Leonard D. Colucci, 84, of Taylor, died Friday morning at home. He is survived by his devoted wife, the former Beverly Heiser Colucci.
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Born in Dunmore, he was the son of the late Donato and Vita Mecca Colucci and graduated from Dunmore High School, class of 1948. He was an electrician by trade and retired as a Master Sergeant from the U.S. Army after serving 32 years. Leonard was a member of the National Guard 109th Infantry, 28th Division, and worked at Scranton Armory and later at Fort Indiantown Gap.
He was a loyal veteran who lived his life in military time and punctuality. He enjoyed following all sports, but was an avid Yankees for life member and Penn State fan. His resemblance to JoePa was that of a twin brother. He loved his Italian food and enjoyed specialties from Catalano's. He made sacrifices for his children and gave his love generously to his four grandchildren. His sparkle in his eyes and what kept him inspired was his great grandson. Leonard was a man who spoke his mind and earned your respect and he encouraged his family to be their very best, but it was known he was always there beside them if they needed anything.
In addition to his wife, surviving are his daughters, Marguerite Evans, Dunmore; Paula Colucci, Blakely; Beth Jezik and husband, Henry, Washingtonville, N.Y.; a son, Donato and wife, Megan. Lexington, N.C.; grandchildren, Katie Jezik; Andrew Jezik and wife, Carly; Danielle Bekanich and Brooke Consenza; great-grandson, Mason McCormick; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Dawn Colucci; sisters, Anna Mecca and Epaul Capone; and brother, Vito.
Forever in hearts you will be. Fond memories we hold deep in our thoughts. We will always strive to make you proud of us. "I love you. Me too."
The family would like to thank the staff of Hospice of Sacred Heart for their wonderful care and compassion shown to "Nardo" and his family. Especially Barbara and Megan.
The funeral will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St., Taylor, with services by Wendy D'Agostino. Family and friends may call Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment with military honors will follow in Cathedral Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes Barre, PA 18702.
Please visit www.semiancares to share memories or extend condolences.
Semian Funeral Home
704 Union St
Taylor, PA 18517
Published in Scranton Times on Mar. 23, 2014