Robert F. Leibold, age 83, sadly passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, with his wife and three daughters by his side. He was born on November 3, 1939, in Cleveland, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Jacob Leibold and Marie (Lehman) Leibold and brother, Henry Leibold. Robert was a member of Emmanual United Church of Christ in Valley City, Ohio. He attended Rhodes High School in Cleveland, Ohio. Robert received his B.A. teaching degree at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio. He earned his Master's Degree in Sports Science from Ashland University. Robert was a dedicated Health and Physical Education teacher. He taught for 32 years; 26 of those years he taught at Brunswick High School and retired in 1994.
Robert is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Mary Ann (Pacifico), children Dave (Tammy) Alves, Carrie (Steve) Butler, Michele (Les) Szantay, Kristin (Cuong) La; grandchildren, Jennifer (Brad) Carlin, Joe (Nichole) Butler, Lindsey (Eric) Peto, Kayley Szantay, Logan Szantay, Caiya La, Brandon Alves, Brianna Alves; sister Doris Chitester; sister-in-laws, Phyllis Pacifico, Barbara Pacifico, Janice Lefebvre, Dolores (Richard) Kruzer; six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at Carlson Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, 1642 Pearl Rd. (½ mile south of route 303), Brunswick on Saturday, November 26, 2022, from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. The memorial service will follow at 4:00 pm officiated by Rev. Roger Biada. Please feel free to wear your Brunswick Blue Devil Pride, Cleveland sports team attire, a golf polo shirt, baseball cap or golf visor to honor the legacy of Robert Leibold.
Donations in Robert's memory would be graciously accepted by the Disabled American Veterans at
, Alzheimer's Foundation of America at
and Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation, 10810 E. 45th Street, Suite 300, Tulsa, OK 74146, online at
THE LIFE STORY OF ROBERT LEIBOLD
It is with the heaviest heart to share the passing of our dad. We lost the most unbelievable man we have ever known. He was selfless and truly lived by the Golden Rule - treating others as one wants to be treated.
Anybody that had the privilege of knowing him, knows what a beautiful human being he was.
Family was everything to him. He was so proud of his wife, his daughters and his grandkids. His greatest joy was being with family. Three of his fondest memories were his daughters' weddings.
Dad and Mom were married 58 years. The greatest gift they gave to us was their demonstration of love, selflessness and humility. Mom and Dad kept busy for 58 years doing many things together. They were in bowling leagues, couples golf leagues, Bridge clubs, frequented the movie theater and theater productions, they played Poker, Pinochle, Euchre, Spades, Rummikub and whatever else they were introduced to. Dad and Mom's social life was always thriving. They even maintained a meticulous calendar to keep track of their social outings. Dad would always say, "let me check the calendar".
Dad lived a healthy and happy life and did everything he wanted. He most certainly had no regrets.
He loved people and thrived on making an impact and ensuring he brought a smile to all those he encountered. He made people feel welcome, comfortable and important regardless of who they were.
He loved playing cards, golf, telling corny jokes, reading, all genres of music including Polka, musical productions, and daily walks. He was an unbelievable bridge player, and he and mom stole the dance floor with their Polka dancing. He thoroughly enjoyed orchestrating games and loved being the MC at gatherings. One of his all time favorite traditions was the annual Leibold/Chitester Family Reunion.
Dad wanted to be remembered as a Christian. His life was representative of Christian values. He was the most humble and loving man. He spent many, many hours volunteering at his church and regularly read the Bible and daily Devotionals.
He was a Clevelander through and through. He never missed watching a Browns game while listening to Jimmy Donovan on the radio. Dad also loved the Tribe/Guardian's and the Cavaliers. Not only did he love professional sports, he loved college football and basketball. Being the golfer he was, he never missed watching a PGA/LPGA tournament.
In addition to being a Clevelander, Dad was a Brunswick Blue Devil. He began teaching in Brunswick in 1968 and served as the Head Football Coach. He was proud to have been a teacher for 32 years; 26 years at Brunswick High School. He loved being part of the Brunswick community and was known to many as 'Brunswick Bob'. Not only was he proud to be a teacher of Brunswick, he supported all extracurricular activities by attending as many as he could. He had a profound impact on so many students throughout his teaching career. He believed in hard work and rarely missed a day in the classroom. Dad had more dress ties than we could count. He wore a tie to school every day of his teaching career.
After retiring from Brunswick in 1994, Dad continued to serve his community by working at Carlson's funeral home. He wore many hats while working here. He willingly did whatever was asked of him. He was proud to be part of the Carlson family, many of whom he taught and coached. In his retirement years he also had his dream job of working at various golf courses.
He was the President of both his high school class at Rhodes and college class at Heidelberg.
He played football through high school and played his freshman year at Heidelberg. His football playing days ended when he separated his shoulder but then went on to coach.
While attending Heidelberg, he met the love of his life, our mom.
Dad had so many friends and knew someone everywhere he went. He would make friends with cashiers, hostesses and servers. Actually, he would be anyone's friend. Dad would find a way to give a compliment, even to the worst of servers. He found the good in everyone and made sure they knew it.
Dad was an optimist and did not believe in complaining. I'm sure this explains why dad had so many friends. He was a joy to be around and never failed to put a smile on someone's face.
Our family will continue his legacy, as he taught us to be kind, at peace, free, true, brave, strong, happy, thankful, compassionate, selfless, humble, respectful, forgiving and accepting. One of his all time favorites songs was Hold my Hand by Hootie and the Blowfish. We know for certain he will hold our hands as we grieve the loss of his beautiful presence. He left a mark here on earth. He will forever be in our hearts. We love you beyond measure.
Your Loving Daughters,
Carrie, Michele and Kristin