A brother, Leon, was born in 1927.
Leon Harry Rottmann
Leon was born to John Henry Fred Rottmann and Minnie Sophia Anna Huntemann Rottmann at the family home [the Luksik house] in Table Rock, Nebraska on February 14, 1927.
The birth certificate lists only the name, Leon
with the attending physician being Dr. Fred Kuhlmann.
The name Leon
was suggested by his grandmother, Maria Heine Huntemann.
On Valentine Day in 1931, the date of his
fourth birthday, Leon
was invited to be a part of the celebration at District 49 as a guest of his
That date became his
entrance to the school system and the beginning of first grade.
Bolenius readers, a syrup pail lunch bucket and learning to speak more clearly brought major changes to his
entered 6th grade in the Table Rock Public Schools
and graduated there as Salutatorian in 1943 with a class of 12 students.
Wood shop, playing the E-flat tuba in band and doing substitute teaching in the grades were highlights.
In high school, Leon
took the college preparatory and normal training curriculums.
On completion of 17 examinations, he
was then issued a 3rd grade rural elementary teaching certificate.
After seven years of teaching, he entered the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he was awarded bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. [1955, 1957, 1960].
was fortunate to have support from part-time work, Regents' scholarships, graduate assistant stipends and for the doctorate, a Ford Foundation grant.
parent's sharing of a 1941 Chevrolet and his
mother's return of the laundry box every week with notes, clippings and homemade goodies was a tremendous support system for the nine years and nine summers spent at the university.
On August 7, 1959, Leon
was married to Clara Pauline Thoren; the marriage was terminated by divorce on October 16, 1967.
worked one year following graduation as the Assistant Director of Guidance Services for the Albuquerque Public Schools
Next, he worked as Coordinator of New Student Registration at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and St. Paul Campuses.
In 1967, he
returned to Omaha, Nebraska where he
did consulting and teaching until 1975 when he
moved to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
for an Extension assignment in Human Development and the Family.
He retired from UN-L as Professor Emeritus on June 30, 1994.
has had a lifetime of low-key infections, low energy, active and inactive phases of diarrhea and related health problems.
was in and out of evaluations for 40 years--from age 16 to 56.
In 1982-83, after hospitalization at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
, there were diagnoses of celiac disease and hypothyroidism which are reasonably treated with diet and medication.
Celiac disease [gluten intolerance], a malabsorption syndrome, is an inherited immune deficiency syndrome.
It is likely that this syndrome comes into the family blood line through the Brümmer side since two brothers of our grandmother also had similar problems and a related auto-immune condition, multiple sclerosis.
A network of physicians and his own physician, Dr. Friedrick F. Paustian, have worked with Leon in the development of information and literature related to celiac disease.
is the author of two recent publications: On the Celiac Condition: a Handbook for Celiacs and Their Families and A Case for the Gluten-Free Diet.
He has developed an extensive web site for celiacs and was editor of the Lifeline newsletter for celiacs for 16 years.
Ten German students have lived with Leon to study English, to do an internship or to complete advanced degrees.
These associations and friendships have developed a network of exchange and travel.
And most of all, these special friends have added an extended family.
Leon's mother and grandparents fostered interests in plants, gardening and animals.
always had "his
own" part of the garden, "his
own" chickens, ducks and geese or a hog to feed and water and care for.
Sixteen geese, when sold, provided monies for school clothes and spending money for the year.
Mowing lawns for 25 cents a lawn provided tickets for movies.
Errands for a teacher provided a couple of dimes or the 5 cents for a Snickers.
Cleaning jobs at the hotel and a local church brought the first paycheck of $2.50 per week.
Leon is a member of Pacific Hills Lutheran Church-Omaha, The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod.
retired October, 2000 from a 60- to 70-hour per week job as Executive Director for the Celiac Sprue Association
Their first son, Harry was born August 1, 1920; their second son, Leon
was born February 14, 1927.