through Facebook posts, which seemed to be chosen carefully to not only reflect his own values, but to also offer thought-provoking ideas to others. It is difficult to think about life without Al, he will be missed so very much by so many. I cherish my memories of him, and I look forward to celebrating his life when his memorial service is scheduled.
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