Leonardo "Leo" Antonio Pignanelli, beloved husband, son, father and grandfather, passed away Thursday, December 8, 1994 in his home with family members present.
Leo was born on october 4, 1923, the eldest son of Antonio and Lena Pignanelli. Leo married Carma Cozetta in 1953.He is survived by his two children, son, Anthony Engberg Pignanelli and his wife, Donna; and daughter, Cherie Colee Pignanelli Hillman, and her husband, Dean. Leo was a loving grandfather to his grandson, Little Leo and step grandson, Laurana Nak. He is also survived by his mother, Lena Fratto Pignanelli; his brother, Frank N. Pignanelli, and sister, Mary Pignanelli Tay lor.
Leo graduated from West High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he was an All State Basketball player and student body president. After high school, Leo served his country in World War II, as Sergeant in the Army Air Corps. He saw action in the South Pacific Theatre, especially Saipan, where he was recognized with various service ribbons. As supervisor of the Salt Lake City Parks and Recreation for 42 years, he was instrumental in promoting athletic activities to thousands of children and young adults. He was especially active in promoting the important goals of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Salt Lake City, and received numerous awards in recognition of his efforts for the development of youth softball leagues and other activities. For many years, Leo was the announcer for the Salt Lake Bees Baseball Club, where he provided entertainment for thousands of spectators.
Leo was an open, gregarious, kind individual, who loved people. He touched the lives of all those who knew him. Many attribute Leo for providing them with their first job or first opportunity to excel in athletics. He will be truly missed by his family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, family suggest donations to be made to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake, 414 West 300 South, SLC, Ut. 84101.
A funeral mass will be celebrated Monday, 10 a.m., at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, 309 East South Temple. A visitation will be held Sunday, 4-6 p.m. at the Neil O'Donnell & Sons Mortuary, 372 East 100 South. Committal service, Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 4th Ave and T Street.
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