Leonard L. Hajost
February 22, 1926 - March 15, 2017
Leonard Hajost, 91, passed peacefully, March 15, 2017
Born and raised in Chicago to parents, Hermine and James Hajost and educated at the University of Illinois, work brought Len to Lancaster, Ohio where he met and married Lancaster local Rosemary Akin. Len served as an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church and Assistant Scout Master for the Boy Scout troop. He was a member of the Lancaster Rotary.
He was a member of the Lancaster Masonic Lodge #57 and all York Rite bodies.
Len was in business downtown for over thirty years, served as president of the Downtown Business Association for many of those years, and was named “Boss of the Year” by the American Business Women’s Association.
In 1999 Fairfield Chamber of Commerce awarded Len’s business the Small Business Award of the Year.
His building, now housing Art & Clay on Main, was presented the Coronet award by Fairfield Heritage Association. Len served two terms as president of Fairfield Heritage.
Operating some of Ohio University’s regional campus bookstores was an important part of the business, and the Hajosts have been honored for their years of support for the university by an area in the revamped OUL library.
A first generation American, Len was proud of his Hungarian roots.
Len was a member of Lancaster’s Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee. A Legacy of that event was downtown’s bandstand, and he played a significant role in raising funds for that Festival project. Later Len was honored to be named to Lancaster’s Bicentennial Commission, out of which came the Ohio Glass Museum
A passion of Len’s was serving as a commissioner for many years for the County Historical Parks. He was pleased to see the levy that saved those parks approved. A long time supporter of education,
A devoted Chicago Cubs fan, Len was there when the Cubs played in the 1945 World Series – and lived to see them win last year. Sports, gardening, the outdoors, and extensive travel were all things Len enjoyed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hermine and James Hajost, brothers James and Edward Hajost, and sister Lorraine Wierschem.
He is survived by his wife Rosemary, sons Scott Hajost (Theresa,) Brian Hajost (Elizabeth,) Bradley Hajost, Bruce Hajost, and daughters Cynthia Hajost and Becky Hajost Brown (Eric).
Eleven grandchildren include Alex and Heath Hajost, Andrew and Christian Matthews, Erik Krause, Akane Faulkner, Jessica McCoy, Elizabeth Krause, Sasha Owens, Anya Matthews and Annie Hajost.
Makani Owens is Hajosts’ great grandson.
Visiting hours will be 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 on Friday, March 17, at Lancaster Presbyterian Church. There will be a brief visiting period 11:00 to 12:00 on Saturday, March 18, prior to the 12:00 service at the Presbyterian Church.
A graveside service will follow.
In lieu of flowers, friends may make a donation to any one of Len’s charities, including the Ohio Glass Museum.