August 19, 1943 - February 29, 2016


Leo “Shorty” Thieschafer, age 72 of Upsala died Monday, February 29 at his home, with his family by his side. Leo’s family will have a service at 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 5, at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home Chapel in Upsala with a public visitation one hour prior. There will also be a public gathering after 12:00 Noon at the Upsala Rec Center.

Leo was born August 19, 1943 in Swanville to Herman and Marie (Wolbeck) Thieschafer, he married Charlotte Roering on May 15, 1971 in the St. Francis Catholic Church. Leo worked in Road Construction and also at Landy Packing. He last worked with Dave Gerads Construction before he retired. Leo enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and especially his grandchildren. They brought out the big kid in him. He rode bike, horse and mini-dirt bike a time or two with them. Shorty loved to fish and he and his wife taught all his children, grandchildren, sisters and many others to love fishing. He also enjoyed visiting the neighbors and friends while driving here and there to watch Dave Gerads at his jobs. Shorty also enjoyed hauling scrap iron, watching over Randy and Corey’s cows, drinking his coffee and telling jokes.

Leo is survived by his wife, Charlotte, Upsala; his children Cindy (Marc) Kuepers, Upsala; Randy (Amy) Thieschafer, Upsala; Jennifer (Darren) Heldman, Staples; Tanya (Donald) Trettel, Upsala; Corey (Angie Sahr) Thieschafer, Upsala; Ricky (Holly Robbin) Thieschafer, Upsala, five grandchildren: Jordan, Taylor, Brooke, Samantha, Alex; sisters Helen (Robert) Becker, Swanville; Arlene (Gary) Hammer, Burtrum; and brother Alcuin “Pete” Thieschafer, Long Prairie.

Leo is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Alvin Thieschafer, his sister Rosie Bruder, and nieces Candace Kaun and Dawn Becker.