Thomas Paul Leisle, Jr.
February 8, 1953 - May 29, 2019
Resident of Mequon, Wisconsin
Tom, a lifelong resident of Wisconsin, was born in Milwaukee on February 8, 1953, and passed to Eternal Life on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.
Tom was raised in Mequon and attended St. James Grade School and then Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay. He was a lifelong learner, attending St. Norbert College in De Pere, Marquette University in Milwaukee, and the University of Wisconsin- Madison.
Tom had a passion for real estate investment, residing at the helm of the family business - Central Investment Company - for over 35 years upon the untimely passing of his father in 1982. Throughout his life, he generously gave of his time and talent to Milwaukee's business community. His contributions were recognized by the BMA-Business Marketing Association, which conferred it Pro-Comm Professional Excellence Award on him in 1995, and the Real Estate Library, which gave him its Pure Gold Award in 2000. He relished his role as an educator, volunteering with Junior Achievement and Business World in addition to tutoring his niece and nephew.
Tom's impact was greatest on his many nieces and nephews who often saw Uncle Tom cheering on the sidelines or sitting in the audience at their innumerable sports games, athletic competitions, concerts, recitals and theatre productions, and depended upon him for their college dormitory move-ins and -outs, whether in South Bend, Beloit, Dubuque, Madison, or Chicago. He shared his passions with his family, from boating and locomotives to Door County with Al Johnson's Swedish pancakes and meatballs. He enjoyed researching his Austrian and German heritage, passing along his passion for the culture to the next generation of his family. In addition, the family greatly appreciated his investigation into his father's service during the Second World War.
Tom is survived by his mother, Mary Evalyn Leisle (nee Baumgartner), his three sisters - Mary Beth Hanifin (Kevin), Margaret Cain (Mark), and Barbara Enes; his eight nieces and nephews - Meghan Hanifin Milway (Jeremy), Sean Hanifin, Erin Hanifin, Victor Cain, Elena Cain, Joseph Enes, Caroline Enes and Emily Enes; and his great-niece - Catherine Milway. He is further survived by his aunt, Barbara Baumgartner; his cousins - Margaret Hlinka (Eric) and Joseph Baumgartner; and Maggie and Eric's children - John and Grace Hlinka.
The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors of the ICU at Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee for their unending compassion and care they showed Tom during his last days.
Visitation for Tom will be held on Monday, June 10, 2019, from 4:00PM until the time of Mass of Christian Burial at 6:00PM, all at Lumen Christi Catholic Church, 2750 West Mequon Road, in Mequon, Wisconsin. Burial will be private at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Dominican High School (120 East Silver Spring Drive, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin 53217).
Some men see things the way they are and ask, "Why?" I dream things that never were, and ask "Why not?" - George Bernard Shaw