Bernard T. Leonelli of Bridgeport passed away peacefully with his family at his side on March 14, 2014, at age 92.|
Born Aug. 1, 1921 in Campagna di Rome, Italy, Bernie was the son of the late Assunta (Forniciatti) and Thomas Leonelli. His beloved wife, Joyce Maye (Durigon) passed away in 1989.
Bernie was the loving father of Susan Bentz, Donna Lawrence (Joseph) and the late Bernard T. Leonelli, Jr.
He was the cherished Pappy of Jeffrey Bentz, Brandon Bentz, Joel Richardson, Deanna Kozak, Laura Richardson, Tommy Leonelli, Shanna Hennessy, Steven Lawrence and Joe Lawrence Jr. and was the great grandfather of 11.
A longtime resident of Pittsburgh, Bernie worked at the Pittsburgh Brewing Company. He proudly served our country in the US Army during WWII. He was a member of ISDA (Italian Sons and Daughters of America), the VFW, but his family was his life.
Relatives and friends are invited to Bernard's Life Celebration at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 502 Ford St., Bridgeport, PA 19405 on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 9-11 a.m. Msgr. Kevin Lawrence will preside at his Funeral Mass at 11 a.m.
Interment will be private at Ridgelawn Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pa. on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bernard's memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
To share your fondest memory of Bernard, please visit www.lifecelebration.com.
Family Services provided by Boyd-Horrox of Norristown, 1-800-GIVNISH.
Published in www.timesherald.com on Mar. 17, 2014