BUFFONE, Leo J., 96, of Steubenville, passed away at his home on Friday morning, March 16, 2012.
He was the son of the late Vincenzo and Josepina Tosti Buffone.
In addition to his parents, Leo was preceded in death by two brothers, Mac and Joseph Buffone and three sisters, Anna Clause, Marie Greco, and Amelia (Mae) Tripodi.
He was born on July 4, 1915, in Steubenville.
Leo is survived by his wife of 75 and a half years, Virginia Bournos Buffone.
He is also survived by four children: Anna Marie (Douglas) Sadler of Weirton, Steve (Cathy) Buffone of Las Vegas, Leo (Llelia) Buffone and Louise (Ed) Lloyd, both of Steubenville; two brothers, Romeo Buffone of Steubenville, and Harry (Pat) Buffone of Jacksonville; 14 grandchildren: Blaine, Mark, Doug, and Greg Sadler, and Shelly (Sadler) Greenlief; Steven and Brian Buffone, Kim (Buffone) Darren, and Stephanie (Buffone) Garni, Leo and Luke Buffone, and Keith Leasure, Eric Lloyd, and Kate (Lloyd) Eskridge; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great- granddaughter.
Leo was a United States Army World War II veteran. He served the city of Steubenville as a bricklayer for 26 years and retired in 1982. Leo was an active member of Triumph of the Cross Church (former Holy Name Cathedral) and was an usher for 50 years.
Leo played football for Holy Name High School and graduated in 1935. Beginning in the 1950s, Leo volunteered as a physical education teacher in the parochial schools in Steubenville and was also a football coach for Holy Name School.
He was a member of the Chain Gang at the Catholic Central football games for 25 years and was inducted into the Catholic Central Football Hall of Fame. The Catholic Central practice field was named in his honor: "Leo Buffone Field." In the '80s Leo was instrumental in organizing the Kiwanis Soccer League and coached several championship teams.
Leo was awarded the J.J. Macedonia Visionary Award at the Heart Ball in 2002 for his work with the youth of the area over the years. Leo was recognized for his work in constructing the Veterans Memorial Park on Pleasant Heights in Steubenville and was acknowledged many times for his contributions to the community of Steubenville.
Calling hours are Sunday from 1-6 p.m. at Mosti Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, 4435 Sunset Blvd. Steubenville 43952.
A Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated, 12:30 p.m. Monday at Holy Name Cathedral, Steubenville. Burial will be in Union Cemetery.
There will be a vigil service 5:45 p.m. Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Leo Buffone Field, Catholic Central High School Boosters: 320 Westview Ave. Steubenville, Ohio 43952 or The Cornerstone of Hope: 5905 Brecksville Rd. Independence, Ohio 44131
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