Leo Gendernalik

August 1937 ~ November 2011

Leo Gendernalik, 74, of Turlock passed away at home on Wednesday, November 2. He was born in Detroit, MI to Leo and Mae Gendernalik in 1937. He had gone to school in Sherman Oaks, CA and had lived in the L.A. area and the Oregon coast, then settled in Turlock in 2008. Leo made his living as a grant writer for non-profit organizations. He was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church. Leo enjoyed being active in civic affairs and was an Apple computer enthusiast.

Leo is survived by his loving wife Shelley Gendernalik of Turlock; children Kimberly Hunt of Arkansas and Mark Gendernalik of West Hills, CA; stepchildren Amy Richardson of Denair and Jonathan Boyle of Seattle, WA; siblings Judy Keifer, Irene Rowland, Robert Gendernalik, and Michael Gendernalik; grandchildren Dean, Carter, Sidney, Dustin and Allie. He is preceded in death by stepdaughter Jennifer Reyes and sister Patricia Godfrey.


  1. Leo was a special person, a gift from God with his own unique personality. He truely loved his wife Shellie, and his family. Leo, we miss you already. We look forward to our reunion when we all join our Lord Jesus Christ in eternity. Your chuckle will
    remain with us, your creativity is remembered, your caring spirit is ever present. Denair, CA

  2. Had to add the “Zola” my dear friend as you knew me best that way. I’m so glad I got the chance to have a part of you in my life. Wow Leo it’s been a long time too since way before the birth of the Internet and the day we met on my “BBS.” Thank you for
    sharing Shelley with me too. Though her heart is now breaking, I’m sure she is also rejoycing for having the time well spent with you. I will miss you and your encouragement to always standing behind my photographs and ideas. You were a great man I take pleasure
    in calling my friend. Please look for my dad up there as he was a great man too and a camper as well. You too will get along fabulous!! Rest in Peace my dear friend. You will be missed. Mt. Washington, CA

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