Leo Siemion Jr. went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on November 25, 2021. He was born in Flushing, Queens, NY on July 11, 1948. His parents were Leo Siemion & Joan Stager. His childhood home was in Bohemia, NY. Leo attended St. John Nepomucene Grade School and graduated from Connetquot High School in 1967. He joined the Suffolk County Police Department in November 1970. Leo held positions in the Communications Bureau, 5th Precinct, Highway Patrol, Crime Scene, and the Identification Bureau. While a member of the police department he earned an AAS degree in Police Sciences. Leo was married to Theresa West from 1973-1980, the mother of his son. During his time on the police force Leo resided in Medford, NY. He also had a watch repair business, and installed swimming pools. He retired in 1993 from the police department after 22 years of service.
Leo moved to his retirement farm in Summit, NY in July 1993. He spent the next several years finishing his homestead. He met his true love Carol Ann (Gatto) Harris at a Christian retreat in Schroon Lake, NY in 1996. They were married on September 6, 1997 at the homestead. He returned to college in 1998 at SUNY Cobleskill, earning an AAS degree in Computer Support in 2000. He continued on, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Web Design in 2002. Because he was an excellent student, Leo became a member of the National Honor Society. Leo was employed as a Network Specialist at the Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District for several years. He then worked at SUNY Cobleskill as a computer technician at the college bookstore for several years.
Leo had many interests. In the 1990’s he built a 1989 Sebring roadster kit car. He also completely restored a 1939 Plymouth pickup truck. During this time he was an active member of the Schoharie County Antique Auto Club. Leo’s interests on the farmstead (Summit Naturals) included raising honey bees, and he served as the Schoharie County bee mentor for the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Club. He also grew many types of organic garlic which he sold at the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival in Saugerties for numerous years, as well as other garlic festivals. He participated in farmers markets with the help of his wife Carol Ann in Summit, Stamford, Jefferson, and the Schoharie Fresh on-line market of SUNY Cobleskill, selling honey, beeswax candles, garlic, various types of greens, other vegetables, plants, and flowers.
Leo was a hands-on guy, eagerly solving any problem or project that came up. He could build out- buildings, including a chicken coop, repair motor vehicles, do plumbing and electrical work, welding, put on a roof, build a new long driveway, and much more.
Leo was a Christian, being born again in 1990. He served in various capacities at the Cobleskill Calvary Assembly of God for twelve years. He started their video ministry, which included filming, editing, delivering to several TV stations, and training the next person who would take over after he stepped down. He was also a deacon there. At the Summit United Methodist Church, Leo volunteered to do the accounting for all six Methodist churches in the parish. He later attended the Calvary Full Gospel Church in Jefferson, the First Baptist Church of East Worcester, and Calvary Chapel of the Hills in Cobleskill. He considered accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior as being the most important decision of his life.
Leo loved cats and birds. He was a member of the National Bluebird Society, putting up many bluebird houses along Route 20, as well as on his own property. His pet peeves included injustice, and calling good evil and evil good.
Leo leaves his wife Carol Ann, his son Jason (Julie), their daughters Sylvie and Wren, and the following sisters and brothers: Sue Cestaro (Richard), Jim Siemion (Bonnie), Brian Siemion (Barbara), Karen Lund (Carl), Jeanne Siemion, Dave Siemion (Mary), Nancy Gundlach (George), Marilyn Salvi (Patrick), and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2PM on Saturday, December 11, 2021, at Calvary Chapel of the Hills, 137 Legion Drive, Cobleskill with Pastor Eric Austin officiating. There will be no calling hour. Private burial was at Summit Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill.
Calvary Chapel of the Hills
137 Legion Drive, Cobleskill NY 12043