Leo Tosline, 89, entered into eternal life on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Taylor Hospice in Ridley Park.
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Leo was born Oct. 1, 1924, in Wilkes-Barre, the third child of William and Anna O'Donnell Tosline. He grew up with his nine brothers and sisters, and loved playing baseball and football with his neighborhood leagues. Growing up, Leo also loved airplanes and trains. At 18, he began training as an electrician and then went to work for the Martin Company in Baltimore, Md., building aircraft.
In 1944, he joined the United States Marine Corps as an aircraft technician and served on Guam as a staff sergeant in the Marine 4th Air Wing Division. He later served again in Korea with the United States Air Force, 51st Bombardment Squadron. He was thrilled to earn his pilot's license and took his first flight in a Piper Cub.
After his military service, Leo worked in aircraft technician roles at Lockheed and then at TWA.
Leo also loved to travel, visiting Ireland and Sicily to meet his extended family. He was a passionate football fan, supporting the Eagles, Cleveland Browns and Notre Dame.
In 1963, he married his sweetheart Rosemary Moore at Holy Savior Church in Wilkes-Barre, and they were married for 50 happy years until Rosemary passed away on March 2, 2013. Together they had three children, Mary, Patrick and Ann. Leo was a devoted husband, father and grandfather; he is already so sadly missed by his family.
Leo was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Joseph, Bill and Jimmy and sisters Roseanne, Joan and Mary.
He is survived by his children, Mary Tosline, Pat Tosline and Ann (Mark) Koch; his grandchildren, Alex, Max and Emma Rose Koch; his sisters, Connie Plewniak, Ann Marie Dietrich and Carmelita Zarola, Wilkes-Barre. Leo was also uncle to more than 20 nieces and nephews.
His Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in St. Joseph Church, 500 Woodlawn Ave., Collingdale. Burial with military honors followed in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777. Arrangements by O'Leary Funeral Home, Springfield.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 21, 2014