Ann Leonetti

Obituary of Ann E. Leonetti

Ann Leonetti (née Fitzick), 73, went home to the angels on Thursday, January 7, 2021. Ann was born in Ocean City, NJ on May 14, 1947. A shore girl through-and-through, she loved growing up at the beach and she graduated from Ocean City High School with the class of 1966. In her teens and early twenties, she and her friends loved to cross the bridge to Somers Point to sing and dance along with the bands at the town’s iconic venues. She first laid eyes on the love of her life, Gene, when he was singing with his band Full House at Tony Marts. After a night of music and fun, Ann and Gene both ended up at the Somers Point Diner, where the handsome singer approached Ann and asked if he could buy her breakfast. The rest, as they say, is history. Ann spent much of her adult life in Somers Point, where she raised two remarkable children who both inherited her kindness, sense of humor, and love for animals. Not only did the Leonetti household become a second home for her children’s friends, Ann became a second mom, and she welcomed everyone who walked through the door as if they were her own family. Ann served as the Treasurer for the City of Somers Point until her retirement in 2008, and she maintained friendships with her colleagues at City Hall for the rest of her life. Ann was a consummate “people person.” A unique warmth and positivity radiated from her, and she had a rare gift for authentically connecting with every single person she met. Her energy was healing and uplifting, and you would feel instantly better just being by her side. She would never hesitate to “tell it like it is,” whether you needed advice, a reality check, or just someone to tell you that you were beautiful. Everything she said came from her heart, which was the best possible place. Ann was a friend to all and a true gift to every person she met. She will always be remembered for her kindness, her sense of humor, her infectious laugh, and her beautiful smile that could light even the darkest places. If you spoke with Ann, you gained a friend; if you entered her home, you were welcomed as family. Friends would often say she “held court,” because everyone gravitated toward her like the queen that she was. Ann had an amazingly generous spirit and she loved giving gifts and spending time with her loved ones. She was an exceptionally good crafter and you could find anything you ever needed in her craft room – from giftwrap to art supplies to trinkets. She loved flowers, the moon, animals (especially pugs), and everything else about the natural world. Ann had a musical spirit. Her favorite bands included Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire, and she loved to sing (in another life, she was definitely a Broadway star). In recent years, she had started to write poetry. Her favorite moments were the simple and sweet times that created lasting memories: traveling to Williamsburg, Peddler’s Village, and Disneyworld with her family; cheering on the Eagles and the Phillies; and swimming and laying out by the pool in the summertime, surrounded by the people she loved most in the world. Ann was a warrior. She survived cancer and endured numerous other challenges throughout her life. Her indomitable spirit, positivity, strength, and sense of humor in the face of it all inspired countless people on their own healing journeys. Ann’s greatest legacy is the love she had for her family and friends. She is survived by her best friend and loving husband of 48 years, Gene; her children Suzanne (Todd) and Nicholas (Maria); mother Betty; her grandchildren who were the absolute lights of her life, Preston and Sati; her sisters- and brothers-in-law who were as close to her as her own siblings; along with many adoring cousins, nephews, nieces, furry friends, and friends who all felt like family. Ann was preceded in death by her brother John Fitzick. Ann had a special place in her huge heart for animals as well as for our country’s indigenous peoples. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Funny Farm Rescue & Sanctuary (http://www.funnyfarmrescue.org/), the Navajo Water Project (https://www.navajowaterproject.org/) or the Native American Heritage Association (https://www.naha-inc.org/).
Wednesday
13
January

Visitation at Funeral Home

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
The Godfrey Funeral Home Of Palermo
644 South Shore Road
Palermo, New Jersey, United States

Final Resting Place

Seaside Cemetery Company
559 South Shore Road
Palermo, New Jersey, United States
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