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Joseph J. Leandri

Joseph J. Leandri, 58, of Exeter, passed away peacefully Thursday, December 10, 2020 in Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest due to COVID-19.

Born in Kingston on March 9th, 1962, he was the son of Louise Bartoletti Leandri and the late Joseph John Leandri.

Surviving, in addition to his mother are his daughters Alyssa Leandri Smith (Aaron), West Pittston and Rachel Leandri (Kyle Davis), Plains; former wife and life-long friend, Debra Leandri, Wyoming; sister Maria Yonki (Robert), Hughestown; nephew Christopher Yonki (Allison), Hughestown; niece Deanna Yonki, Hughestown; and great nephews Brayden and Connor Yonki, Hughestown.

Joe was a 1980 graduate of Wyoming Area High School (voted best personality) and received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration and Marketing at Wilkes University. He had worked as a sales and marketing associate for

Kraft General Foods.

Joe was a man of heart, humor and wit, always making others smile. He valued family and love above all, always putting others before himself. He would give the shirt off his back to anyone who needed it.

The absolute best type of father, husband, brother, son, uncle and friend anyone could ever ask for. His soul was as pure and kind as they come.

Anyone who knew him is left with great memories of laughter, fun, and positivity. Those closest to him are left with immense comfort by the continuous, outpouring love and affection he so generously gave every single day of his life.

He lived for his two daughters: Alyssa and Rachel. Everything he did, he did for them.

He was simply such a good man who will deeply missed and never forgotten.

One of Joe’s favorite quotes stated by Booker T. Washington is: “I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others."

The family will receive friends and relatives in the Parish of St. Barbara, 28 Memorial Street, Exeter on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 from 9:30 AM to 11 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM. All are welcome. CDC guidelines must be followed including wearing a face covering and maintaining social distancing. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In honor of his father’s service to the Korean War, memorial donations may be made in Joe’s name to the West Pittston American Legion in care of Ron Faust, 205 Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston, PA 18643-2333.

Arrangements are entrusted to Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston, PA.

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Dec 17, 2020

Debbie, Alyssa and Rachel, my heart breaks for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Joe worked for me at Kraft. He was a good worker and an even better person. We had many fun times and great memories. I can still see him telling a story, holding back his own laughter, and bringing us to near tears ... of laughter. Know that he loved you with all his heart. May he be at peace. I am so sorry for your loss.

Dale Brobst


Dec 14, 2020

Dear Debbie, Alyssa, Rachel,

My prayers and sympathy are with all. So very sorry for your loss.

Elaine Bell


Dec 14, 2020

Dear Debbie, Alyssa and Rachel,

My prayers and sympathy are with all. So sorry for your loss.

Elaine Bell


Dec 13, 2020

I have not seen Joe in a number of years but I remember him as being such a nice person. Always very friendly and warm. Rest In Peace my friend. God bless you and your family


Dec 13, 2020

Debbie, Alyssa and Rachel, so sorry to hear this. Prayers of strength for you. ❤️

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