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 Frank John “Sonny” Leitold

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Frank John “Sonny” Leitold

  • Birth 23 May 1931 Bethlehem, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 26 Aug 2003 Dunedin, Pinellas County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida, USA
  • Memorial ID 29145505

Son of Frank John Leitold and Yolan Catherine (nee Kadar). Frank was raised by his maternal Grand-mother Julia Kadar, born in Hungary and who lived in Bethlehem, PA. He had 4 half-brothers Francis, John, Stephen and Lawrence and a half-sister, Malvinia Leitold (Lazar). He was pre-deceased by a sister, Mary Ellen (nee Leitold) Crum, wife of Kennie Crum, Greenville, TN. Frank was married in Bethlehem, Pa to Barbara (nee Brown), daughter of Thomas Brown and Bertha (nee Frankenfield) Frank and Barbara were married for 51 years at the time of his death.
He had 4 children, 2 girls Debra Kuntz Longmire, wife of Ralph, Fairfax Station, Va, Juli Martin Capo, North Carolina and 2 sons, Richard husband of Mary, Seminole, Fl and Frank J., husband of Myra, New Port Richey, Fl. 7 grand-children, Ashton Leitold, deceased, Jessica Giorgio (nee Kuntz) wife of Rob, NJ, Nathan Kuntz, Va,husband of Holly, Stacy Grim (nee Martin) wife of Andrew, Allentown,Pa, Ricky Leitold, Seminole, Fl, Sean Leitold, St. Petersburg, FL and Craig Longmire, Fairfax Station, VA.
6 great grand-children born after his death, Ryan and Tristan Giorgio, Madelyn and Braden Grim, Haley Kuntz, Nya Ann Kuntz (deceased)and Xander James Kuntz
He was a Korean War Veteran and very proud of his service to his country. He was a welder by trade. Frank supported and worked in obtaining the rights of the working man and woman through being a leader in Unions, he helped in negotiations where he worked to give them fair wages and working conditions. A Democrat, he loved his country and the freedom the USA gave to all.
He lived in Bethlehem Pa.in his early years and later Danielsville, Pa where he enjoyed hunting and fishing and the fresh country air. Sharing the use of his land each year to fellow hunters. Helping to start a Little League Baseball Team in the area. He and Barbara together learned new and needed knowledge to live "out in the country", they celebrated their success and learned from the mistakes. From making wine in the cellar to unknowingly obtaining some very mean ducks. They always had a laugh together at the end either way.
In 1978 he relocated to Fl. Frank enjoyed the sun and the beach and the ocean, spending many hours walking with his metal detector or just searching for shark teeth, smelling the salt air and finding gorgeous shells.
He suffered a heart attack at age 62 and a bout of prostate cancer after that and he persevered because he loved life and he wanted all the time he could to be with his wife Barbara. He was a wonderful supportive husband who truly loved and honored his wife.
He was a caring and fun father. He taught his children many things, all useful, some funny, some tiring, but all of them memorable. He taught them patriotism, manners, respect, honesty, how to ride a bike, start a fire, swim, throw a baseball, bait a hook, grill a hot dog, set a trap, dam up a creek to swim, prime a pump, fix a flat, mow grass, use a hammer and nails, pliers, the difference between a Phillips and a Flathead screwdriver, home remedies for illnesses, how to use an axe, a saw and a shovel for digging and for snow and knowing the difference between the two. He taught his children so very much more. All things that would help them one day in their lives. And they DID! Not every Dad takes the time to teach the "basics" to his children but he loved their company. He taught his children personal protection and the importance of a good work ethic. His children passed some of these down to their children and great grand-children and that is his LEGACY.
Frank was a teacher not only to his children, but to neighbors, friends and co-workers. While living in PA, He worked many hours of overtime and went to work in the most terrible weather, never complaining, just knowing what he had to do for the good of his family. Frank and his wife Barbara traveled the world together and were true partners in all they experienced in life, they had shared goals and were able to achieve many of them. He enjoyed dancing, music, hunting, fishing, going to the gym, good food, great food, playing cards, history, making others laugh, giving a hug and John Wayne movies.
He passed away at home after a courageous battle with kidney cancer. He was carried to Heaven on Angels Wings. Where he takes care of his family who have passed. I know that He will wait at the Gates of Heaven when our time comes and he will ask St.Peter to let us in, he may have to use his charm and a little persuasion for some of us,(ha, ha) but Dad will get us through the Gates. May God Bless Him Always. May He Rest In Peace.
Frank was my Dad, I want him and everyone to know that he made a difference in this world, he made his mark through his kindnesses and good deeds. His future generations will make theirs, all because he was here. THANK YOU DAD FROM ALL OF US.


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  • Created by: Juli Leitold Capo
  • Added: 19 Aug 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29145505
  • Juli Leitold Capo
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frank John “Sonny” Leitold (23 May 1931–26 Aug 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29145505, citing Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Juli Leitold Capo (contributor 47040037) .