Leo Lombardo, Sr.
FRANKFORT – Mr. Leo N. Lombardo, Sr., age 80, a lifelong Frankfort resident, passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, November 20, 2022, at the Siegenthaler Center, after a brief illness. At the time of his passing he had the love and support of his family at his side.
Born on August 15, 1942, Leo was the son of the late Saverio and Anna (Weresczuk) Lombardo. He was raised and educated locally, graduating from Frankfort High School with the Class of 1961.
Shortly after finishing his schooling, Leo enlisted with the United States Air Force and proudly served his country. Upon completion of active duty, he went on to serve another 24 years as a member of the USAF Reserve, receiving his honorable discharge on July 16, 1989. Leo always remained a proud veteran and patriot through the remainder of his days.
On July 16, 1966, Leo was wed to the former Nancy A. Viti at St. Mary’s Church in Frankfort with Father Michael Fufferd officiating. Together, Leo and Nancy shared a marriage spanning fifty-six years and truly stuck together through life’s ups and downs.
Leo’s first and foremost priority was always being a provider for his wife, children and family. He worked for nineteen years for Chicago Pneumatic, before taking a position at Griffiss Air Force Base in the transportation sector, a position which he held until his retirement. In his later years, Leo kept himself busy by working for the Herkimer County Board of Elections and substitute teaching at various local schools, positions which he greatly enjoyed.
Throughout the years, Leo was very involved in the former St. Mary’s Church as well as with his children’s sports teams and CYO basketball. He was currently a member of the DeCarlo Staffo Post in Little Falls and had a great group of friends there, which he regularly played cards with.
Leo was a man who was not afraid to share his views or thoughts and always stood true to what he believed in. He had a great sense of humor and even though at times could be loud and outspoken, was truly good natured and had a big heart. He could regularly be found with a coffee in his hand, scratch-offs in his pocket, a Washington football or NY Yankees hat on his head and a smile on his face!
Leo is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy; his four children, Lisa Quesnell and husband, Dale, of Frankfort, Veronica Lombardo and Robert Marine of Frankfort, Leo Lombardo, Jr. and wife, Jenna, of Virginia and Johanna DeBrango and husband, Joe, of Herkimer; by his grandchildren, Jordan Lombardo and partner, Cole Kyle, Shauna Lombardo, Phoenix Lombardo-Zinck, Stephanie Quesnell and fiancée, Aaron Brown, Saverio “Savey” Lombardo and Jonah Lombardo; and by his great-grandchildren, Kimberly Brown and Hunter Leo Brown. He also leaves his sister, Madeline Lombardo and his in-laws, Gloria Lombardo, Frances and James Vitale, Sylvia and Gene Yelle, Linda and Anthony Valente, Barbara Viti, Joanne and Richard Palumbo, Frank and Genie Viti, Joseph and Ann Marie Viti, Anthony and Patricia Viti and Richard and Kim Viti; along with a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents; his parents-in-law, Frank and Nancy Viti; his brother, Saverio R. “Savey” Lombardo; and by his in-laws, Mary and Frank Rodio and Agnes and Martin Ciaccia.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend Leo’s Funeral Mass which will commence on Monday, November 28, 2022 at 12:00PM (Noon) at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church in Frankfort. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions to Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413 OR to the Abraham House, 1203 Kemble Street, Utica, NY 13501. Envelopes will be available at the church service.
Leo’s final wishes were carefully thought out and pre-arranged with his nephew, Martin L. Ciaccia, and friends, Harry and Kevin Enea, Funeral Directors of the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com.