SHERMAN – Leo L. Lombardo, 86, of Sherman, IL died at 7:25 a.m., Sunday, August 15, 2010 at Villa East Healthcare Center in Sherman, IL. He was born June 24, 1924, in Springfield, IL, the son of Savioro and Frances Guzzardo Lombardo. He married Josephine Zappia on May 18, 1942, and she preceded him in death on September 28, 1997. He was also preceded in death by his parents, sister, Agnes Rivera, and brother, George Lombardo.
He is survived by two daughters, Victoria (Sonny) Shoraga of Springfield, IL and Francene (Bill) Black of Rantoul, IL; two sons, Leonard (Wanda) Lombardo of Berea, KY, and Joe Lombardo of Sherman, IL.; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, a brother Sam (Agnes) Lombardo, Latham, IL, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Leo was a member of St. John Vianney Church in Sherman since 1941. He served in the United States Navy as a combat veteran in the South Pacific during WWII. He held various jobs starting out at the age of five selling newspapers in Springfield. He also worked at the fair in his teenage years. Leo also worked at St. John’s Hospital where he met and proposed to his wife on April Fool’s Day 1942. He was a Union Laborer and Union Teamster for over 35 years. Vegetable and flower gardening was a passion Leo shared with the church, neighbors, and friends. He enjoyed fishing and mushroom hunting. He loved the fair and would bring his mother to spend the day. He continued to take his children and grandchildren, walking the grounds, and riding the sky glider. He would take a rest and enjoy a corn dog and a cold beer. When he was no longer able to go to the fair, he would make sure that everyone had enough money for a souvenir for themselves and salt water taffy for him. In memory of Leo, go to the fair, ride the sky glider, have a corn dog and don’t forget the cold beer.
A visitation will be held from 5-7p.m., Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at Staab Funeral Home. There will be a lie in state from 8:30 a.m. until time of funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. on, Thursday, August 19, 2010 at St. John Vianney Church in Sherman, Monsignor Carl A. Kemme officiating. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery where Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail will conduct military honors.
Although many may be saddened, we remember that he is in a better place with the Lord, the love of his life, Josie, and his good friend, Amy, to whom we are sure was a loved Gumba – a salute and glasses tinking.
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