Leonard Thomas “Lee” Werner, passed away on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 surrounded by his loved ones. He is home with His Heavenly Father in accordance with Peter 3:22 “he has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand-with angels.” Len was a man of God, a gentle giant, humble with a genuine kind heart and beautiful soul who although soft spoken loved his family truly and deeply through all the days of his life. Len was able to return home, as was his wish, with hospice to be with family, to celebrate his 55th wedding anniversary on October 30th with the one true love of his life, his self-proclaimed beautiful gal, Marilyn. He was able to speak with each of his siblings as well as enjoy visits with Petricia (Pattycakes), family, friends, caregivers and cats (Onyx & Sweetums). His son, David and wife, Marilyn upon arising were seated at Len’s side listening to Love Me Tender and told him how much they loved him, assured him they would be okay and how much they’d miss him. It was at that moment he decided to join the Lord until they meet again.
Len was predeceased by his parents “Leonard Hugo Werner” and “Anastasia Killion Werner”. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn A. Werner, son, David E. Werner; granddaughter, Cierra Werner, great granddaughter, Aria Werner, siblings Michael (Kathy) Werner, Melanie McCallum, Sharon Thiry, Steven (Suzanne) Werner, Valerie Nichols, Stanley (Michelle) Werner, many nieces and nephews. Daughter in Christ, Petricia Weaver, Pastors Ralph and Lois Stravato- Gospel Light Christian Fellowship.
Len resided in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. He was a member of the National Guard, an Honorary Navy Seal, served as the New England District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America, was a Pastor for the Open Door Church in Orange, MA. Len held several positions as a Substitute Teacher, and was employed by Ocean State Job Lot. He was a member of the local Parkinson’s Support Group. His favorite charities were Toys4Tots and Boys Town.
Len will be remembered for his sense of humor, his smile and blue eyes, his passion as an avid gardener and avid sports fan. Len loved watching Boston Red Sox Baseball, Washington Redskins Football, Soccer, Softball games as well as Boxing matches. He reminisced often about his siblings that he helped raise as the eldest, camping and cross-country trips with Marilyn and David. He loved listening to music especially Elvis, The Beatles, and Christian songs. His favorite show was The Price is Right and looked forward to watching Molly B Polka with Marilyn on Saturday nights. During his last few years, Len was especially grateful for the daily care and support provided to him by his son, David, whom he supported and loved beyond words. David strived to make Len smile and laugh with his antics getting Len out of the house for walks in the neighborhood, or local trail, excursions to the dam to get fresh air and sneaking in an occasional Hershey bar or ice cream during these adventures. Len lived true to his daily routines keeping those around him in check starting each day with daily biblical devotions and communion with his soulmate, Marilyn.
The family is truly grateful and tremendously thankful for the outpouring of love, thoughtfulness and kindness. The family would like to extend heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Ralph Laguardia, Windham Hospital Shae North staff, Douglas Manor staff, caregivers from CCCI, and Hartford Healthcare at Home Hospice.
A memorial service is being planned to celebrate Len’s life at the Gospel Light Christian Fellowship, 29 Main Street, Plainfield, CT. Details yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to offer a donation in Len’s name to Gospel Light Christian Fellowship C/O Stravato, 61 Doghill Rd., Dayville, CT 06241 (860-779-2418).