Local Wine Grower and World War Veteran passed away Sunday night at his home in Geyserville; he was 88 years old. Leo was born and raised in San Francisco where he began working from a very young age. From 1943 to 1945 he served in World War II in the U.S. Army 79th Division, stationed in France where he earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. Upon his return he enrolled at San Jose State University where he majored in watch making and shortly after met the love of his life Evelyn (Consani) Trentadue. Evelyn and Leo wed on August 20th 1950 and began their life together harvesting fruit trees and working on the family ranch in Sunnyvale. In 1959, after purchasing a ranch and moving to Geyserville, which has remained their home to this day, they began to harvest grapes and built one of the very first wineries in the area (Trentadue Winery) in 1969 which has been a place to enjoy good company, good wine, and celebrate special moments in people's lives at the event center. Leo's life was enriched with many other things that he loved including spending time with family and dogs, fishing, gardening, and a good Italian meal using him home grown vegetables, gravy and olive oil. He was never one to pass up a good deal so you could often find him every Saturday at a garage sale. Leo lived such an amazing life and accomplished so much that his and Evelyn's life together is captured in an autobiography "My Nine Lives." Leo will be remembered for his service to this country, his role as an early grower in wine country, and the lives he has enriched throughout his 88 years. Leo is survived by his wife Evelyn of 63 years, his three children; Annette Trentadue, Victor Trentadue, and Lisa Allen and six grandchildren: Nicole Biagi, Crystal Kovanda, Brittany Allen, Tiffany Allen, Steven Trentadue and Tyler Trentadue. Visitation will be Friday, January 10, 2014 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., at St. John's Catholic Church, Healdsburg, with a Blessing at 11:00 a.m. Interment with military honors at Oakmound Cemetery, Healdsburg. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Memorial Hospice at 821 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Arrangements by Fred Young F. H. Cloverdale, 707-894-2540.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Jan. 7 to Jan. 10, 2014