Peter S. Leone, 97, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  Peter S. Leone, 97, of Palmer Street, Watertown, passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at Hospice of Jefferson County at the Ellis Farm, surrounded by his family.

Born June 4, 1922, in Watertown, a son of Faro and Catherine Gange Leone, he attended local schools and served in the United States Marines in the South Pacific. He entered the service in 1942 and was honorably discharged in 1945.

On Dec. 25, 1944, he married Catherine Augliano, his childhood sweetheart, at St. Anthony’s Church with Rev. Quinn officiating. Mrs. Leone died June 24, 1997.

After his military service, Mr. Leone managed the Boston Shoe Repair on Arcade Street. He then became a life insurance agent for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company for 28 years, retiring in June 13, 1979. After his retirement he was the manager for the Greyhound Bus Station in Oneonta, NY.

Mr. Leone was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church and a life member of the American Legion Post #61 for 64 years.

He enjoyed gardening and spending time with his wife wintering in Hudson, FL, for 10 years. Mr. Leone’s passion was bowling and golfing. He was a longtime member of the Watertown Golf Club.

His family would like to thank the 4th floor nursing staff of SMC, Jefferson County Office of the Aging, Caregivers Staff, especially Curtis, for the wonderful care, and the staff of Jefferson County Hospice.

Surviving are his children, Anne (Peter) Andrusyszyn, Liverpool, NY, Peter N.  and his companion Betty Hughes, Cape Vincent, Steven, Las Vegas, NV, Michael (Holly), Watertown, Christopher (Diane), Wesley Chapel, FL, and Daniel, Rochester, NY; grandchildren, Jeremy, Joseph (Crystal), Robyn (Nathan) Pepin, Michelle, Melissa, Michael, Jr., Brandon, Makayla Gallaway (Tyrell); great-grandchildren, Jocelynn, Marqel, Avery, Chiatta and Tyrell, Jr.; two sisters, Vita Messina, Watertown, and Marie Messina, Pensacola, FL; several nieces and nephews.

Three brothers Vito, Frank and Joseph and two sisters, Angie Di Leonardo and Theresa Messina, all died before him.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. A funeral Mass will be said 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at St. Anthony’s Church with Rev. Christopher Looby officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery with military honors.

Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215 or to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street Road, Watertown, NY 13601.

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