Leon Albert Genetti Jr. was the son of Leon and Angeline (Marchetti) Genetti, and the grandson of Damiano and Oiva (Zambotti) Genetti. Leon’s maternal and paternal ancestry were old family lineages from the villages of Castelfondo and Revo in the Val di Non. His genetic genealogy made him one of the few remaining members of the American Genetti family to be considered 100% Tyrolean.
(Feb. 11, 1928 – Dec. 18, 2017)
Published in the Hazleton Standard Speaker, December 21, 2017.
Leon A. Genetti, 89, of Hazle Twp. passed away Tuesday [note: actual death date was Monday, December 18, 2017] at his home.
Born in Hazleton, he was the son of the late Leon A. and Angeline (Marchetti) Genetti and was a member of Queen of Heaven Parish at Our Lady of Grace Church, Hazleton.
Leon was affiliated with the Genetti supermarket chain and owned a local trucking company for that firm. He later owned Hazleton Engine and Brake Co. and operated it with his two sons, Leon and David.
He was an avid fisherman, had his private pilot’s license and had a love for flying.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his wife, the former Marie Passarelli, in 2014; brothers, Joseph and John Genetti; and sisters, Catherine Farkus, Rita Young and Adeline Kashi [note: another sister, Joyce, passed away in 1934].
Surviving are his sons, Leon J. and his wife, Diane, Hazle Twp.; David P., Wake Forest, N.C.; and Michael A., Drums; grandchildren, Leon Scott, Ross, Jillian, Lori and Chandra; great-grandchildren, Kaylee Grace and Kelsey Rose; and numerous nieces and nephews.
His funeral will be held Saturday [December 23, 2017] at 9 a.m. at Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home, 229 W. 12th St., Hazleton, Pennsylvania.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in Queen of Heaven Parish at Our Lady of Grace Church.
Burial will be in Our Lady of Grace Cemetery.
Friends may call Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hazleton Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 481, Hazleton, PA 18201, or to the Hazle Twp. Fire and Rescue Department, P.O. Box 499, Harleigh, PA 18225.
Condolences may be sent through http://www.moranfuneralhome.com
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