We Remember


December 8, 1938 — June 14, 2022

Leander John Wegleitner was born December 8, 1938 in Fulda, Saskatchewan to Frank and Agnes (née Pollreis) Wegleitner, their only child. Predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Carol Anne (née Watson), in 2008, Lea passed away peacefully at the age of 83 surrounded by family.

Lea is survived by his four children, Donna (Nick) Toulmin of Sooke, BC, Dean Wegleitner of the Dominican Republic, Lynn (Dean) Best of Red Deer, AB, & Michael (Nicole) Wegleitner of Vancouver, BC; nine grandchildren: Trevor, Grant, Marc, Kayla, Tyson, Gunnar, Teah, Kade, & Lexi; and four great-grandchildren: Aliza, Mason, Avery Wegleitner & Tage Toulmin.

Lea dedicated 23 years to the Kelowna Fire Department and an additional 20 years to the City of Kelowna as Occupational Health Safety Supervisor. He also assumed the role as coordinator for the Provincial Emergency Program B.C. and Red Cross Search and Rescue. He was often found volunteering with St. John Ambulance, attending local events such as triathlons and concerts, or teaching first aid courses. Lea was heavily involved with Kelowna Minor Hockey for many years.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association Burn Fund.

A Funeral Service will be held on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2022, at 1:00 PM (PDT), at SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. A private interment will take place at a future date at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery. 

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2022, at 1:00 PM (PDT)


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Service Details

The service for WEGLEITNER, Lea is scheduled for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2022, at 1:00 PM (PDT). Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Susan Larsen says:

    My sincere condolences to the family.
    Susan Larsen

  • Simone and Cameron greaves says:

    You will always be in our thoughts and hearts. ❤️

  • Arlene Santiago says:

    Thinking of you Donna and all your family at this especially difficult and sad time. Much love, Arlene

  • Karen McNeill says:

    Thinking of you at this time Donna and Nick and family!

  • Jessica Klassen says:

    I remember your dad as a deeply kind, thoughtful, slightly goofy, and instantly lovable man. I know he will be profoundly missed. He must of been so proud and comforted by the huge and loving family you all are.

  • Marlene Zinz nee Kurbis says:

    Sincere condolences to all the family for the loss of your dear father, grandfather. I knew Carol more than Lea, often walking to school together and socializing together, my thoughts and prayers are with the family. Marlene

  • Jeannie Capnerhurst says:

    Our heartfelt condolences to you Lynn ,Dean , and family ! Love and hugs hold on to all of your good memories!

  • Kirk Balfour says:

    Michael, my heart goes out to you and your family for the loss of your father.

  • Nancy Fletcher says:

    My condolences to the family. I worked with Lea at City Hall many, many years ago. He was a lovely man, always with a smile and support. I am sure you have lots of great memories to help you through this difficult time.

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