Michael R Leffler
Date of Death: April 29, 2020
MICHAEL ROY LEFFLER Obituary Michael Roy Leffler, 60, of Pennington, New Jersey, died at home on April 29, 2020 after a valiant twelve-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Michael was born on February 10, 1960 to his parents, Lois Nicolai-Leffler and James J. Leffler, at Greensburg Hospital, Greensburg, Indiana. He tipped the scale at ten pounds twelve ounces, becoming the largest baby born at that hospital prior to that time. He attended Saint Paul Grammar School, North Decatur High School and Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. Following high school Michael served with the United States Army Tank Battalion in Germany, and after his discharge went on to Indiana State. Once he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, he became active with the Veterans Administration Hospital doctors who monitored his medical progress. Michaels father preceded him when Michael was 23 years old. He is survived by his mother, Lois Nicolai, Asbury Park, NJ; sisters Deborah Leffler-Newman, Lawrenceville, NJ; Eileen Leffler-Larkin and husband Keith, Little Silver, NJ; Patricia Leffler-Graver and husband Townsend, Allenwood, NJ; and Brenda Leffler-Creamer and husband Michael, Aberdeen, NJ.; brother, James J. Leffler, Jr., Terre Haute; eighteen nieces and nephews; and ten great-nieces and nephews. Fishing was his favorite hobby, which he often enjoyed with his nephew, Steven McReynolds who was his best friend. He was a regular member and attendee at his church, and he was an avid Bible reader and researcher. Michael also loved exploring new words and had thousands of catalogued word definitions he would keep handy to review daily. He spent much of his time reading and helped his nieces with maintenance at their pre-school and nursery school. Michael was very compassionate and wanted the best for everyone. He had a wonderful personality and dry sense of humor and his pleasant mannerisms made it a pleasure to be with him. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. Michael was an organ donar to the New York Columbia University Hospital’s Parkinson’s Research Center in hopes of helping to find a cure for this debilitating disease. The family and friends will enjoy a “Celebration of Life” service in late August, once the pandemic restrictions are less demanding. All who knew and loved him will be welcome.