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|Service: November 3, 2018 (Saturday) at 10:30 a.m.|
Location: Little Sisters of the Poor, 4200 Harewood Road NE, Washington, DC 20017.
June 21, 1921- October 16, 2018
Leonard A. Donatelli 97, died peacefully on October 16th at his home - the Jeanne Jugan Residence, Little Sisters of the Poor in Washington DC.
Born in Bangor PA, he was the son of Italian immigrants, Frank S. Donatelli and Philomena (Romano). Upon graduating from Bangor High School, he moved to Washington DC and attended Catholic University. After two years of University, Leonard enlisted.
Leonard was among the Allied troops that stormed Normandy, France on D-Day, 1944. He served as a radio operator for the 494th Fighter Squadron; guiding pilots, as they returned from their missions, back to airstrips that he helped to build. Leonard was honorably discharged as a staff Sergeant in 1945 – earning 6 bronze service stars for his unit’s bravery in liberating Europe.
When he returned to Washington DC, in lieu of completing his degree at Catholic University, Leonard found his career as a tailor. However, he felt unsettled and questioned civilian life. One day, Leonard rode a bus aimlessly and got off at a stop near to the Little Sisters of the Poor. He knocked at the door and asked if they were in need of a tailor – not knowing that the Sisters had been praying to St. Joseph to send them one. From that day until his retirement in 1988, Leonard made clothes for the Residents and the Sisters, he scrubbed the floors, did the laundry, helped to raise funds and whatever else was asked of him. Even after retirement – up until this past year, he continued his mission of helping by visiting with and praying for the Residents in need. Leonard was an integral part of the Little Sisters of the Poor family for 72 years.
Leonard was a Third Order Carmelite (1960).
He is survived by his beloved sister Rose (Fusakio) 99 of Bangor PA and many loving nieces, nephews and long-time caring friends. Brother of beloved sisters preceded in death - Theresa Merandi, Josephine Falcone and Lucille Commins.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 3rd at 10:30am at the Little Sisters of the Poor. Interment will be in late spring at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 4200 Harewood Road NE, Washington, DC 20017.
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