Leonard  Kurisko

Obituary of Leonard R. Kurisko

Leonard ‘Lenny’ Raymond Kurisko, cherished husband, father of nine, and beloved friend, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at his home in Nanuet, New York on February 25, 2024. He was 95. 

Leonard was born on March 25, 1928, in Haverstraw, New York, to John and Frances Kurisko. He graduated from Haverstraw high school in 1945. In 1949, Leonard married the love of his life, Doris. Throughout their 58-year marriage, Doris and Leonard worked side by side at the family business, The Country Deli. He was a long-time parishioner at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Nanuet, New York, and a past supporter of the Black and Gold Club at Nanuet High School.  

Leonard was a devoted father to his children: Mary Alice Kurisko, John and Charmaine Kurisko, Robert and Jeanne Kurisko Redmond, Michael Kurisko, Donnell and Patricia Kurisko Hire, Leonard and Marcia Kurisko, Jamie and Kelly Kurisko, Mark and Kara Kurisko, and Bill and Mary Knoll Kurisko.  

Leonard was known for his outgoing personality, his passion for storytelling and his love of dance. He could light up the dance floor with his infectious enthusiasm and joyful spirit, leaving all those around him smiling and laughing. Also remembered for his work ethic, Leonard was a diligent and hardworking man. He found joy in life’s simple pleasures such as enjoying a martini, watching a basketball game, and sharing stories with family and friends. 

Leonard's legacy of love, kindness, and storytelling will live on through his family, friends, and all those fortunate enough to have known him.  

Leonard is predeceased by his wife, Doris, his siblings John ‘Buddy’ Kurisko, Frances ‘Sissy’ Kurisko, and Kenneth Kurisko and his granddaughter, Jenny Kurisko Schultz.  He is survived by his brother, Richard, his nine children, seventeen grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. 


A funeral/celebration of Leonard's life will be held 10:00 AM on March 11th , at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Nanuet, New York. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to United Hospice of Rockland County, New York. 

Leonard will be deeply missed but never forgotten. May he rest in eternal  peace, knowing that his love and memories will live on in the hearts of all who  were blessed to know him.


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