Wednesday, April 4, 2018
2:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Turowski Life Story Funeral Homes
Livonia, West of Middlebelt
30200 Five Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154
Thursday, April 5, 2018
10:00 AM EDT
St Priscilla Catholic Church
Livonia, MI 48152
Life Story / Obituary
A hardworking, humble, and kindhearted visionary, Francesco Ledda, Jr. was an extraordinary man to know and love. He loved being outdoors more than anything else, and he gave everything his all. It was no secret that Francesco was blessed to share more than 56 years with the love of his life, and together they experienced so many of the best things that life has to offer. With a deep love for his family at his core, he was more than willing to do whatever he could to help his loved ones in ways both great and small. Life will never be the same without Francesco here, but he leaves behind a priceless collection of memories that his loved ones will forever hold near and dear to their hearts.
The period between WWI and WWII was a time of great turmoil throughout Italy and Europe in general. There was the rise of Fascism and the dictatorial regime of Benito Mussolini, which ultimately led to Italy’s participation in WWII. It was during this very unstable time that Francesco and Giacomina Ledda were able to shift their focus to an exciting time in their own lives as they were pleased to announce the birth of the baby boy they named Francesco Jr. on September 2, 1929. Born in Sassari, Italy, he was the oldest of nine children as he was raised in Sassari alongside his younger siblings, Bruno, Mario, Giulio, Silvana, Laura, Germana, Liliana, and Gino. To support their family, Francesco’s parents were both farmers, instilling within Francesco a strong work ethic and a love for the outdoors that would follow him for the rest of his life. As a young man he developed a love for working outside whether he was gardening, harvesting, or just doing anything that allowed him to be outside. As he got older, Francesco enjoyed the nightlife, frequently spending time with his friends going to the movies, bars, and other fun hotspots that were typical for young people of this generation. He attended local schools and then began working.
New and exciting changes were in store for Francesco when he married the love of his life, Antonina. They exchanged their vows in Bantine, Italy, with the entire village in attendance Their wedding was one filled with traditions. For instance, they walked through the village after they were pronounced husband and wife, and friends and family threw rice in celebration. Antonina and Francesco also followed the tradition of many before them and broke a plate as a token of good luck. Their wedding day marked a new chapter in a love story that spanned over 56 years. Together Francesco and Antonina welcomed five children including Jackie, John, Anna, Frank, and Eric into their hearts and home. Some of their favorite family memories were made on vacations to Florida, and since Francesco valued spending time with his family more than anything every holiday was spent with his kids. Later on, he savored the holidays with his grandkids, Mariah, Olivia, JonPaul, Andrew, and Juliette as well. Throughout his marriage, Francesco had several dogs that were like additional members of his family that were deeply loved.
Throughout his life Francesco was one to keep busy. He loved creating traditions for his family including making wine and homemade sausage every year, a tradition he passed on to the younger generations. Another favorite tradition with family and friends was immediately greeting them with a shot of alcohol to honor their presence. Before taking it, he would say, “Cin cin,” and the guests would respond with, “Salute!”
With unending devotion to his family and friends, Francesco Ledda, Jr. was a blessing to everyone he met. He was very optimistic and could always find the silver lining in every situation, which was such an inspiration to all who were near. Francesco believed that anything is possible, and he fully supported others in the pursuit of their dreams. Deeply loved, he will be forever missed.
Francesco Ledda, Jr. died on April 1, 2018. Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 at Neely-Turowski Funeral Home, 30200 Five Mile Road (Between Middlebelt and Merriman). A rosary will be prayed 7 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Thursday, April 5 at St. Priscilla Catholic Church, 19120 Purlingbrook Street, Livonia, Michigan. Francesco will lie instate 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Entombment in Glen Eden Lutheran Memorial Park. To share a favorite memory and/or photo of Francesco, and to sign his online guestbook, please visit www.turowskifuneralhome.com.