WILMINGTON — Leo Joseph Battistelli, 89, was called home Saturday, June 1, 2019. Leo was born Aug. 17, 1929, in North White Plains, New York, son of the late Getulio “Joe” and Annuniziata Battistelli.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret “Peggy”; youngest son, Paul; three brothers, McKinley, Alexander and Joseph Battistelli; and two sisters, Anna Baremore and Edith Dandreano.
He is survived by a daughter, Sharon; son, Peter (Yvonne), all of Wilmington, and daughter, Ellen Mary, of Santa Rosa, California; two grandsons, Colin Paul and Zachary; and many nieces and nephews.
Leo joined the U.S. Navy in 1951. He proudly served his country in the Navy Seabees from 1951 to 1953. He was stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Newfoundland and Bermuda. Leo retired from New York Telephone Company after 25 years of service, and was with the North White Plains Volunteer Fire Department for many years. He volunteered at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church as an usher, greeter and at the church’s annual Polish Festival.
He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. May he rest in peace.
A funeral Mass will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, June 14, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church with the Rev. Roger Malonda Nyimi officiating. The family will greet friends at the church following the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Leo’s memory may be made online or by mail to: Unforgotten Souls of CCAC (a non-profit animal rescue shelter), 686 Sunset Lakes Blvd. SW, Sunset Beach, NC 28468.
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