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Leonard L. Lachendro

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(09/16/29 ? 07/03/06) Well --- he finally did it. He bought the farm, bit the dust, kicked the bucket (well, he would have, if he'd had legs!). Loved by a few, respected by many, and FEARED by most, he leaves behind his loving wife, Audrey, exasperating, but cherished daughters (Barbara Lachendro & Susan [Roger] Matson), treasured granddaughters (Erika & Katie Matson), a sister (Lorraine Mutschler), a sister-in-law (Peg Lachendro), and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death (within just a few hours) by his brother, John Lachendro. True to his nature (if you have to go, go in style), he picked the biggest monument that he could find (the Golden Gate Bridge), from which to have his ashes tossed. His last parting words to his beloved family were, "Don't forget the family motto: illigitimi non carborundum" (don't let the b---- get you down). A marine at heart (you can take the man out of the marines, but never the marines out of the man), he used his "diplomatic skills" to have two city libraries built (one in Bethel Park, PA and the other at the corner of Locust & Church Streets in Lodi), to impart jewels of wisdom to friends and family (whether we wanted to hear it or not!), and to make sure that things always were done his way. Those who knew him well will forever miss his warmth, generosity, sense of humor, and way with words. This obituary was personally approved by Leonard --- for, as you all know, he always had to have the last word!
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on July 12, 2006
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