September 13, 1920 – September 1, 2014
Our beloved Guido C. Leo went to rest with his Heavenly Father on September 1, 2014. Guido was born to Frank and Mary (Santoro) Leo on September 13, 1920. Guido immigrated from Terravecchia, Italy at the age of 16 along with his family, in 1937 through Ellis Island in the Port of New York. The ways of the “old country” greatly influenced Guido’s strong value system. Throughout his lifetime Guido had a profound love of family, kindness and generosity toward others, faith in God and in delivering service to his community. As a young boy in Italy, Guido learned the craft of shoemaking which grew into a 50 year career. He owned and operated Park Avenue Shoe Repair until his retirement in 1985. While he served many customers during those years, he was particularly fulfilled creating shoes for children with polio and others with disabilities.
Guido felt privileged and honored to have experienced traveling the world serving during World War II in the U.S. Army. He was an active member of the Bellizzi MacRae American Legion Post 659 for which he was an avid volunteer. He has been a lifelong member of the Stemma de Italia, later known as the Society of Italian Americans serving in various leadership positions. Guido has been a long time parishioner of Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church. The Italian-American Cultural Center recognized Guido by honoring him as the recipient of the “2013 Outstanding Citizen Award.”
A few of Guido’s favorite fun pastimes were dancing, card playing and gardening.
Guido will be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife of 32 years, Dorene; step-children, Linda (Tom) Armitage of Cedar Rapids, Jim (Marsha) Theisen of Long Beach, CA, Debbie Theisen-Chenchar (Mike) of West Des Moines, Gina Bohler of Johnston, Jeff Theisen of Mary Esther, FL; 14 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild; sisters, Marfisa “Marcy” Gaulke and Rosie Gibson both of Des Moines, and Rachel Quijano of Norman, OK; many adoring nieces and nephews; and a lifetime of special and dear friends, many of whom have gone before him. Additionally, Guido was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Rachel Roberts; brother-in-laws, Ted Gaulke and Dan Gibson.
The family would like to thank the staff of Unity Point Hospice for their expert care, compassion and support through Guido’s journey over the past several weeks. They also extend their sincere gratitude for the love and support extended by neighbors whenever need arose.
Family will be available to visit with friends on Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 4 to 8 pm with a Rosary service at 7 pm at Tonini Funeral Home, 2135 SW 9th Street, Des Moines. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, September 5, 2014 at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church, 15 Indianola Avenue, Des Moines. Following the service, burial will be at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church Foundation or the charity of choice in loving memory of Guido.Information provided by: Brooks Funeral Care 7975 University Blvd. Clive, IA 50325 www.meaningfulfunerals.net