Leo George Traurig, 90, formerly of New Ulm, passed away on Monday October 18, 2021 at Cherrywood Pointe Care Center in Plymouth.
The Christian Burial Mass will be held on Monday, October 25 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm. Interment will follow in the New Ulm Town Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Comrades of Valor Guard of the New Ulm Area. For those who cannot attend in person, there will be a live feed of the service via the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home Facebook page.
Visitations will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. The St. Patrick’s Council of the Knights of Columbus will pray the Rosary Sunday at 5 p.m. at the funeral home. To leave condolences online for your family or to sign the guestbook, visit www.mvfh.org.
Leo was born on December 14, 1930 in New Ulm to Leopold and Emily (Klinkhammer) Traurig. He was baptized into the Catholic Church and remained a devout Catholic throughout his life. Leo was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm where he served as president, teacher of CCD and Confirmation classes, and frequent reader, among other committee and advisory positions. advice. Leo attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and graduated from New Ulm High School in 1948. He received a BA in Education from Mankato State in 1957 and an MA in Educational Guidance from the State. de Mankato in 1965. Leo served four years in the United States Air Force. , mainly as a radar specialist, where he obtained the rank of master sergeant. During his service, Leo played service football and especially enjoyed sharing stories about his time in Tripoli, Libya.
Leo met the love of his life, Patricia (Patty) Reinhart, and they were married on June 3, 1961, at the Catholic Church of Holy Trinity Cathedral in New Ulm. They were lucky enough to have three children, David, Barbara and Kari. Leo lived for Patty and her three children. Leo loved his career in education where he was a business and social studies teacher, junior high school counselor, soccer coach and baseball coach. He began his teaching career at Elkton (MN) Public Schools in 1957, where he taught business and coached football. In 1961 he brought his teaching and coaching expertise to Cathedral High School in New Ulm, where he taught business and coached football and baseball. In 1964, Leo assumed a position as a social studies and football coach with Fairmont Public Schools (MN). In 1966 Leo got the opportunity to return home to New Ulm where he took on his dream job as a junior high school counselor and high school football coach. During his career, he served and was recognized by many education committees. He was a member of the Minnesota School Counselors Association and a life member of the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association of which he was the proud recipient of the Butch Nash Award for Coaching in 1988.
Leo will be remembered for his deep love of family, especially his five grandchildren. They were his pride and joy, and he and Patty spent many hours in the car getting to their various activities. He will also be remembered for his passion for teaching, coaching and helping young people, as well as his witty sense of humor. He was an avid runner and loved to play cribbage with his brothers, grandchildren and friends. In retirement, Leo and Patty enjoyed traveling to see their grandchildren and three trips to Switzerland. He loved the sport and especially enjoyed cheering on all the Gopher teams, the Vikings, the Twins, University of St. John’s football and his beloved Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He served as a knowledgeable and engaging tour guide to New Ulm organizing tours of the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce. He loved to brag to New Ulm tour guests and visit new people from all over the upper Midwest. He was a life member of the St. Patrick’s Council of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. He was also a member of the German Bohemian Society, the Herman Society, the New Ulm Club and served on the New Ulm Park and Recreation Committee. Leo will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Leo was predeceased by his parents, Leo Sr., and Emily (Klinkhammer) Traurig; his brothers, Dennis and his wives Verna and Marian, Don (Eleanor), Tom and Mike, and his sister Clarice (Mike) Jacobs.
Survivors include his 60-year-old wife Patty of Plymouth; her children, David (Kelly) of Kimball, Barb (Chace) Anderson of Maple Grove and Kari (Joe) Cotter of Lakeville; five grandchildren: Paul and Emily Anderson of Maple Grove, Kenzie and Jacob Traurig of Kimball and Alex Cotter of Lakeville; Sisters-in-law Kitty Traurig of Long Beach, Calif., Sharon Traurig of Phoenix, Arizona, and several nieces and nephews.
Instead of flowers, memorials are preferred at New Ulm Public School, New Ulm area Catholic schools, and Brown County Historical Society.