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Leonard Szymanoski, 80, The world’s greatest father, husband, Papa and friend, was called home on Monday, April 24th, 2023. A Lifetime resident of Syracuse, Len proudly served in the US Navy as an Aviation Machinist. He met his wife and soulmate, Joan, in 1964. All because two people fell in love, a beautiful family was created. His children and family were his pride and joy.
He worked at Carrier for 15 years and retired after 20 years at Empire BCBS. Len’s favorite things in life were his family, friends, music, SU and Chicago Bears games, good food, and trivia. Len and Joan kept their door and heart open to anyone in need and were known for taking in stray animals and even stray humans! He was the life of every party, and we were always entertained by his stories, his knowledge and sense of humor. He had the ability to connect with everyone he met. Despite any struggles, Len always faced any of life’s challenges with a brave face and a smile.
He will be missed dearly by many. Surviving are his six children: Len (Michele), Andrew (Theresa), Kevin, Deborah (Wynn) Tousley, John (Gloria) Stetes, Rich (Brenda) Stetes, and too many Grandchildren to count!
Finally, he is happily reunited with his wife of 49 years, Joan. Honey and Da Bear together forever, at last. He was predeceased by his parents, Phyllis and Zygmunt, siblings: John and Chester Wleklinski and Betty Kleminich.
Contributions in Len’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept #142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or to the CNY S.P.C.A., 5878 East Molloy Rd., Mattydale, NY 13211.
Len reminds us all that life is short, live every day with love and always look out for one another.
Monday, May 1, 2023
11:00 - 11:30am (Eastern time)
North Syracuse Cemetery
Monday, May 1, 2023
12:00 - 3:00pm (Eastern time)
American Legion Post 787
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