Leon A. Genetti, Sr., 74, prominent in the grocery and restaurant business in the Hazleton area for many years, died yesterday at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hazleton, where he had been admitted as a patient Saturday evening. He resided at 438 South Poplar Street, Hazleton.
Born in Lattimer Mines, he was the oldest child of the late Mr. and Mrs. Damiano Genetti. He began his career in food retailing at an early age by working in his father’s market on Chapel Street.
In 1937, he was elected to the board of directors of Genetti’s Super Markets and served in various capacities for the firm, including vice president, executive vice president, secretary and chairman of the board. in 1961, he was elected chairman of the board of Laurel Wholesale Grocery Company, a subsidiary of the Genetti Markets.
Deceased was a member of St. Gabriel’s Church, Hazleton. Surviving are his wife, the former Angeline Marchetti of Nuremberg, and six children: Mrs. Rita Young, Mrs. Stephen Farkus, John, Mrs. Stephen Kashi and Leon, Jr., all of Hazleton; Joseph, Laporte, PA; brothers and sisters, Mrs. Dora Bott, Albert and Esther Genetti and Mrs. Anne McNelis, all of Hazlton; Mrs. Tillie Zambotti, Weston; August, proprietor of the Gus Genetti Hotel and Motel; Mrs. Erma Branz, Freeland, and Stanley, chairman of the board of Genetti’s Food Markets.
The funeral will be held Thursday at 9 am from the Boyle Funeral Home, Hazleton. Solemn High Mass of Requiem will be celebrated in St. Gabriel’s Church at 9:30. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call tonight 7 to 9 and Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9.