Leo V. Krzywkowski

November 30, -0001 - November 13, 2008

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KRZYWKOWSKI, Dr. Leo V., beloved husband of Marcella (nee Clements), father of Valerie Marie (James) Snyder of White Bear Lake, MN and Sara Marie (Glenn) Mohn, grandfather of Sara Lee Godina Mohn, Michael Mohn, Matthew Mohn and James Snyder, Jr. Joseph Snyder and Merry Snyder, and cousin of Robert Szlanfucht.. Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, age 69. Resident of West Chester, OH. Dr. Krzywkowski was a professor in the College of Education at the University of Cincinnati at the time of his death. He touched many lives. Dr. Krzywkowski’s entire life was devoted to human rights, social justice and fighting for racial unity. He was also instrumental in desegregating schools in N.J and N.Y. Visitation at the Hodapp Funeral Home, 8815 Cincinnati-Columbus Rd. (Rt 42), West Chester OH, 45069 on Sunday, Nov. 16 from 5PM to 7PM. Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday at 12 noon at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 5720 Hamilton-Mason Rd., Liberty Twp. OH 45044. Condolences at www.hodappfuneralhome.com


Sister Judith Schmidt - Jan 12, 2009

My sympathy with love and prayers for Marcy, Valerie and Sara….
I apologize for this late message, but once I found a way to do this, I needed to tell you of my loving remembrance of Leo and all of you.
He was truly a man of justice, compassion and generosity–How well I remember the parties and the great conversations we had.
Do stay in touch…I am not at Marian anymore…but employed in a new venture in Fond du Lac,
With love, caring and prayers.
S. Judith Schmidt, CSA

Joe and Maryellen Krzykowski - Dec 16, 2008

Deepest regrets.
We remember the good times back in Fond Du Lac.

Tony Leon - Dec 12, 2008

Marcella, Anita and I were so saddened to hear of Leo’s death. He brought so much to Marian and our city. He left a big hole when your family left. He leaves a big hole now. We thought about him on election night, all these years later.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughters.

Ralph Schwartz - Dec 10, 2008

Leo was one of the most engaging, knowledgable and inspirational teachers I have ever known. I had the pleasure to be in his class at UW-FdL in the late 60’s. A true leader. My sincere sympathy to his family during these challenging times.

Robert & Rosalie Emmer - Dec 9, 2008

May you cherished memories give you comfort at this time of loss.

Scott Huck - Dec 9, 2008

Mrs K: We still hear his name in Fondy as being such a wonderful leader at Marion. I pray for you and your family. Sincerely: Your fellow student(St. Pat’s)
Scott Huck
Sunset Supper Club

Kay Godina - Dec 9, 2008
David Kerwick - Nov 22, 2008

May you rest in eternal peace, Godfather.

P.S. Don’t be a sheep!

Janine Hartman - Nov 17, 2008

The Good Steward

He came to us as an accidental University College Dean,newly arrived in a time of crisis.

Within a week he was on the elevator, riding back down to talk to students–who immediately called him “Dean Leo,” and responded to his kindness and engagement.

For the faculty he was present early and late, and doing his best to make the University College live up to its charge of social justice and equal access to education for all.

As a scholar of Catholic education, Leo knew well the idea of “vocare” a calling to a profession and a task. In graduation procession a few years ago, we walked in academic regalia a few years ago, enjoying the occasion and the people. When the staff collected the caps,doctoral hoods and gowns back for the rental firm, he hung onto his, and smiling said “I bought mine the instant I was entitled to wear it.” No one ever brought a teacher’s life more honor, or set a better example of what education should bring to life and community.

We miss him.

Janine Hartman
Professor of History
University of Cincinnati

Jacque Daugherty - Nov 17, 2008

Dr. K worked tirelessly as an advocate for social justice. He accomplished so much in his life, and maybe more importantly, he supported so many of his students on the causes of equality.
His life inspires many of us and his legacy will live on in all of those he touched.

Marci Farrar - Nov 16, 2008

My deepest sympathies to you and your family in this time of sorrow. I remember Leo from when I was a child. He always seemed to be happy and laughing.

Mark A. Lause - Nov 16, 2008

I met Leo as the dean of the former University College. He presided over my hiring and helped me get tenure later. I always felt that, whatever subsequent contribution I’ve been able to make I owe to the other historians in the college, particular Leo. I think we both recognized very quickly that we shared a sense of what we do in a deeper, vocational sense, and we became colleagues and friends. He was the best, most humane, well-intentioned and fundamentally decent person I had ever encountered in such a position. Because of our schedules, we kept in touch only through episodic emails, and I deeply regret that we did not keep in touch more closely, because I thought so much of him. He will be sorely missed.

Bill and Carolyn Brady - Nov 15, 2008

Dear Marty,
We are thinking of you, Valeria and Sara. You had a wonderful life with Leo, he has touched so many lifes, we were blessed to be friends with both of you through out the years.
Love from us
Bill and Carolyn Brady

Michael & Rosemarie Kerwick - Nov 15, 2008

Our hearts could not be heavier with the loss of our beloved friend and mentor of thirty-five years. We will miss him dearly.

There was none like Leo and our lives will be forever enriched for having been blessed with him in them.

As his student and member of the Rider Tonners, I know that “Better Days” are now his in heaven.

God Bless you Marty, Valarie, Sarah and all of your family and may the peace that only he can give be upon your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.


Mike & Rosemarie

Sue Farrar - Nov 15, 2008

My best to you and your family. One day at a time.

Leo was a dear friend for 40 years. We will miss him. Sue

Ken Martin - Nov 15, 2008

Greatest sympathy to the family.
Leo will be remembered as the fine person he was.

–from a colleague,
Dr. Ken Martin