St. Peter Lutheran Church
4713 150 Ave SE
Leonard, ND 58052


Worship Services:
10:30 am Sundays

Sunday School: 
10 am Sundays

We are located just a short 35 minute drive from Fargo, ND and 15 minutes from Casselton. We look forward to your visit. View Map


St. John Lutheran Church
14499 42nd St SE
Embden, ND 58079

Worship Services: 
9 am Sundays

Sunday School:  
10 am Sundays


Health Fair!

Second annual health fair to be held April 26th, contact Nancy at 701-238-2255 to get your tickets today!


Josephine Jenny (Becvar) Zaeske

With the same strength of character and sense of purpose with which she lived her life, Josephine Jenny (Becvar) Zaeske passed away on March 9, 2014, at Bethany Retirement Living from complications of COPD. Born to Mary (Vejsicky) and Vaclav Frank Becvar in Brocket, N.D. on January 12, 1923, Josephine had recently celebrated her 91st birthday and her 70th wedding anniversary with her husband, Alvin. 

Josephine grew up and attended schools in Brocket along with 8 sisters and 1 brother. Her twin brother, Joseph Frank, passed away shortly after their birth. Her life-long passion for education, music, gardening, and creative baking took root in her early years, gaining her recognition as Outstanding 4-H Member for Ramsey County in 1939 and Salutatorian of her graduating class in 1940. After high school, Josephine continued her education at Minnesota State University, Moorhead, ultimately securing her under-graduate degree and completing extensive post-graduate coursework in Education. 

Josephine began her 35 year teaching career in various rural schools in ND, including Durbin and Watson Township. On March 4, 1944, Josephine married Alvin H. Zaeske and they began their life together on the family farm near Leonard, N.D. Josephine continued to work as an educator, spending 5 years in Casselton, N.D., and retiring during her tenure at Thomas Edison Elementary School in Moorhead in 1986. 

Josephine was an active member of the Cass County Historical Society, serving on the board for 6 years as secretary-treasurer and president. She was also a charter member of the Bonanza Belles and held all offices as well as serving in the role of teacher and volunteer at the Dobrinz School for 34 years. Josephine founded the Pioneer School Foundation, with assistance from Bremer Bank, to ensure funding is available to maintain the Dobrinz School at Bonanzaville. 

Josephine utilized her musical talents as a volunteer at Mary Hill Retirement Home in Enderlin, Bethany Homes, Fargo and Casselwood in Casselton. In 1993, Josephine was honored as one of five recipients of the North Dakota Volunteer Action Award for outstanding volunteer service by Governor Schafer. 

As active flower gardener like her father before her, family and friends enjoyed her colorful display of flowers, both at their home and the arrangements she prepared for church services at St. Peters Lutheran for more than 50 years. 

Josephine is survived by her husband, Alvin, Bethany Retirement Living, her son, David (Janet) Zaeske and daughter, Julie (Stephen) Norman, all Fargo. Survivors also include one sister, Alice Becvar Thompson, San Luis Obispo, CA; four grandchildren, Bryce (Kelsey Deshler) Weaver, NY, NY, Jillian (Travis) Russell, West Fargo, ND, Haakon (Lena ) Zaeske, Bozeman, MT, and Katelin Zaeske, Fargo, and one great-grandson, Theo Russell, West Fargo, ND. 

Josephine was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Anna Hill, Betty Timms, Mayme Kelly, Rose McNeill, Emma Smith, Henry Becvar, Agnes Winters, and Kathleen Huffman. 

Memorials to Watson Cemetery… 

Visitation: Friday, March 14, 2014 from 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at West Funeral Home, West Fargo. 

Funeral: Saturday at 10:30 AM at St. Peter Lutheran Church, rural Leonard, ND with visitation one hour prior. 

Interment: Watson Cemetery. 

Arrangements with West Funeral Home – Casselton & West Fargo


Service Time Change

Due to cancellations this past Sunday, Embden would like to have their annual meeting this Sunday, February 2nd and St. Peter will have a 9 A.M. service time.


John "Jack" K. Vining

John "Jack" K. Vining, 85 of Leonard, ND, passed away on Friday, December 13, 2013 at his home.

Jack was born on August 30, 1928 in Fargo, ND to Lenley and Marion (O'Bleness) Vining. He graduated from Chaffee High School and attended Concordia College. Jack served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. On May 11, 1954, he married Eva Hromick in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Jack spent his working years as both a farmer in the Chaffee area and as an aerial crop sprayer.

Jack enjoyed flying, hunting and making deer sausage, photography and visiting with family and friends. He was a lifelong member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in rural Leonard and served on the church council as Treasurer. He also served on the Chaffee School Board, C & L Elevator Board and was a charter member and secretary of the Chaffee Lions Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Bill.

Jack is survived by his wife, Eva; son, Randall (Kathy) Vining; daughters, Sherry Vining and Kimberly (Steve) Malakowsky; grandchildren, Natalia, Stephanie and Bryan; great-granddaughters, Dalice and Taylor; brother, Clifford (Darlene) Vining; sisters-in-law, Naomi Vining and Verna Erdman and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation: Tuesday, December 17 from 5-7 pm at West Funeral Home, Casselton and also
one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.

Prayer Service: Tuesday at 7:00 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial Service: Wednesday, December 18 at 2:00 pm at St. Peter Lutheran Church, rural Leonard, ND.

Final Resting Place: Watson Cemetery, rural Leonard, ND.


Inclement weather notice:

All meetings and affirmation classes cancelled for Wednesday December 4th. The joint council and budget committee meeting is rescheduled for Wednesday December 11th@ 7:pm .