In Loving Memory of Leonard Untereiner
Leonard (“Len”) Burrel Untereiner succumbed peacefully on 13 September 2022 to injuries suffered in a recent motor vehicle accident. He was 81 years of age. Len was born at St. Boniface, Manitoba but grew up in nearby Brandon. He was the eldest of four children and big brother to his three sisters, Diane Leippi (Ed), Pat Pettapiece (Ken), and Lynn Fradette.
Len played basketball as a boy and excelled at both bowling and billiards. He never played hockey, but served as stick boy to the Brandon Wheat Kings, beginning a lifelong love affair with hockey, and especially his beloved Montreal Canadiens. As a teenager, his family moved to Regina, where he met and married Lorraine Leippi. Len became a journeyman printer and worked at the Leader Post in Regina before relocating the family to Edmonton in 1969 to assume a new job as a pressman with The Edmonton Journal.
Len and Lorraine raised five children in the Northwest Edmonton community of Kensington: Lance, Lindsay (Lynda), Lacey, Leighton (Jennifer), and Lovell. In 1978, Len left the Journal to become an original staffer with a fledgling newspaper known as The Edmonton Sun. Within a decade, Len rose to the position of General Manager, adjacent to the Publisher.
During those years, Len coached hockey and served as the President of Kensington Community League. He also volunteered for several years with the Canadian Athletic Club and was named their coach of the year in 1983. In 1990, Len accepted a position with Comprint in Maryland and lived in the U.S. for several years before returning to Canada permanently in 1998.
He then founded Spiritkeeper Youth Society, a charitable organization devoted to helping indigenous youth transition out of street gangs. Len was nationally recognized for his work with Spiritkeeper, receiving many awards for his philanthropy. Len was a proud member of Carry The Kettle First Nation and an outspoken advocate for indigenous youth.
This work was recognized in LIFE magazine and he also received the prestigious SAGE Award. Upon retirement, Len remained active in his community, organizing billiards tournaments for seniors and volunteering his time as a personal fitness trainer to the elderly.
Len will be remembered for his keen wit, his boundless energy, his stubborn optimism, and for his love of music, especially The Platters, Elvis Presley, & Engelbert Humperdink.
Len is survived by his five children and seven grandchildren: Malorie (Rae), Lincoln, Brandon (Allie), Cory (Tamara), Lexton, Lawson, & Leyna. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren. Len was predeceased by his parents, Patrick (1992) and Winnifred (2018), and also by his grandson, Lucas (2022).
A Memorial Service was held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at Evergreen Funeral Home, 16102 Fort Road NW, Edmonton, Alberta. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will be greatly appreciated.