Leopold Leonard “Uncle Leo” Kacmarcik was called back to heaven after ninety-one years, four months, and eighteen days. Born in Graceton, PA and raised in Nemacolin, PA, he was Roman Catholic. During the summer Leo, like his father, was a coal miner at the Buckeye Coal Mine where he learned teamwork and leadership skills through hard work. A natural athlete in high school, Leo varsity lettered in football all four years at Carmichaels High School in Carmichaels, PA. Having earned all of the academic requirements for graduation, Leo graduated from high school six months early and with his mother’s blessing, proudly volunteered to serve his country from 1943 through 1946 in World War II and later in support of the Korean War.
It was while he was stationed in the European theatre that he met his soul mate and love of his life, Felicia Maria Grajnert. When they were married in Ansbach, Germany, they enjoyed three ceremonies on their wedding day of 15 May 1946 (Civil, Military, and Catholic Church) and subsequently enjoyed more than sixty years of mutual bliss together until Felicia’s passing in 2007. Leo worked for PSE&G from 1951 until his retirement in 1989. He and his wife lived in the same house in Bellmawr, NJ since 1954 and were affectionately known to family, friends, and neighbors as Aunt Ellie and Uncle Leo because of their timeless love and generous support.
He was preceded in death by his loving mother and father, Mary and John, his two sisters, Mary and Irene, and his brother John. Survivors include many nieces and nephews within Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Ohio who will forever keep his spirit alive. There will be a viewing from 9 to 10am Thursday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral mass 10:30am at St. Joachim Parish, Mary, Mother of the Church, 20 Braisington Ave., Bellmawr, NJ 08031.
Interment New St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bellmawr. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Leo’s name to UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), 333 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016.
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