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March 24, 1934 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old
Leonardo "Marco" Marchionda, a dedicated patriarch, and hardworking individual, peacefully passed away on January 24, 2024, at the age of 89.
He was the beloved husband of the late Nina, and together they built a life filled with love and devotion. Leonardo leaves behind a legacy of family, perseverance, and unwavering dedication. Born to Antonio and Luisa Marchionda, Leonardo was raised with values of resilience and hard work, which he carried with him throughout his life. He was preceded in death by his parents and his six siblings: Maria, Elvira, Tonino, Elisa, Yolanda, and Pasqualino. In their reunion, they find solace and eternal peace.
Leonardo was a loving father to his daughters Iole (Dave), Anna (Tom), Marisa (Lenny), and Cristina (Marco). His devotion to his family knew no bounds, and he took great pride in being a guiding force in their lives. He cherished every moment spent with them, imparting wisdom, love, and laughter. As a grandfather, Leonardo was adored by Daniela (Johnny), Rachel (Mike), Marc (Ali), Laura (Jacob), Danny (Marisa), Jacob, Nina, Joey, Gianna, and Massimo. His warmth and affection knew no bounds, and his grandchildren were blessed to have him as a source of unconditional love and support.
The joy of Leonardo's life extended to his great-grandchildren, Olivia, Enzo, and Luca, who brought him immense happiness and filled his heart with boundless love.
Leonardo's dedication to his work was unparalleled. Even after retiring in 1996 following over 40 years in the Tile and Terrazzo Industry, he continued to work tirelessly, demonstrating his strong work ethic and commitment to providing for his family.
In addition to his unwavering dedication to his family and work, Leonardo "Marco" Marchionda had many passions that brought him joy throughout his life. Among these was his remarkably green thumb, which he showcased through his incredibly vast vegetable garden. Spending countless hours cultivating and tending to his garden, Leonardo found solace and contentment in the simple pleasures of nurturing life from seed to harvest. His bountiful garden not only provided nourishment for his family but also served as a testament to his love for nature and his ability to find beauty in the midst of simplicity.
Beyond his green oasis, Leonardo found excitement and camaraderie in another unexpected setting—the casino. With his beloved wife Nina by his side and his grandsons as companions, Leonardo enjoyed the thrill of the game and the company of loved ones during their visits to the casino. Whether it was the anticipation of a winning hand or the laughter shared over a round of games, these moments became cherished memories that brought joy to his heart.
Despite the miles that separated him from his homeland, Leonardo's roots in Pacentro, Italy, remained deeply ingrained in his soul. Throughout his life, he nurtured a deep connection to his heritage and cherished the opportunity to revisit the place where he grew up. His travels back to Italy were more than just journeys; they were pilgrimages to the land that shaped him, filled with reunions with family and friends, and moments of reflection as he walked the streets of his hometown.
Their travels extended far beyond the borders of Italy, encompassing vibrant destinations like Venezuela and the dazzling lights of Las Vegas. In Venezuela, they embraced the rich culture and natural beauty of the land, immersing themselves in new experiences and forging connections with people from diverse backgrounds. The allure of Las Vegas, with its bustling casinos and world-class entertainment, offered those moments of excitement and joy, as they reveled in the thrill of the city's vibrant atmosphere.
Closer to home, Leonardo and Nina ventured to New Jersey and Pennsylvania to visit extended family members, strengthening bonds and creating lasting memories with loved ones near and far. These trips were more than just vacations; they were opportunities to reconnect with relatives, share stories and laughter, and bask in the warmth of family ties.
In addition to his many passions and pursuits, Leonardo "Marco" Marchionda found joy in the timeless tradition of playing Italian cards. He delighted in the camaraderie and friendly competition that accompanied each game with his brother, son-in-laws, and nephews.
In every facet of his life, Leonardo "Marco" Marchionda exemplified integrity, hard work, and above all, love for his family. His memory will be cherished by all who knew him, and his legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.
May he rest in peace, knowing that his love and influence will forever remain in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to have known him.
Visitation will take place on Saturday, January, 27, 2024 from 9:00am until time of his Funeral Service at 11:00am at Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home, 13650 E. Fifteen Mile, Sterling Heights, Michigan.
Entombment at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township, Michigan.
Saturday January 27, 2024 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home 13650 East 15 Mile Road Sterling Heights, MI 48312
Saturday January 27, 2024 11:00 AM Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home 13650 East 15 Mile Road Sterling Heights, MI 48312
Resurrection Cemetery 18201 Clinton River Road Clinton Twp, MI 48038