HOEGLMEIER Leonhard M., DDS 13 March 2022 In Lancaster, NY, formerly of Dix Hills, Long Island. Beloved husband of the late Rita L. (nee Panasiewicz). Dearest father of Leonhard Jr (late Martha) and Erich (Annette); also survived by four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brother of the late Otto (Trüdl) Lämmle; brother-in-law of the late Edwin and Barbara Panasiewicz; dear uncle of Elaine (Craig) Pressing, many cousins and a startling number of friends for a (self-described) grumpy 92-year-old. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial June 11, at 10 am in the St. Jude Center, 760 Ellicott St., Buffalo, NY 14203. Born in Brooklyn on March 8th, 1930 to the late Leonhard “Hardtl” and Hildegard, Len attended public school in Queens, and LaSalle Military Academy– inexplicably by choice, and not as punishment. He completed his undergraduate study at St John’s College in Queens, and received his DDS– and met his MRS, Rita– while attending the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He graduated in 1955, and they married in June of that year. A veteran of the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, “Dr. H” went on to practice Dentistry in Manhattan and Dix Hills for the next 62 years. Even after he left his city practice, his patients– many of whom became dear friends– would drive sometimes up to two hours for appointments with Dr. H. Though his favorite of the Seven Dwarfs was Grumpy, our “Doc” put children and adults alike at incredible ease in the dental chair. Outside of the office, his many hobbies kept him busy; Len cultivated a beautiful garden in his backyard, traveled the world with Rita, and insisted to anyone who would listen that “The Buffalo Bills are New York’s only football team.” Whether it was driving for Meals on Wheels, blowing his top while reading about politics or Yankees, or sitting next to his wife and pulling the lever on a slot machine in Atlantic City, “Grumpa” brought his own charm and zest for life to it all. So “Pull out the stopper– We’ll have a whopper!” and raise your Krupnik, Dr. Pepper or $1 Senior Coffee from Burger King to Dr. H, his 92 years on Earth, and the next 92 of them in our hearts.