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Leo Gemma

Leo Gemma Jr.

Saturday, August 6th, 1927 - Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
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We bid farewell to our father and friend, Leo Gemma, Jr. who passed away September 24, 2019. Leo was born in Youngstown, OH on August 6, 1927 to Italian immigrant parents, Leo and Victoria Gemma, and had four other siblings, Charles, James, William, and Mary Lou. He served two years in the Navy and then attended Hiram College in Ohio. Subsequently, he moved to Colorado and attended the University of Denver for law school, then married Mary Anne Bowen in 1961. Leo and Mary Anne have five children and were married for 51 years when Mary Anne passed away in 2012. Leo practiced law for 50 years throughout the Denver area and retired at the age of 80 years old. Upon retirement and following the death of Mary Anne, he moved to Center, Colorado, where he continued to live independently, enjoying the company of neighbors, old friends, and his dogs. Leo maintained his mental clarity until death and spent his last years writing stories, painting, thrift shopping, cooking, and entertaining guests. He could always be counted on for friendship, counsel and finding the funny things in life. He is survived by his children, Anthony, Diane, Christopher, Victoria and Leo III, as well as 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild, in addition to a large extended family. Leo prioritized not material things, but cherished living deliberately and freely according to his own terms. He was satisfied seeing a sky full of stars, being surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo mountains, and having the soft ears of his dogs to pet at the end of each day. He will be forever loved and missed.

At Leo’s request, cremation was selected and a Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday September 30, 2019 at the Holy Name Parish located at 3290 West Milan Avenue in Sheraton, Colorado. A committal service with Military Honors will follow in the Fort Logan National Cemetery at 2:30 pm. Guests attending the burial are asked to gather at the cemetery in staging area B around 2:15 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the family, with a designation to be named at a later time. Please send contributions in care of the funeral home office. To express condolences to the family or for the mailing address, please visit www.rogersfunerals.com

Rogers Family Mortuary in Monte Vista is in care of the arrangements.
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Service Details

  • Funeral Service Outside of Mass

    Monday, September 30th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Monday, September 30th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Holy Name Parish
    Address
    3290 West Milan Avenue
    Sheridan, Colorado
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    Officiant
    Deacon Don Schaefer
  • Interment

    Monday, September 30th, 2019 | 2:30pm
    When
    Monday, September 30th, 2019 2:30pm
    Location
    Fort Logan National Cemetery
    Address
    4400 W. Kenyon Ave
    Denver, Colorado 80236
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Guests attending the committal service are asked to gather around 2:15 at Cemetery staging area B

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Chrissy (Gemma) and Mark Goodrick

Posted at 02:18pm
To all our beloved cousins, we will miss your Dad in this world. He left it a better place and the memories of him and all of you will stay with us forever. May you all have peace in his passing, all our love to all of you! Chrissy, Mark, Jake and Erica
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Hank Coll

Posted at 03:34pm
To the Family of Leo: None of your have ever met me or know me but I met your father In Glenwood Springs where I lived
and just getting out of the Service Leo and his parents would come every summer to Glenwood and stay at the Denver Hotel.
We developed a long relationship which took us into our careers his legal and mine was banking. We had many notable times to gather but for some reason we just parted ways after he defended my son who was accused of assualt on his live girl friend .
He did all he could to get a better verdict but the jury wouldn't have it. At any rate I am very sorry to hear Leo has left us and I sure I could have done more to hold our relationship = May God Bless all of you and I now how proud you myst be of being part of Leo's life,

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