Leon Joseph Stivale

May 24, 1938 - July 15, 2020 Kennett Square, PA | Age 82

Mr. Leon Joseph Stivale, (Lee) of Kennett Square, PA departed this life on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Lee was predeceased by his father (Joseph Stivale), mother (Amelia Stivale, nee Kuszyna) of Jenkintown, PA, and a daughter Susanne (Susie) Stivale. He is survived by his wife, Brenda, two sons, Lee Alan (Cheryl Baarsma) of Chadds Ford, and David George (Kim Craig) of San Diego, California, as well as three grandchildren, Brittany Lee, Avery William and Brayden Christopher. He is also survived by his sister, Doris Diamond, his nephews Craig and Kevin Diamond and their families, as well as numerous friends and relatives, and two fine furry friends; his pets, Shadow the cat, and his “pet” fox, Foxy.

In his younger years, Lee achieved Captains’ rank in the Artillery Division of the US Army, and set an all-time record for Forward Observer. His hobbies over the decades evolved to include building and racing cars at professional race tracks, sailing one of two beautiful sailboats at the Eastern Shore and the Atlantic Ocean, raising and training hunting dogs, and cooking gourmet meals for friends and family. Lee retired in 2005 from a long career in IT, and prior to his retirement, most recently served as Director of IT for Unisys Corporation in Blue Bell, PA.

His career responsibilities, along with a personal desire to see the world allowed him, along with his wife Brenda, to enjoy many years of travel before and after retirement to points around the globe, including Tahiti, Australia and many voyages to New Zealand. After he and Brenda moved to Kennett Square in 2005, they could often be seen at Longwood Gardens strolling the gardens or attending a concert and in later years, Lee enjoyed personally maintaining the lawn and gardens of their home, year round.

A memorial service will held in October of 2020 at Union Hill Cemetery with Military Honors. Arrangements are being handled by Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square. The family requests that donations in honor of Lee be made to St. Jude Hospital for Children, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

Memorial Donations

St. Jude Hospital for Children

501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105


  1. We were totally shocked to find out that Lee was not well. So sorry that his illness took him from us. We especially will miss Lee’s famous Kennett square mushroom soup . Bob will miss conversations with Lee about sailing, military service and sports cars. A good friend, Lee, will truly be missed.

    BARBARA REDLOW | July 28, 2020 at 12:57 PM
  2. Brenda I know this is a heartbreaking loss and Barb and I enjoyed visiting you and Lee so much more than words can say So many precious memories I hope to see you sometime soon so we can reminisce about Lee and Barb I always enjoyed talking to Lee he was a great person to be around!!!You are in my thoughts and prayers ❤️🙏

    Vern | July 22, 2020 at 7:08 PM
  3. Dear Lee: I’m so glad our paths crossed at Giant, and I got to know you a little bit as the months passed. It was a great privilege to play music for you at your 82nd birthday party in May. I’m sorry that I didn’t get to know you a few years earlier. May you rest in peace. David & Max

    David Heinze | July 22, 2020 at 2:40 PM
  4. Lee was a wonderful father and husband to my “big sister,” Brenda. I only met him once in this life, at a wedding for Brenda’s son, David. I will always remember Lee as a kind, generous man who loved to tell fascinating stories. He was a joy to be around. Our warmest thoughts and prayers go out to Brenda and the family. We love you.

    Dave & Carrie Morgan | July 21, 2020 at 12:17 PM
  5. Lee or Leeford as my girls and I affectionately called him was not only my mother’s husband but also a dear friend to me. I will miss our talks, his fabulous cooking, his affection of all things nature, and his presence at the dinner table. Cold corn on the cob, stories of Foxy, world events through his eyes, gardening tips, weather predictions, music and literature recommendations shared will be missed but never forgotten. My girls and I will hold these and many other memories close to our hearts. Curly (Gavriella), Grace, and I will miss our Leeford dearly and are so fortunate to have had him touch our lives.

    Wendy | July 20, 2020 at 8:59 AM
  6. Brenda and family, our lives will be forever changed by the loss of Lee. In the years that I knew him, I found him to be a man of many interests who could converse on a multitude of topics. I had the privilege of helping him as a companion and friend in the last months of his life, and he was unerringly kind and congenial, even during the most trying of times. I will miss him enormously.

    Robert M Jones | July 19, 2020 at 12:50 PM
  7. Brenda
    So sorry for your loss.
    Love and prayers,
    Judy and jeff Phillips

    Judy Phillips | July 17, 2020 at 5:41 PM
  8. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Betsy Hussey | July 17, 2020 at 9:39 AM
  9. Brenda – I’m so very sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. May you be surrounded by love from friends and family.

    Paula Appleton | July 16, 2020 at 7:41 PM

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