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Leo F. O'Donnell



Leo F. O’Donnell, age 65, peacefully departed this life at his home in Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, March 23, 2024.

Leo graced this world with his presence on July 13, 1958. He was born to Raymond and Janet O’Donnell in Pontiac, Illinois.

He leaves behind a legacy of love and family survived by his beloved ex-wife, Sharon O’Donnell, whose bond with Leo transcended time and circumstance. Leo is also survived by his adoring daughters, Melissa (JJ) Romero and Amanda (Paul) Kaluzny. Leo took great pride in his role as grandfather to Ryder, Beau, Reese, and Duke Romero, as well as Brice, Hudson, and Theodore Kaluzny.

Leo dedicated himself to safeguarding others as the esteemed head of security, a role he fulfilled with unwavering commitment and diligence.

Beyond his professional duties, Leo was a man of diverse interests and passions. He was an avid sports fanatic who always supported his beloved Bears and Cubs through victories and defeats. Leo found solace and joy in the timeless melodies of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. He was particularly fond of Sinatra‘s iconic rendition of “My Way” a song that resonated deeply with Leo’s philosophy of living life on his own terms. He most recently found joy in cooking and baking. He took pride in sharing his culinary creations with others, and many will remember his infamous chili.

As we bid farewell to Leo, we celebrate a life well lived and memories that will forever be etched in our hearts. Though he may have departed this world, his spirit will continue to guide and inspire those who are fortunate enough to have known him. May he continue to serenade us with the echoes of Sinatra and Martin, reminding us that love and laughter endure beyond the final curtain call.

Cremation rites have been accorded, and Horizon Funeral Care in Mesa, AZ is entrusted with arrangements.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Arizona and in Illinois to honor Leo’s life with dates to be announced.

“And now, the end is near and so I face the final curtain…” - Frank Sinatra

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