Leo Calabrese

Dec. 14, 2012

Leo Calabrese, 96, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 at ManorCare Health Services in Kingston.

He was born in Wilkes-Barre, on Oct. 22, 1916, a son of the late Charles and Antoinette Geroci Calabrese. He attended Pittston Area High School. Mr. Calabrese was an Army veteran serving during World War II in the European Theater and he was the recipient of the Purple Heart Medal. Prior to his retirement, he was employed for many years as a truck driver for Roadway Express.

Leo was a member of Teamsters Local 401, Wilkes-Barre Township American Legion Post 814 and the Catholic War Veterans Post 274. Prior to its closure, he had been a member of Holy Rosary Church in Wilkes-Barre.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Marianna T. Catalogna Calabrese, in 2005, and by an infant son, Frank Calabrese. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Sam, Peter and Michael Calabrese, and by his sisters, Josephine and Anna Calabrese.

Surviving are son, Charles Calabrese, Wilkes-Barre; daughter, Antoinette Motley, and her husband, Robert, Manhattan, Kansas; grandchildren, Christopher Abod, Manhattan, Kansas; Heather Martin and her husband, Matt, Manhattan, Kansas; great-grandchildren, Adrian and Kierra Martin; nieces and nephews.

Leo's children and family would like to thank the staff at ManorCare for the loving, kind and compassionate care that they provided.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, with Deacon Francis Bradigan, officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pennsylvania Chapter of the , 57 North Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 or to the , 613 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting Leo's obituary at www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com.


Published in Times Leader on Dec. 18, 2012