William F. Leimkuhler, 92; led PTAs

William F. Leimkuhler
William F. Leimkuhler
Posted: June 11, 2014

William F. Leimkuhler, 92, of Downingtown, former president of parent-teacher associations at Christ the King School and the former St. Mary of the Angels Academy, both in Haddonfield, died Wednesday, June 4, at Paoli Hospital.

Mr. Leimkuhler headed the organization at Christ the King in the 1960s and at St. Mary's from 1968 to 1972, his daughter, Donna Bonsall, said.

"He was very involved in the school and the parish," Bonsall said.

Mr. Leimkuhler was also responsible from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s for the annual Harvest Supper there, "held in October for the parish as a fund-raiser," she said.

Gracann Hinski-Ryan, a family friend, said, "He was a devoted Catholic who believed in giving back and setting an example."

Born in North Philadelphia, he graduated from Roman Catholic High School in 1939 and during World War II worked as a corpsman with the office of the Army surgeon general in London and Paris, helping to set up field offices, his daughter said.

After the war, while still in the Army in France, he studied business administration and French because, she said, "he wasn't sure if he was going to go into the diplomatic corps."

Mr. Leimkuhler returned to his prewar job as a salesman for the Drueding Brothers Co. tannery at Fifth and Master Streets in North Philadelphia.

From 1957 through 2002, he was a salesman of janitorial maintenance supplies for a Philadelphia firm, with responsibility for South Jersey, retiring when he was 80, she said.

Mr. Leimkuhler lived in Haddonfield during that span and then in Wayne until 2013.

A single-scull member of the Vesper Boat Club from the 1940s to the 1980s, he carried a letter of introduction from Vesper that allowed him to row competitively on the Thames during the war, his daughter said.

From the 1960s into the 1980s, she said, he was a Republican judge of elections in Haddonfield.

A member of the Haddonfield Lions Club in the 1980s, he was a tennis-playing member of the Wedgewood Swim Club there.

Besides his daughter, Mr. Leimkuhler is survived by his wife, Marie; a son, Brett; two sisters; and two grandchildren.

A visitation was set from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, at St. Joseph's Church, 338 Manor Ave., Downingtown, before a noon Funeral Mass there. Interment is to be private.

Donations may be sent to www.adorationsisters.org.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.dankshinskifuneralhome.com.


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