Giuseppe 'Joe' Leone


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Posted Online: March 24, 2013, 8:24 pm
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Giuseppe "Joe" Leone, 71, of Rock Island, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Trinity Rock Island.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rock Island. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Giuseppe was born on May 5, 1941, in Prizzi, Province of Palermo, Italy, the son of Samuel and Lucia Blanda Leone. He married Salvatrice "Salvina" Gagliano on July 15, 1976, in Catedrale Di M'oreale, Palermo, Italy. He immigrated to the United States with his family when he was a teen.
Mr. Leone was employed for more than 30 years by John Deere Davenport Works, retiring in 1996.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rock Island, and Italian American Society of the Quad Cities. He cared deeply for his wife, sons and extended family. Joe enjoyed traveling, hunting, gardening, soccer, card games, especially poker, listening to music, singing Italian folk songs. He had bowled on leagues at the former Bowladrome, Rock Island, and was an experienced ballroom dancer.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Salvina; father, Samuel Leone, Rock Island; sons, Roberto Leone, Adriano Leone, both of Rock Island; siblings, Salvatore "Sam" (Mary Ann) Leone, East Moline, Mario (Pat) Leone, Anna Leone, Frank (Janet) Leone, all of Rock Island, Dino (Tracy) Leone, Taylor Ridge, Arthur "Art" (Kelly) Leone, Dayton, Ohio; aunt, Giuseppa Blanda Pecoraro, Torino, Italy; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws in the United States and several countries throughout Europe.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Lucia; and a sister, Josephine Leone.
The family wishes to thank the entire ICU medical staff at Trinity Rock Island for their compassionate care.
Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.












 




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