Leo R. Kaliszewski, 78, of Avon Lake, passed away Saturday, August 17, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born May 12, 1935 in Lorain, to the late Leo and Norma Kaliszewski Field (nee Goldsmith).
Leo was a graduate of Clearview High School in Lorain. He was part owner of Con-Sun Foods for 21 years, before his retirement in April, 1999. Leo began a long career in the grocery business working as a clerk in the Produce Dept. at Fisher Foods in Lorain. He later became Produce Manager at Sparkle Market in Avon Lake, before returning to Fisher Foods, which later became Fazio’s. He served as Assistant Manager and Store Manager at several of their supermarkets, District Supervisor, and General Manager of Store Operations throughout his career with Fisher Foods/Fazio’s.
A true outdoors man and animal lover, Leo was a strong advocate for saving the deer in Avon Lake. He enjoyed playing golf, country music, watching Westerns and reading about local history. He lived by the creed “A Man’s Wealth Is His Family” and treasured annual family vacations to Myrtle Beach and attending his grandkids’ sporting events.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 55 years, Loretta “Ginger” (nee Mitroff); children, Donald (Amanda) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Monica White (Eric Kanoski) of Powell, Ohio and Susan Asadorian (Kevan) of Olmsted Falls; grandchildren, Ashley, Kara, Nick, Danny, Adam, Oisin, Bret and Brennan; sisters, Georgene Kochan (the late Jakub) of Greenville, South Carolina and Norma Jean Dombroski (Kenneth) of Strongsville; many nieces, nephews and friends; and his loving, faithful dog, Boo.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Marjorie Ilcisko (John); and brother, Thomas (Mary Ann).
Friends may call Friday, August 23, 2013 at the Busch Funeral Home, 163 Avon-Belden Rd., Avon Lake, from 4 to 7 P.M. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, August 24, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 32929 Lake Rd., Avon Lake at 10 A.M. (please meet at the church).
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Friendship Animal Protective League, 8303 Murray Ridge Rd, Elyria 44035; Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44110; or to www.caringbridge.org/visit/leokaliszewski
The family wishes to express their thanks to the Doctors and staff of the Cleveland Clinic and Hospice of the Western Reserve for the outstanding care Leo received as a patient.