Leonardo Valentini - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Leonardo Valentini

March 18, 1938 - July 6, 2022

Leonardo Valentini, age 84, of Bear, DE, died peacefully, on Wednesday, July 6, 2022.

Born in Mola di Bari, Italy, on March 18, 1938, he was a son of the late Giorgio and Pasqua (Rago) Valentini.

Leonardo worked as a longshoreman in New York, retiring after over 30 years. He was a “Jack of all Trades” and could fix anything. Leonardo enjoyed the time he spent tending to his vegetable garden. He loved to play practical jokes and to be teased in return. Leonardo was fun-loving, loved telling stories and had a great sense of humor.

In addition to his parents, Leonardo was preceded in death by his brothers-in-law, Stefano Boccuzzi and Domenico Coppertino. He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Angela (Deperte) Valentini; loving children, George Valentini (Colleen) and Tina Diomede (Gaetano); grandchildren, Christina Valentini, Amanda Valentini, Isabella Valentini, Giovanni Diomede, Leonardo Diomede, and Veronica Diomede; siblings, Colomba Boccuzzi, Margherita Coppertino, Nicola Valentini (Angela), Anna Marinelli (Domenico), and Giuseppe Valentini (Lilliana); and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 pm until 4 pm and from 7 pm until 9 pm on Sunday, July 10, 2022, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 am on Monday, July 11, 2022, at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, 2431 Frazer Road, Newark, DE. Entombment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

Live stream of the 11:30 am EST Mass: Any friends or family who are unable to attend the services for Lenny may live stream the Mass by clicking here .





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18 Condolences for Leonardo Valentini

  • We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.

  • Our hearts are truly broken with the loss of this great respectful honorable man Through the marriage of our brother to his sister Anna our relationship has grown with many memorable occasions in our lives Rest In Peace Caro Compare you have earned your Angel wings please guide and protect us from above ! Till we meet again !

  • I met Lenny at Lena Feb 2020 at a house warming/welcome to the neighborhood. I instantly felt connected to both Lenny and Lena who reminded me of my old school/old world parents, upbringing and love. What a wonderful man, full of life, stories and family. He loved his family and loved showing pictures of his children, grand children and of course his garden. Plus he was in great shape, tanned and excellent dresser. You couldn’t help but be drawn to him. I’m going to miss him. But one positive is he will meet with his creator who will definitely put him to work on his vegetable garden. Lena Im so sorry for your loss and I hope these few lines of memory bring you a smile and some solace. Sincerely David and Paula

  • Dear Lina, Tina, Giorgio and families, our deepest condolences for your recent loss. We had visited your mom and dad last April in Florida. It was such a happy reunion after so many years. Nardo will always be fondly remembered for his wonderful outgoing personality. It was an honor knowing him and being related to him. May he rest in eternal piece. Mariella & Sebastiano Colella

  • I so happy for the times I got to spend with lenny, he taught me much
    How to be a better gardener and by example how to enjoy one’s family and friends
    He was a kind and nice person who would help anyone with advice or produce or knowledge from countless real life experiences few of us can imagine
    For Lenny the fantastic string beans over one foot long will live on and when we see them we will think of the you and the great times together and the knowledge you imparted to us

    I miss you my friend

    Everyday gets better the healing will occur however with such a large loss it is never easy. Our best wishes to Lena and the rest of his loving family

    Sadly we are in canada hiking and will not be able to be present for the viewing, but are there in spirit

  • We are in shock, and our hearts are broken over Lenny’s Passing, Winters are not going to be the same anymore 🙁
    Our sincere condolences to the Family.
    May your Soul Rest In Peace until we meet again!

  • Words can not describe the sorrow we feel about the loss of this fun, loving man we have come to know and love from his warm friendship with our parents which quickly spilled over to all of us and our children. We are grateful for the memories of visits with Lenny and Lina in both Delaware and Cape Coral. He will be greatly missed by all. Cape Coral will never be the same without him and his bright smile. Rest in sweet peace Lenny. Until we meet again in the gardens of Paradise….. Gianna, Roseann, Lisa, Peter and families

  • Our deepest sympathy to Lina & the entire Valentini family. We are so sorry to hear about Leonardo’s passing.

  • Siamo addolorati per la triste notizia e vi porgiamo
    le nostre condoglianze .

  • Dear George and Valentini family
    Our deepest sympathy on the death of your dear dad Leonardo
    Lily Whelan and family(Ireland)

  • My deepest condolences to the entire Valentini family. 🙏

  • Angela and family. We are so sorry for your loss. Lenny was the kindest and friendliest neighbor and friend anyone could have. He was always willing to help anyone with anything that was needed. We always looked forward to talking with him and he will be so missed in our neighborhood. Everyone who knew him knew what a special and kind man he was. The gardens in heaven will well tended to.
    Maria and Rick Sommer

  • Please accept our deepest, heartfelt condolences to the whole family. We know he was a large part of your life and will be dearly missed. Love, Brian, Val and Shannon Swift.

  • I cannot describe how sincerely heartbroken we are by hearing the news. You are an amazing man Lenny and our family felt so privileged to be your neighbors/family. Lena we love you and are praying for you and ask for God’s peace and comfort our hearts are breaking for you. Dominic loved you like a grandfather Mr. Lenny and Sarah and I loved you as a second father. You have known and been there through all of our families stages from marriage to the birth of our son Dominic. We are going to miss sitting on the driveway hearing the Italian music and just talking. You both mean more than I can put into words. You taught us so much about family, and what it truly means to be good to one another. You were an incredible person Lenny who could fix just about anything you helped me cut trees, plant new ones and give me advice on all kinds of things. Dominic was very upset when we told him the news. I told him you one of God’s special angels that will be looking over us all from heaven. God bless you Lenny I promise to always keep you alive in our memories. Thank you for everything we love you and are going to miss you dearly. Until we meet again Mr. Lenny❤️ Rest In Peace.


  • Words can not explain how sorry we are to hear of Lenny’s passing. Though we only became neighbors last winter, we felt we knew you much longer and spoke often of your return in the fall. Joe especially will miss your gardening advice, taking up a seat in the driveway to chat in the late afternoon sunshine and the card games! Our condolences go out to Lena and family. Lenny will be greatly missed.

  • Vi accompagnamo nel vostro dolore, Leonardo fu un uomo speciale e sempre rimarrá nel nostro cuore! Che Iddio vi dia pace e serenitá, conforto in questo momento e che la sua anima riposi in santa pace 🙏🏼

  • Dear George, Colleen and family,
    We were very sorry to hear of Leonardo passing, our sincere condolences to you and all your family.
    Gerry, Sharon, Brigid and Maura Hyland (Ireland)