Luitpold J. ‘Lou’ Liebl, 81, Korea/Vietnam vet, Woolworth worker, OMPH member, loved music

By on December 14, 2016

Luitpold J. “Lou” Liebl, 81, of Lancaster died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 at Hospice and Community Care in Mount Joy.

He was the loving husband of Genevieve (Napolitan) Liebl, to whom he was married for 55 years. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Luitpold and Marie (Caldwell) Liebl.

Lou was a graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School and worked for F.W. Woolworth Co. for 23 years as a warehouseman; and also was a career 23-year U.S. Marine Corps officer, serving in Korea and Vietnam and retired with the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He was awarded the United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and also a commendation as a rifle and pistol sharpshooter.

Lou was a very devout Catholic and a member of the Church of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Ephrata. He and his wife Genevieve enjoyed world travel to Taiwan, Okinawa, Vietnam, Japan, Bavaria, Germany, Italy, Spain, Prague, and Vienna. Lou’s hobbies included ham radio, birdwatching, fishing, and shooting pool on various pool teams. He also was an avid reader; and fan of music, from country to his favorite opera, Turandot.

Lou had a great personality and had a wonderful sense of humor and was a very outgoing, loving, faith-filled, compassionate, kind person. He enjoyed reminiscing about his days in the military and was very proud of each of his grandchildren’s accomplishments. Lou was a member of the Fr. Joseph Daley 4191 Council of the Knights of Columbus and a 4th-degree member of the Santa Maria Assembly.

In addition to his wife Genevieve, he is survived by two sons: Luitpold J. Liebl Jr., husband of Susan, of Lancaster; and Michael G. Liebl. husband of Cheryl, of Ephrata; two daughters: Cynthia A. Schannauer and Michelle R. Quirion, both of Ephrata; 11 grandchildren: Katelyn, Katherine, Amanda, Kristy, Kelly, Kay, Kandice, Scott, Conrad, Gabrielle, and Olivia; two step-grandchildren: Brian and Michael; two great-grandchildren: Ethan and Ava; one brother: John Liebl of Hagerstown, Md.; and two granddogs: Maggie and Moose.

He was preceded in death by a brother: Francis Liebl; and a sister: Patricia Kaulfold.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 13, from the Church of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Ephrata, with Fr. John McLoughlin, CSSR, as celebrant. Interment with military honors will be held privately at the convenience of his family at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benevolence Society at the Church of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, 320 Church Ave., Ephrata, PA 17522.

The family thanks the staff of DaVita, Dr. David I. Somerman, Dr. Rajiv Sharma, and the staff of Hospice and Community Care.

Share online condolences at SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Lititz, had charge of the arrangements.

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