WEBSTER — Dr. Henry V. “Hank” Listenik, 89, a dentist for 50 years, died Monday, February 26, in Pinellas Park, Fla., surrounded by his loving family.
He leaves his loving wife of almost 49 years, Ann E. (Sullivan) Listenik; six children, Catherine Cornelius of Milford, Penn., Henry V. Listenik, Jr. and his wife Cyndi of Jericho, Vt., Elizabeth Pierson and her husband Jon of Seminole, Fla., James Listenik of Shrewsbury, Mark Listewnik and his wife Cynthia of Holliston, and Veronica Richiez and her husband Edwin of Naples, Fla.; 13 grandchildren, Dorothy, Heather, Jesse, Joshua, Jovina, Leanna, Melanie, Morgan, Quinn, Samuel, Tyler, Wyatt and Zachary; nine great-grandchildren, Alexis, Austin, Dakota, Eli, Ella, Henry, Olivia, Owen and Skylar; and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy C. (Lilla) Listenik in 1965, by a daughter, Barbara J. Listenik in 2016, and by a sister, June Thomas in January.
He was born and raised in Worcester, the son of Henry W. and Mary L. (Bioritis) Listenik. He graduated from Classical High School in 1947 where he was on the varsity football team. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Clark University in 1951, where he was a member of the basketball and crew teams and the Kappa Phi Fraternity. He graduated from Saint Louis University School of Dentistry in 1957 and later studied orthodontics and implantology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He completed his internship at Worcester City Hospital from 1957-1958 and remained on the staff as a teaching consultant in the Oral Surgery department until the hospital closed. He lived in South Grafton for many years, moving to Webster in 1985. He wintered in Florida since 2007.
He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and belonged to the Webster-Dudley American Legion Post #184.
Dr. Listenik operated his dental practice In North Grafton from 1958 to his retirement in 2003. He held memberships in the Fellowship of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association and the Mass. Dental Society. He received the National Children’s Dentistry Award in 1957 and was honored in 2007 for his 50 years of dedicated service by the Mass. Dental Society.
He was a member of Saint-Aloysius-Saint Jude Church in Leicester. He was a longtime member and former chairman of the Webster Recycling Commission. He belonged to the Killdeer Island Club and also the Quo Vadis Club (he took special pride in his Polish heritage).
Dr. Listenik was completely devoted to his wife and family. He was a New England Patriots fan and enjoyed traveling, the theater, and musical productions. Two of his favorite hobbies were reading and gardening. He liked living on Webster Lake where he completed many building projects and renovations over the years. He loved spending the winters at Sunset Beach, Fla.
He will be remembered by family and friends alike as a great storyteller. His smile, sparkling personality, and wonderful sense of humor filled every occasion with joy and laughter. He lived every moment of his life with great enthusiasm and will be deeply missed.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 11, in St.Aloysius-St.Jude Church, 489 Pleasant Street, Leicester. Burial, with military honors, will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, Worcester. The family will receive relatives and friends in the church from 9:30 to 10 a.m. prior to the Mass. Donations in his name may be made to St.Aloysius-St.Jude Parish, 491 Pleasant Street, Leicester, MA 0l524. Local arrangements are under the direction of Sitkowski & Malboeuf Funeral Home, 340 School St., Webster.