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Leo R. Debien Sr.


Massena: Leo R. Debien Sr., 83 of E. Hatfield St. passed away on Jan. 30, 2014 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT. Friends and family may be received on Tuesday from 4-7 pm at Phillips Memorial Home in Massena. A Mass of Resurrection will be held on Feb. 5, 2014 at 12:00 pm at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Donald J. Manfred presiding. Interment will be held in the spring in Calvary Cemetery with full Military Honors. Leo was born on July 10, 1930 in Lockport, NY the son of George Sr. and Lillian (Pichey) Debien. He is survived by his wife Ethel of 63 years, sons, Leo Jr. and Patricia, Gerald and Kim, James and Robin, and daughter Melody and Thomas St. Pier all of Massena. He was predeceased by a son Daryl in 1983 and grandson Leo III in 1989. He is also survived by two sisters Dorothy Grady of Norfolk and Rosemarie and Ronald Bombard also of Norfolk, brother in-law Charles Snickles of Saratoga Springs, NY, grandchildren, Tracy, James, Corey, Cassandra and Allie, great grandchildren Krya, Jake, Nick, Maranda, Owen, Gabrielle. He was also predeceased by brothers, Mark, Bernard, Paul and George Jr. Leo enlisted in the US Army in March of 1951 serving in Korea at the rank of Staff Sergeant C. Battery 256 AAA Battalion 47th Infantry. He returned home in December of 1952 and continued serving in the Army Reserves until March of 1957 at which time he was honorable discharged. Leo married Ethel J. Rogers on August 4, 1951 at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Michael Jereski officiating. He worked on the construction of the Seaway Power Project. He also delivered fuel oil for two local companies before returning to Alcoa where he was a member of the 25 year club, retiring in 1992 due to health reasons. He remained at home under the loving care of his wife and family until his death. He enjoyed woodworking, spending time at hunting camp and watching the New York Yankees. He was a member of the VFW Post #1143. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Catholic Endowment Fund, Massena Rescue Squad or Massena Volunteer Fire Department. Those wishing to express condolences and share memories may do so at

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