Leonard Michael Majeske, 90, of South Glastonbury, Connecticut was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated with honors from De Lasalle High School. He received an Engineering Degree from the University of Detroit Professional and a Masters Degree from Catholic University. While in school he was Midwest Editor of Design News magazine. He served in the U.S. Air Force in World War II and was a lifetime member of American Legion Glastonbury. His first career was as an aerospace engineer. This included a position with NASA working for rocket pioneer Werner Von Braun. He earned several patents on tank, automobile and airplane components. After retiring from engineering he became an educator with the State of Connecticut.
Leonard, also known as Mike, was an accomplished musician proficient in piano, guitar and his favorite instrument, the accordion. He was an avid duplicate bridge player and a founder of the Glastonbury Duplicate Bridge club. He was a lifetime member of Mensa, a published limerick writer and inventor of the sport of tunnis. He played chess for almost 80 years, earned grandmaster points and won several local chess tournaments. He was the Official Town Crier in Glastonbury and also appeared in advertisements for ConnectiCare. He was a strong vocal advocate for social change.
He was the beloved husband of Joan Thompson who passed away in November 2010. They were married for over 30 years. His sister Delores Gasiorowski lives in Michigan. He has four children: Kathleen Bence, Dennis Majeske, Cheryl Majeske and Christopher Majeske. He has many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Majeske Family Limerick
We're sending you up into space and
putting a smile on your face.
To fulfill your life's dream
is the cream of the cream,
a memory time can't erase.
An engineer was your career
a job that you held near & dear.
Then they called you to teach
and on math you could preach,
enjoying it year after year.
You may think this tribute's insane
but your protests would be in vain.
This ride is "good enough"
If you want more, that's tough.
Our attitudes you helped to train.