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Obituary for Leo Manuel Solochek

Leo Manuel  Solochek
Leo Manuel Solochek, 93, passed away in Phoenix, Arizona, on November 14, 2017. A proud veteran with a sharp wit and a gracious and affable personality, Leo will be missed by his large extended family and many friends.

Leo was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on May 18, 1924. He was the son of Abraham and Celia Solochek and was one of five children including Barney, Libby, Sonia and Morris. Leo was a member of the Greatest Generation, men and women who grew up in the Depression, fought and won victory in World War II, and returned to America to quietly continue their lives. Leo proudly served in the Army and received a Bronze Star for bravery in the closing days of the war. Recently, he enjoyed the experience of a lifetime as part of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight program, visiting Washington, D.C., and the World War II Memorial with other veterans.

Following his time in the service, Leo returned to Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Leo and Beatrice (Fogel) married in 1952 and raised their three children in Milwaukee. Leo spent his working years as a home builder, developing his own projects and eventually working for the Kohl family to build the first residential phases at Northridge Lakes.

His love for the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers and playing golf was exceeded only by his love for Bea, their children and grandchildren. In recent months, he took great joy in knowing that two great-grandchildren are on the way.

The family would like to thank the Veterans Health Administration for providing outstanding care for Leo and their reverence for the veterans they serve. They also thank the staff of Acacia Health Center and Hospice of the Valley for the exceptional support they provided at the most difficult time.

Leo is survived by his children Arlen (Marcia) and Cindy (Jim McVeigh), both of Phoenix, and Warren (Lisa) of Chicago; and six grandchildren Shaina Rozen (Matthew), Lanni Solochek (Lily Nagy-Deak), Ben Solochek (Julie), Andrea Solochek, Elliott McVeigh and Quinn McVeigh. He is also survived by his sister Sonia in Chicago, Ill, along with many cherished cousins, nieces and nephews.
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