By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer
FORT WRIGHT - A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday for Leo Raymond "Dutch" Broering - a former resident of Greater Cincinnati who died in a car accident Jan. 13 in Baton Rouge, La.
A native of Fort Wright, Mr. Broering, 48, was only 2 when his mother, Patti Fischer Broering, died of brain cancer. His father, Leo, married soon thereafter, and Norma Broering became the only mother Dutch Broering ever knew.
A member of St. Xavier High School's Class of 1973, he was student manager of the basketball team and an editor for the school's newspaper.
"He wanted to be a journalist, but my dad said, 'You can write on the side, but do something that makes money,' " said his sister Carol Allison of Fort Wright.
So he went on to graduate from the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering in 1978. Mr. Broering took a job with Shell Chemical Co. in Houston right out of college. When he died, Mr. Broering was plant manager of the Shell Chemical facility in Geismar, La.
A golfer, mountain climber and poet, he wrote sonnets - as well as humorous limericks - for family members and friends.
He was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Baton Rouge.
In addition to his sister, survivors include: his wife, Claire; a son, Greg; a daughter, Ellen; his parents, Leo and Norma Broering of Fort Wright; another sister, Beth Broering of McLean, Va., and a brother, Tom of Fort Mitchell.
The memorial Mass is 12:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Agnes Church, 1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright. Burial was in Baton Rouge.
Memorials: St. Xavier High School, 600 W. North Bend Road, Cincinnati, OH 45224.
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