Ed and Barb Leszynski named Mr. and Mrs. Westlake

Ed and Barb Leszynski were honored by Mayor Dennis Clough as the 2019 Mr. and Mrs. Westlake during the Dec. 2 tree-lighting ceremony at City Hall. The Leszynskis have been active members of the community for 38 years. Photo by Denny Wendell

On Sunday, Dec. 2, family and friends huddled inside the Westlake City Hall rotunda to both witness the annual tree lighting and honor Ed and Barb Leszynski as the recipients of the 2019 Mr. and Mrs. Westlake title.

The Leszynskis are involved in a wide array of community service programs. Together they are active members of St. Ladislas Parish, run a food pantry through St. Vincent DePaul and run mass for residents of the Lutheran Home in Westlake. Additional activities include serving dinners at the Ames Family Hospice House, tutoring and reading to children at Dover Elementary School, and involvement with the Westlake Boosters Club while their children were in school.

Ed has served as president of the Society of St. Vincent DePaul for the past six years and is in charge of the hot meal programs that feed more than 200 of Cleveland’s hungry. He and Barb were active for many years in the Westlake/Bay Rotary, with Ed serving as president.

Barb, a retired educator, is president of the Westlake Board of Education and College Club West. She volunteers weekly as a patient advocate at Fairview General Hospital and is a member of a knitting club that knits hats for newborns and prayer shawls for those who have recently been diagnosed with illness.

The Leszynskis have lived in Westlake for 38 years. They have three adult children who all graduated from Westlake High School.

For over 35 years the Westlake Town Criers have selected a Mr. and Mrs. Westlake based on nominations from the community. Winners are chosen based on their dedication to service of the Westlake community.

As Mr. and Mrs. Westlake, the Leszynskis will be guests of honor during Westlake's Fourth of July and Memorial Day parades. The Town Criers will also host a dinner in their honor in the fall of 2019.

The Westlake Town Criers is a non-profit organization of men who are members of civic and business professions within Westlake and neighboring communities. The Criers are dedicated to aid and assist worthy causes in Westlake, providing benefits to citizens, schools, civic and community organizations.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 10:38 AM, 12.04.2018