Leonard M. Fontaine
1938 - 2021
BORN
1938
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Kozikowski Funeral Home
565 Front St
Chicopee, MA
Leonard M. “Lenny” Fontaine, 82, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, following complications from a hip injury. Born at home in the Aldenville section of Chicopee on November 1, 1938, he was the last of eleven children of the late Alcide and Bertha (Tanguay) Fontaine. A graduate of St. Jerome High School in Holyoke, he was also a faithful parishioner of Ste. Rose de Lima Church. Lenny was a US Army veteran, serving his country in the Combat Engineers Division. A trusted letter carrier for forty-two years, Lenny delivered mail on the same route for thirty of those years to the nicest people on and off Granby Road in Chicopee. He enjoyed watching their children grow up and have families of their own. He was also quick with a treat for their dogs. Lenny was a proud union member of Br. 46-NALC of Springfield and a member and volunteer driver for the Chicopee Senior Center. He loved hunting and fishing, especially ice fishing. Lenny was predeceased in 2013 by his beloved wife of fifty-one years, Mary Ann Shea of Holyoke; his brothers, Dr. Rene Fontaine, Paul “Bones”, Gerald “Jim”, and Donald “Booker” Fontaine, and his dear sisters, Lorraine Gosselin, Doris Carney, Claire Dugre, and Rita Rougeau. Lenny is survived by his dear, sweet daughter, Susan and her husband Brian Basili of Yarmouthport, MA, and his devoted son, Daniel and his wife Debbie of Hudson, NH, both of whom were a great source of pride to him; his awesome grandchildren, Danielle and Christopher Basili and Kristina and Jessica Fontaine; and his dear sister, Pauline Bourque of Chicopee. Lenny also leaves his identical twin brother and best friend, Edward “Ed” Fontaine of S. Windsor CT; sister-in-law, Donna Fontaine; and many prized nephews and nieces. His last wishes were that the good Lord watch over his beloved family and that God would consider him to be a “keeper.” Funeral services for Lenny will be held Saturday at 8:30AM from Kozikowski Funeral Home, 565 Front St., Chicopee, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM in Ste. Rose de Lima Church, 600 Grattan St., Chicopee. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Ste. Rose de Lima Cemetery. Calling hours are Friday from 4-6PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chicopee Senior Center, River Mills, 5 West Main St., Chicopee, MA 01020. kozikowskifuneralhome.com
Published by The Republican from Sep. 22 to Sep. 23, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Sep
24
Calling hours
4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
MA
Sep
25
Funeral service
8:30a.m.
Kozikowski Funeral Home
565 Front St, Chicopee, MA
Sep
25
Mass of Christian Burial
10:00a.m.
Ste. Rose de Lima Church
600 Grattan St., Chicopee, MA
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you Susie and Dan and your families. Uncle Len´s smile always lit up the room. He would spend time with every niece and nephew when he saw them. We know the horseshoes are clanging in heaven and there will be a card game tonight.He lived a good full life and was everybody´s keeper. He was very proud of you and his grandkids. RIP Uncle Len. Aunt Maryanne is waiting for you!
John and Nancy Carney
Family
September 24, 2021
Uncle Leonard you most certainly are a "keeper". I am positive that you had an amazing group waiting in heaven for you!! Sending love and prayers to Susie, Danny, and their families.
Christopher and Seanna Kindness and Family
Family
September 24, 2021
Lenny, you always had a smile on at work. We had some good times at the P.O. and Christmas parties. You and Mary Ann are together again.
Maggie Monahan DeForge
Work
September 23, 2021
God has received his "return to sender" Rest in peace lenny your deliveries made our days
Stephen Perreault
Friend
September 23, 2021
Greg Fontaine
September 23, 2021
Greg Fontaine
September 23, 2021
Uncle Len, you have always been and will always be a keeper! My heart goes out to Susie, Danny, the entire family and everyone who holds you dear. You were a marvelous Godfather and an excellent example for all to follow. I will always think of you when I am fishing. My fondest childhood memories are those on the ice with you, and our Fabulous Fontaine family! Love Greg, Karen, Anna & Emily
Greg Fontaine
September 23, 2021
Deepest condolences to family and friends. Uncle Leonard was truly one of a kind. May fond memories sustain you during this most difficult time.
Debbie and Frank
Family
September 23, 2021
Nancy and John Carney
September 23, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great man. Loved by many. With Sympathy.
Nancy M Szablinski
Friend
September 23, 2021
Sending thoughts and prayers for Lenny´s loved ones at this sad time. Lenny will always be remembered fondly by our family and we cherish the time that he spent on Granby Road while working for the USPS. He went above and beyond and will be always be remembered for the positive mark he left.
Mariclaire, George, Warren & Dalton Smith
Other
September 22, 2021
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