Leroy Hauenstein, 95

Letter carrier, veteran

June 04, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Leroy "Pat" Hauenstein, a retired letter carrier and longtime Towson resident, died of complications from dementia and diverticulitis May 27 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. He was 95.

Mr. Hauenstein was born in his parents' Smallwood Street rowhouse. He spent his early years growing up on Fulton Avenue before moving with his family to Hamilton in 1924.

After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1931, he worked at a Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. grocery store.

"During the Depression, he used to bring dented cans of food home for his family to eat and worked cleaning movie houses to make extra money," said his daughter, Donna L. Bradshaw of Severna Park.

During World War II, he served in the Army from 1943 until 1946, when he was discharged with the rank of corporal.

During the 26 years Mr. Hauenstein worked as a mailman, he was assigned to the Govans and Waverly post offices. He retired in 1973.

Mr. Hauenstein, who had lived in Eudowood Towers for 30 years, was an active member for 51 years of American Legion Post 183 in Parkville. He was also a member of the Oriole Branch 176 of the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Towson chapter of Parents Without Partners.

For years, Mr. Hauenstein enjoyed fixing his cars. He was also an avid Colts fan and enjoyed listening to the music and watching classic Hollywood films from the 1930s and 1940s.

His wife of 25 years, the former Amelia Parr, died in 1966.

Services were Friday.

There are no other survivors.

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