Leonard N. Custode, 86, our hero and idol, departed us on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at Niagara Hospice House in Lockport, NY. Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, he was the son of the late Joseph and Julia (Fusco) Custode, and later he was raised by loving stepmother, Mary (Paonessa) Custode.
Leonard moved with his father to Niagara Falls, NY and attended local schools. He graduated from Niagara Falls High School in January of 1945, and then served in the United States Army from August 13, 1945, serving in occupied Germany, until his honorable discharge on January 16, 1947. He later attended Rutger's University and obtained a degree in photography. On July 8, 1952, he met the love of his life, Antoinette Bruccoleri, and married on September 8, 1954. Leonard began working in the furnace room at TAM Ceramics in Niagara Falls, and retired in 1989 as superintendent of maintenance after 39 years of service. He spent most of his retirement enjoying the time with his loving wife. He also enjoyed golfing with his "golf buddies" and made delicious homemade wine.
In addition to his wife of 59 years, Antoinette, he is survived by three children, Karen (Joe) Costanzo of Lewiston, NY, Kathy (Glenn) Polka of Youngstown, NY, and Joseph (Karen) Custode of Temecula, CA; six grandchildren, Sara (Chris) Schiro Costanzo, Cassie (Erik) Poppenberg Costanzo, Jason Polka, Stephanie Polka, Jena (Matthew) Love Custode and Joseph Custode; and four great-grandchildren, Vincent, Fiona, Ryan and Leonard. He was predeceased by his sister, Rose Gunzelmann and a brother, Lewis Custode.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 3-8 PM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, October 17th, at 10:00 AM at St. Vincent de Paul Parish at Prince of Peace Church, 1055 N. Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY, with Rev. Robert Hughson officiating. EVERYONE PLEASE ASSEMBLE AT CHURCH. Entombment with military honors in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY 14094.
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