In Memory of LeRoy Tobias

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LeRoy Edward Tobias, age 100, died peacefully on Sept 25, 2021. His family kept vigil with him day and night in his final days on earth.

LeRoy was born on Sept 4, 1921, in River Falls, WI, to Edward and Theresa “Tress” (Matzek) Tobias. He grew up in the Big River/ Prescott area and graduated from Prescott High School. He served four years in the US Navy during WWII, and saw action in the Battle of Okinawa. In younger days, he operated the Standard Oil station, was a bridge tender, and had a knack for painting wooden blinds at the mill.  He attended school in Minneapolis for wood working, and many houses in town have the best built, sturdiest custom cabinets anywhere. On May 1, 1946, he married Teresa Pauline Schommer.  Together they raised 4 children. He worked several years for 3M, retiring at age 62.

LeRoy was a member of St Joseph Catholic Church. He was a faithful man who carried a rosary in his pocket every day. He enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing with family and card playing get togethers. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. LeRoy and Teresa were married 65 years and enjoyed a long retirement together, spending much time at their summer cabin. He was a loving, humble man and kept his sense of humor through thick and thin. Time with family trumped all pleasures.

He is survived by his 4 children, Gerald Tobias, Tom (Sharon) Tobias, Andy (Deb) Tobias, and Maria (Joel) Reis,  grandchildren John Lubinsky, Karen (Richard) Beskau, Mike (Peggi) Tobias, Jennifer (Brandon) Boleen, Ryan (Kristin) Tobias, Eric Tobias, Justin (Jessica) Tobias, Tressa (Chris) Klenc, Ben (Ellie Maione) Reis, and Josh (Billy Johnson) Reis, 16 great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren, brother Dick (Ann) Tobias, sister Kathleen Johnson, sister-in-law Pat Tobias, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Teresa, brothers LaVerne and Marc Tobias, sister Helen Jean Hackett, daughter-in-law Mary Tobias, and grandson Todd Lubinsky.

A private Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church. His final resting place will be the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Prescott with military honors provided by Prescott American Legion Post 61. Memorials honoring LeRoy may be sent to The Family of LeRoy Tobias, c/o O’Connell Family Funeral Home, PO Box 248, Ellsworth, WI 54011

Services are entrusted to O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Prescott,, 715-273-4421

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  • I am saddened to learn of LeRoy’s passing away, and the family has my sympathy. LeRoy and Teresa were such fine people in every way. Both of them were so generous and kind to my Grandpa Crist, their close by neighbor, LeRoy in assistance, Teresa in her delicious cooking, both with just being fine friends. My Grandpa was very grateful and returned the favor with vegetables from his garden. May LeRoy rest in peace.

  • Due to, my run in with COVID, I sadly, will not be able to attend my father in laws funeral. My favorite Leroy and Teresa story comes from building their cabin 30 years ago. We had just installed the large picture window facing the lake. Teresa called us to lunch. With the others heading to the picnic table, I was able to discover that the ” THIS SIDE UP” sticker on the window could easily be removed and placed pointing down. Upon reaching the outside I casually mentioned to Teresa, ” we could, just purchase a step stool.” With a puzzled look on her face, she asked “what would I need it for.” I explained how terrible Leroy felt, and PLEASE don’t say anything till after lunch so Leroy could be the 1 to tell her, himself, how the casement portions of the large windows cranks were up on top. ( Theresa was 5 ft. nothing , on a good day.) Well to her credit ST. TERESA , made it half way through lunch before she summoned Leroy to the window in a what the heck voice all husbands dread to hear. Now the next 2 minutes aren’t too clear. Due to being viewed through tear filled eyes trying to hold in a belly whopper. One was waging a finger very AGRESSIVELY , AND 1 WAS POWER SHRUGGING TRYING TO UNDERSTAND the visceral onslaught of verbiage being thrown at them. My eyes cleared when I fell off the end of the picnic table. And there is no doubt the STINK EYE STAIRING THROUGH ME WAS TERESA. Had the greatest in-laws of all time. Signed, XOXO JOE REIS