Jack Leinweber, 91, a long-time resident of Newark, California, passed away suddenly at Washington Hospital in Fremont on December 17.

First and foremost, Jack was a steadfast and devoted family man.  He met his beautiful wife, LaVerne Belfi, at a weekly local dance, where she joked he “swept her off her feet”.  He and his loving wife LaVerne quietly celebrated 67 years of marriage last summer.  Their union has been blessed with three children, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Sadly, they lost their eldest son, Gary, to cancer in 2012, who was survived by wife Jerelyn Leinweber of Fremont and their son, Johnny Leinweber of San Jose.

Jack is also survived by their devoted son, Ken Leinweber, of Fremont; granddaughter Chrystal Sumner (John Sumner) and great-granddaughter, Cora Sumner, of Lathrop; plus granddaughter Britney Marie Leinweber of Fremont.

Finally, their family was complete with the birth of their daughter, LeeAnn Plummer, of Nevada.  Sadly, LeeAnn’s husband, Randy Plummer, passed away from cancer a few years ago.

Jack grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, one of five children born to Emil and Dorothy Leinweber (Mary Lou, Joseph, Jean, James).  On occasion, Jack would talk about the devastating loss of his mother when he was only six, but he quickly learned the importance and solidarity of family.  He was very close with his father, Emil.

Jack was an outgoing and friendly man.  It was said many times that he never met anyone with whom he couldn’t strike up a conversation.  He loved following local sports teams, plus his beloved Cleveland Indians.  Anyone who knew Jack knew he had a passion for gardening (roses and tomatoes were his specialties) and a love for music- especially the polka.

Jack and LaVerne considered their beautiful and talented children, grandchildren, and extended family members their greatest gifts in life.  Jack will be deeply missed.

The family would also like to express their appreciation for the loving, professional nursing care Jack received at Washington Hospital.

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  1. Just a note to express my feelings for Jack, we become acquianted while he was working with a Chemical Co and I for a truck line soliciting his business, later we both took early retirement and still keep in touch meeting every few weeks for lunch and telling the same stories over and over again and they got a little better each time we would tell them, ironically we were both the same age he born in March and me in April the same year, Jack’s friendship will last with me for ever, he will be greatly missed, friends like that will never leave me.
    May the good Lord be with the Leinweber Family thru this trying time.
    Best Regards
    Richard {Dick} Eldredge

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