Leonard T. Baiera, affectionately known as "Boomer," 75, of The Meadows Apartments, Dallas, formerly of Pittston, passed away Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness.
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He was born April 16, 1938, in Pittston, to the late Rose Falzone Grasavage and the late Samuel J. Baiera.
Leonard was a graduate of Pittston High School, Class of 1955.
Although Lenny was retired, he worked for the Royal Bake Shop, Exeter. Prior to his retirement, Lenny was employed by Leslie Fay until its closing, as a master craftsman in the garment industry.
Boom Boom was a standout football player for Pittston High. He earned his nickname because of his exceptional talent in the position of running back. Leo was a history buff, never forgetting any detail and always willing to share his knowledge in his daily conversations with friends and family.
Anyone knowing Boomer can attest to what an amazing sports enthusiast he was. First and foremost, Lenny loved football, especially Penn State football. His love of baseball, fishing, and the competitiveness of horse racing surrounded Lenny with a rich circle of friends.
Leonard was a man of great faith and trust in God. He was a loyal friend to many and had a wonderful sense of humor, generating much laughter in any conversation. Leo's greatest love in life was his family. His unique spirit will live forever in the hearts of those who knew him.
The family wishes to extend their sincerest thanks to the doctors and nursing teams of the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital ICU and the Kindred Hospital for their kindness, compassion and expertise during this most difficult time.
The family expresses their gratitude to the Pastoral Team of the Parish Community of St. John the Evangelist for their prayers and spiritual guidance.
Lenny was predeceased by his parents, Rose and Samuel, and also his stepfather whom he loved, Peter Grasavage, and his grandparents, Mario and Theresa Falzone, and Leonardo and Leonarda Baiera, all of Pittston.
Lenny is survived by his loving daughters, Joan A. Shuga and her husband, Dave, Trucksville; and Lisa M. Musto and her husband, Jimmy, Port Griffith; grandchildren, Julie and Jimmy Musto; sister, Rosemary Burbich and her husband, John, Perkiomenville; niece, Kristina L. Burbich, Philadelphia; and nephew, Bradley A. Burbich, Hermosa Beach, Calif. Also surviving are his former spouse, Joan A. Baiera, Pittston; loyal friend, Susan Donio, Forty Fort; and several aunts, cousins, and countless friends.
Funeral services have been entrusted to Graziano Funeral Home Inc., Pittston Township.
Viewing hours will be held at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Funeral services will begin at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Friday. Those attending should arrive at the funeral home by 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Pittston, at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations be made to the Care and Concern Ministries of the Parish Community of St. John the Evangelist, 35 William St., Pittston, PA 18640.
To express your condolences to Lenny's family, or for directions to the funeral home, please visit www.GrazianoFuneralHome.com.
GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC
700 TOWNSHIP BLVD PITTSTON, PA 18640
Published in Citizens' Voice from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2013