Leonard August Horstman

Leonard August Horstman

April 03, 1943 - April 22, 2011

Leonard August Horstman

April 03, 1943 - April 22, 2011


Horstman, Leonard
April 3, 1943 – April 22, 2011

Leonard August Horstman passed away at his home this past Friday from complications of the heart. The doctors’ prognosis was his heart grew so large it stopped, but the real truth is he had loved and been loved so much that his heart could no longer be contained. His life revolved around his dear loving wife Monica and their six children, his great joy was in his eleven grandchildren.

He was born in Torrance, California, on April 3rd 1943, the oldest child of three. Raised and educated in his Catholic faith, Len loved God and he labored faithfully spreading this love to his children and all of his grandchildren. He was a Eucharist minister and continued to seek more knowledge about his faith into his 60’s and ultimately earning his Master Catechist from the church. Len taught this knowledge to his fourth and fifth graders in religious education classes. He was a student of history and had a passion to learn and then teach. Late in life he would combine these two by traveling Europe with Monica and to his favorite Italy four times, visiting the Vatican and the many Churches, comparing the book history in person. He would share these experiences over and over again with whomever he would come in contact with.

After serving his Country in the Air Force, Len started his professional career working for Clark drugs for ten years. He took this knowledge and started Horstman’s Hallmark in Fashion Square Mall in 1974. For twenty-five years he would grow this business and ultimately all of his children would come to work and learn from him the secrets and responsibility’s to success as a business owner. Up to his passing Len was a Real Estate professional in Orange County. The same patient, kind, and great listener traits that made him so loved by family and friends gave him great success in this profession.

He loved to sail, whether it was one grandchild at a time on the little Sabot or the whole family on the La Dolce Vita he took all these opportunities as life’s teaching moments. He shared his Dad’s love of wood working and passed this onto his children and grandchildren as well. A Boy Scout himself he encouraged his children and grandchildren to be involved in sports, teams, or other character building pursuits. Because of this Len would often be at Scout camp, dance rehearsals, riding lessons, baseball, or the many other activities his grandchildren were involved in.

He is survived by his wife Monica, his brother Roger, and sister Kathie; his children Jacquelyn, Brian, Chad, Scott, Kevin, TJ, and his eleven grandchildren.

‘His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’ Mt 25:21.

Rosary will be recited Friday April 29th, 2011 from 7pm-9pm at O’Connor Mortuary Chapel, 25301 Alicia Pkwy. Laguna Hills. Funeral Mass will be held Saturday April 30th, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at San Francisco Solano Catholic Church, 22082 Antonio Pkwy, Rancho Santa Margarita. Interment at Ascension Cemetery, 24754 Trabuco Rd, Lake Forest. Followed by reception at San Francisco Solano Catholic Church, Rancho Santa Margarita.

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10 responses to Leonard August Horstman

  1. Len, although we met you only briefly once, we were well acquainted with both Scott and Jackie. We have heard many fond stories of you from Jackie. Your daughter Jackie loved you dearly as you were a great inspiration to her. You are with the Lord now enjoying eternal happiness. God bless you and your family.

  2. Len was a wonderful man. He mentored many and was a good friend to all. While I was growing up, I remember going next door and talking to Len while he was working in his garage, mostly building Jackie’s doll house! What an amazing carpenter. Len you will be missed dearly!

  3. SCOTT SMITH says:

    Len, I’m Blessed that You where my next door neighbor, friend, father in law and the best grandfather of my children, you where always there and never missed any special occasion of anyone in your family. You are loved and respected. Scott, Ryan, Sean and Sara

  4. sara smith says:

    The day you passed away I didn’t only lose my grandpa but, my best friend. You taught me so many memorable lesson i’ll never forget. You taught me to ALWAYS do well in school, never give up, and if im having a hard time in life to not worry about it, god will be there for me to help me through it. Every moment I spent with you i always treasured, wether it was cooking classes, religious ed classes, thursday night dinners, or just a ten minute car ride. We have had so many great memories that i’ll never forget. You were loved by so many people it is amazing.
    I could write on and on about you and the memories we treasured and lessons you taight to me. I just wanna say one more thing… i love you, rest in peace my gaurdian angel.

  5. Shawn Davis says:

    Mr. Horstman,
    Although I did not know you personally, I am still sending my condolences to your families. I have known your son, Brian and his wonderful family for many years. I had the pleasure of living next door to them, getting to know them and always loving them. You taught Brian how to be a man of Christ, a wonderful husband and an even better father. May you enjoy your wondrous journey in Heaven until we all meet again.

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