Leo Dyczewski Sr.
Age 89, of Pittsburgh, on Thursday, December 10, 2020, following a brief hospitalization for declining health. He passed peacefully with family members praying and “in attendance” through a video visit necessitated by COVID visitation restrictions. Leo was born to Peter and Mary (Konefal) Dyczewski June 26, 1931 in the midst of the Great Depression. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a young man, and was a graduate of DePaul Institute. There he met the love of his life, Jean Marie McCarthy, who was at his side for 65 faithful years and who survives him. DePaul was also where he met many lifelong friends. He was a man of deep Catholic faith who modeled patience and acceptance of whatever God had planned for him. He especially revered St. Padre Pio and felt blessed to have been able to attend mass led by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome. He was a member of the Deaf community at St. Mary on the Mount Church. One of Leo’s greatest gifts to family was his hallmark sense of humor. He loved to laugh and tease. Nearly everyone he met, especially servers in restaurants, was inevitably introduced to his pet mouse, who lived in his handkerchief and came to life at Leo’s command. In his younger years, Leo was an artist who drew family portraits in pencil and perfected oil painting techniques by watching Bob Ross on TV. His knowledge of film history was encyclopedic and he enjoyed making home movies of friends and family. He was a skilled craftsman and woodworker who shared creations with family. In later years, he mellowed into a relaxed older age, content to work on jigsaw puzzles, follow the Pirates and Steelers, and enjoy his ever-growing family. Leo is the beloved father of Leo Jr. and wife Lori, Debbie Rogers and husband Jim, Dan and wife Jules, Mara Dyczewski and husband Jeff Smith, Walter and girlfriend Lucy Martelli, and Dave and wife Missy. Leo was blessed with many grandchildren including Josh, Jeremy, and Jacob; Donnise and Dennis; Ashley and Brandon; Nathan; Marissa and Jessica; Haley and Austin; and Matt, Brian, and Brooke. His beautiful great grandchildren include Katie Marie, Devin, Sarene; Jeremy Jr, Michael Thomas, and Lexi Jade; Liam, Declan, and Conor; and Kori. Leo was one of 12 siblings of the blended Gardocki-Dyczewski family and has many beloved nieces and nephews. His youngest brother, Anthony, is survived by his wife Donna, his son Michael, and daughter Sarah, who are incredibly loving and supportive of our family. Others that complete his family include Angella Dyczewski, Sarah Ehbrecht, Victoria Kay-Rogers, Adam Baker, Billy Muldowney, and Ryan Brophy. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the viewing will be private and limited to family members. Please meet for the Funeral Mass at St. Mary of the Mount on Friday, 10am. Interment to follow. Mask and social distancing are required. Arrangements entrusted to the Brusco-Falvo Funeral Home, Inc. 214 Virginia Ave., Mt Washington (412-381-2323). www.bruscofalvo.com
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