Leonard "Lenny" A. Williston

September 27, 1946 - May 10, 2023


Obituary For Leonard "Lenny" A. Williston

Madison- Leonard A. “Lenny” Williston, age 76, passed away unexpectedly working in his yard on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. He was born on September 27, 1946 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of Allan and Anna (Wheeler) Williston. Lenny graduated from Central High School in 1964 and then served in the United States Marine Corps. Lenny was united in marriage to Patricia Ann Alt on May 16, 1970.

Lenny began working in building construction as a bricklayer and then went on to spend the greater part of his career as a project manager. Through the years Lenny worked at Findorff Construction, Monona Masonry, Wisconsin Brick and Block and Klein Dickert Glass. After retirement, Lenny enjoyed volunteering at HistoriCorps, Habitat for Humanity and Second Harvest Food Bank. Lenny loved tending his house and yard, walks and daytrips to parks near and far.

Lenny is survived by his two sons, Lance (Liz) and Dustin (Kristina) Williston; his niece and nephews and sisters-in-law, Doris Williston, Sue Williston, Mary Alt and Marcy (Bill) Dennis.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat; his parents; brothers, Jim, Doug, George and nephew Dan Dennis.

A celebration of life will be held on June 4, 2023 from 6:00 PM – 9:00PM at the Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison, WI 53711. The family would like to thank Lenny’s close friends in the neighborhood circle and special friend Linda Hubbell – Trester.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity or Second Harvest Food Bank.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

5701 Odana Road



4 Jun

Celebration of Life Gathering

06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Lussier Family Heritage Center 3101 Lake Farm Rd Madison, WI 53711 Get Directions »
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  • June 15, 2023

    On behalf of HistoriCorps, I want to express our condolences to your family. Lenny volunteered with us on a number of historic preservation projects over the years, including at Forest Lodge in Wisconsin. He was a joy to work with and such an amazing person to have on the project site and in camp.

  • June 05, 2023

    Our condolences to the family. We were neighbors for 35 years. Lenny was always willing to offer an ear or help if needed. He will be missed.

  • May 30, 2023

    Lenny (and Pat) we're neighbors for 30+ years. I will always fondly remember how he would pull over as he drove into the cul-de-sac on Pagham to chat and check in on me and say hello. Justin and Lance, your Dad will be greatly missed as our neighbor and our friend.

  • May 30, 2023

    Lennie was an excellent neighbor and a good man. I miss watching him work on his yard. David Rustick

  • May 25, 2023

    My dear friend~ I am so missing you. You were such a strength these past 10 years when Jim left us. I can still hear your laughter, your voice of reason and your kind and caring spirit of encouragement. When God made you, He did a magnificent job. All of us who have known you are a blessed people. You are so loved, Doris Williston

  • May 23, 2023

    Sending our sympathy to Lenny's family. He was a great friend and a pleasure to work with. I worked with him at Wisconsin Brick & Block until my retirement and we kept in touch over the years. He will be missed by many and never forgotten. Lance I want to thank you for calling me and letting me know about your dad. Bless you all and Lenny RIP🙏 Jerome & Judy Hotmar

  • May 21, 2023

    So very sorry to your family Lenny. What a great guy... always had time to share or just to listen. Was in the USMC with Ron & "oh the stories they would tell". Lenny you will be missed. Always kind and greeted you with a smile... RIP Len

  • May 20, 2023

    I worked under Lenny for 6 years, at Wisconsin Brick and Block. Lenny, always took time out of his day to teach me about masonry. I still use his method of thinking, too solve complex problems. He also taught me how to be a productive worker. Lenny, will be missed. Alex Tukiendorf

  • May 19, 2023

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