In Memoriam

Leonard Rehatchek

Leonard "Lenson" Rehatchek Sr. of 257 Stock St., Nesquehoning, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, Oct. 10, following a recent battle with cancer. He was the husband of the late Pat Rehatchek. They had been married for 25 years. An experienced auto upholsterer, he started his career in Trenton, N.J., and spent the past 40 years operating a shop in the Village of Hauto. He was well-known all over the area for his work on cars and boats. Born in Coaldale, he was a son of the late Frank and Anna Rihacek.

He was a 1956 graduate of the former Coaldale High School.

Lenson lived a very good life and was never short of a good joke or story. He was an avid motorcycle racer and was very active in the dirt bike circuit, having had numerous "B" senior class wins. He was a well-known figure at all of the races for over 40 years.

His motorcycle passion also led him and his dogs to building and maintaining area trails of over 300 miles in nearby mountains. His latest effort was a layout and completing of 75 miles of trail for the rebirth of the 2006 shotgun enduro in Grier City.

Surviving are two sons, Leonard, and his wife, Sherry, of Hauto Village, and Carl, and his wife, Sharon, of Tamaqua; a daughter, Eileen Barron of Nesquehoning; six grandchildren, Kyle, Ryan and Leonard Rehatchek III, Kasev Rehatchek and Erin and Sean Pannell; a sister, Eleanor Kirtley in Massachusetts; and a brother Richard of Coaldale.

He was also preceded in death by a son Frank.

Service: Private memorial service at convenience of family, Zizelmann-Roche Funeral Home, 500 E. Broad St., Tamaqua.


Published in Times News on Oct. 14, 2013