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Bernard J. Leininger, M.D.
05/30/2021
Location
Willowbrook
Visitation
Memorial Visitation Friday June 18th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Notre Dame Church, Clarendon Hills.
Services
Memorial Mass Friday June 18th, 2:00 pm at Notre Dame Church, Clarendon Hills.
Burial Location
All services will conclude at the church.

Bernard J. Leininger died peacefully at his home in Clarendon Hills, surrounded by his family on Sunday, May 30.

Bernard grew up on a farm with four siblings in rural Nebraska and went on to become a successful cardiovascular surgeon in Chicago.  He met his lifetime love and future wife, Pat, while in medical school at Creighton University.  After completing an internship and residency at Cook County Hospital, he continued his training at the University of Michigan.  Bernard and Pat next came to Chicago to raise four children in the early sixties. During his career, he helped pioneer the field of open-heart surgery. He operated on many colorful figures that included the city’s sport stars, organized crime members, and politicians.  

In high school, Bernard studied to be a priest at Conception Seminary in rural Missouri. In college, he pivoted to a career in the medical profession. The Catholic Christian faith in which he was raised shaped much of his life. He helped to pass it on to his children. 

After retiring from medicine, he transitioned to a successful second career as an investor.  Also in retirement, Bernard traveled to Kyrgyzstan, India, Cuba and Thailand where he studied health care delivery systems in both an official and informal capacity. He played golf and tennis with competitive gusto and read voraciously into his mid-80’s.

He is survived by his beloved wife Pat Leininger (nee: Burns) for 62 years. Loving father of Susan (John) Gorman, Joe (Kathy) Leininger, Tom Leininger (Holly Johnson), and the late Ann Leininger. Devoted grandfather of Brendan, Katie, Jake, Dan, and Amy.

Memorial Visitation Friday June 18th from 1:00 pm until time of Mass 2:00 pm at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 64 Norfolk Ave, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514. Services will conclude at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to:

Doctors Without Borders, https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org

People’s Resource Center,  https://www.peoplesrc.org/donate  or the

Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society https://www.childrenscliniciws.org  would be appreciated.

A live stream of the Funeral Mass at 2PM is available by clicking in the link below.

https://vimeo.com/561812749/90c284a2e3

Arrangements entrusted to Adolf Funeral Home – Willowbrook. 630-325-2300 or adolfservices.com

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