Leonardo "Leo" Italasano passed away May 8, 1998.

He was born November 5, 1899 in Mongiuffi, Sicily to Gaetano and Joanna Italasano. He arrived at Ellis Island on September 5, 1921. Married Mary Mark on October 4, 1925. He made his living as a furnace attendant at the Garfield Smelter and Refining Company and later at Eimco Corporation.Leo had a special love for gardening. When he moved to the residential section at St. Joseph Villa in 1996 he brought along his favorite vegetable and flower plants. He nurtured them until his passing.

Leo will be remembered for his natural creative talent in basket weaving, using his own grape vines. His delicate handwork woven on a homemade wooden frame won him many blue ribbons at the Utah State Fair.

His love for his family and his church was the main focus of his long life.

He is survived by his wife of over 72 years, Mary Mark Italasano; daughters, Josephine (Gene) Deluca, of Salt Lake City; and Angie (Bill) Osborn, of San Diego, California; daughter-in-law, Theo Italasano, of Bountiful; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, John.

A special thanks to the staff, sisters, and priests at St. Joseph Villa and devoted granddaughter, Mary.

"We are sad for having lost him, but grateful for having had him. With all our love, may he rest in peace."

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Villa, 451 East Bishop Federal Lane. A vigil service will be held Sunday at 6 p.m. at Neil O'Donnell and Sons Mortuary, 372 East 100 South, where friends may call from 5-6 p.m. Committal, Redwood Memorial Estates, 6500 South Redwood Road.

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