Mass of Christian Burial for Edgardo Aponte, 78, Leavenworth, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Leavenworth. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Lansing.
Mr. Aponte died Friday, Dec. 23, 2005, at his home.
He was born March 20, 1927, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, the son of Julio Caesar Aponte and Cruz Rigual. His young life was spent in Mayaguez and in an orphanage in Cayey. He was adopted by Marie Teresa Liciago Guilbot but kept his birth name.
Mr. Aponte apprenticed as a printer while in the orphanage and was recruited by the U.S. Department of Defense to work at Fort Leavenworth. He arrived in the United States on Labor Day 1946. He worked at the Army Field Printing Plant for 32 1/2 years.
Mr. Aponte was fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese and printed in those languages. He received a Sustained Superior Performance Commendation from the Department of the Army in 1968 for his outstanding work ethic.
After retirement Mr. Aponte did extensive volunteer work for the Catholic Church and the Leavenworth Community. His volunteer work included visiting nursing homes, taking communion to the homebound, visiting the sick in the hospitals and being mentor for many young people. He received the Man of the Year Award from St. Joseph's Church in 1982 and 2002. Mr. Aponte volunteered for 27 years and was also a 3rd Order Carmelite.
He married Ursula Steinwachs on May 5, 1956, in Kansas City, Mo. She survives.
Other survivors include a son, Michael; two daughters, Maria Teresa Ketchersid, Iowa Park, Texas, and Gisela Davis, Topeka; his mother in Puerto Rico; and six grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Davis Funeral Chapel, where the rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The family suggests memorials to the St. Joseph Catholic Church, 306 N. Broadway, Leavenworth 66048.