Leo Cosimo Lichiello
August 1, 1921-January 11, 2018
As remarkable in death as he was in life, Leo Lichiello passed from the loving arms of his family on earth to the infinite love that awaited him, on January 11, 2018. He was at home, surrounded by his children, embracing death with the same panache with which he lived life. He was 96 years young, the eldest son of Italian immigrants who settled in Parkersburg in the early 1900’s, Stella Concetta Camerota and Carmine Antonio Lichiello.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings (James, Robert and Nancy) and his wife of over 60 years, Marie Theresa Weinheimer Lichiello. He is survived by his sister, Evelyn Rauen, godson, Phillip Rauen, his five children, Theresa Criss (John), Mary Florence (Ron), John (Daneen Pacifico), Steve (Paula Cornell) and Charles (Dianna Young), four grandchildren, Anthony Lichiello, Erin Florence Wolfe, Anna Marie and Stephanie Lichiello, and three great grandchildren, Jackson and Hailey Lichiello and Parker Wolfe.
Leo matriculated through PHS, to the Civilian Conservation Corps and into the Army Air Corp during WWII. He was an enthusiastic athlete, played semi-pro baseball, and valued physical fitness throughout his life, enjoying the sports of golf, racquetball and tennis, among others. He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing, never met a stranger and had the most positive attitude – always! His last years were extended by his daily walks on which he met and impressed neighbors with his indomitable, upbeat spirit and love of life and the nature around him.
He was a lifetime Catholic, serving St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in a number of capacities (alter server, lector, Eucharistic minister). He achieved the status of Fourth degree Knight of Columbus. Leo was an ardent and active supporter of Catholic education and athletics. He retired from Monongahela Power Company after over forty years of service, most successfully in sales. His last years of employment were spent as a right of way agent, a job that afforded him the opportunity of travelling locally and talking to new people on a daily basis. Leo saw every day as an adventure and every good thing that touched him as “divine intervention”. The last months of his life were touched by the kindness of BrightStar Care workers and others to whom the family is indebted. The last week of his life, he was thrilled with a life flight to Morgantown, an aerial view of Mountaineer Stadium, an ambulance ride home through the part of WV with which he was so familiar, and meeting (and impressing beyond belief) the flight crew, the WVU Hospital staff and the wonderful people at Amedisys Hospice who made his last couple days on earth an absolutely joyful blessing.
Friends may call from 4-7 P.M., Sunday, January 14, at Leavitt Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 2:00 P.M., Monday, January 15 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Father Steve Vallelonga officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt Carmel Catholic Cemetery with military services by American Legion Post 15. Online condolences at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com