Originally created 03/09/02

Featured obituary: Leon Cominsky



Leon Cominsky found out early in life things weren't going to be easy.

The youngest of 18 children to Polish immigrants, Mr. Cominsky, grew up on a dairy farm in Carbondale, Pa., during the Great Depression. It was there that he developed the part of his personality that his son, Leon J. Cominsky, loved the most.

"(He) was just a happy-go-lucky guy. He loved to joke," his son said. "I think that was part of his coping skills, because he had so many older brothers and sisters. His lightheartedness was his best quality."

Mr. Cominsky, 73, died Wednesday at Doctors Hospital. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Church. Burial will be in Bellevue Memorial Gardens, Grovetown.

The younger Mr. Cominsky described his father as a hard worker and a man who was deeply emotional.

"He was a man of his word, very straightforward. He treated people with respect, and in turn people respected him," he said. "I could get him to cry at the drop of a hat just by playing music."

Additional survivors include his wife, Felicia Messina Cominsky; two daughters, Leona "Shelley" Minshoe and Sandra C. Hightower; a sister, Mary C. Konosky; five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

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