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Friday July 14th, 2017
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Leo J. Hengstler

In loving memory of Leo J Hengstler Leo J Hengstler, age 75, died on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at his home in Windham, NY surrounded by his family and friends after a short battle with cancer. Leo was born on December 5, 1941 in Rochester, NY and has been a resident of Windham, NY since the 1980s. Leo was an avid skier who worked as the Ski Patrol Director at Windham Mountain and then afterwards at Brainard Ridge Associates where he maintained the Enclave and Whisper Creek properties. Leo also worked as an EMT for both Windham Ambulance and Catskill Ambulance where he was known as a partner and great mentor who was always willing to go above and beyond with his services. Leo was passionate about Windham Mountain and the community as well as riding his Harley Davidson with his close friends. He was supportive of the Veterans who protect our country and actively participated in the annual motorcycle run and parade in Washington DC each Memorial Day. Leo always showed joy when speaking about his family and in particular his grandchildren and of course, his dogs (Bud Dog, Hannah and Sam.) Leo is predeceased by his wife Gracie, his parents Cletus and Irene Hengstler, step-mother Pat Hengstler, sister Susan Stevens and brother Johnny Hengstler. Leo is survived by his sons David (Christine) and Sean (Kirstin); three grandchildren Michelle, Tyler and Keira; two brothers, Bill and Raymond; two sisters, Christine and Anne Marie Lay (Steve); and five nieces and nephews and their families. Services to honor and remember Leo will be held on Friday, July 14, 2017 from 5 pm to 8 pm, followed by a Eulogy at 8 pm, at Decker Funeral Home, 5312 RT 23, Windham, NY. In lieu of flowers, please donate in memory of Leo to either the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) or Disabled American Veterans (DAV).


I never had the opportunity to meet Leo but for almost five years we communicated by text. I would send him pictures of Keira and he would answer with a comment. I am so sorry for your loss. You are all remembered in my prayers

Christine Stolf Jul 13 2017 12:00 AM

God bless you Leo, you were a great man. Always saying hello when you came to the ER. A friend. One of the top EMS squad members. Use to have fun with you and Gracie. Now your together and some day we will all be together again as we cross the golden gate to heaven. For now good bye my friend.

Pat Kipp Jul 9 2017 12:00 AM

Leo walked me down the aisle to marry Herbie. We will always be bonded in a very sacred way. Our ski patrol family is a special group that can depend on one another. Leo was whole heartily there for all of us. Many good memories skiis & motorcycles.

Ingrid & Herb Dixon Jul 8 2017 12:00 AM

Tim and Liam Dolan Jul 8 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Leo Hengstler

Tim and Liam Dolan Jul 8 2017 12:00 AM

Leo taught me how to ski and how to feel special thoughts for our veterans. We traveled to many events and spent many Thanksgivings, Christmas's and other holidays together. Leo was unique and caring- if it was as an Adaptive Instructor- Teacher- Ski Patrol- or just a friend for more than 35 years. Leo will be missed

Anita P Buyers Jul 8 2017 12:00 AM

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