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Emanuel "Chris" Leonessa

October 12, 1950 ~ August 25, 2017 (age 66)

    Emanuel Leonessa, fondly known as "Chris" or "Christopher", 66, of Hazlet, New Jersey, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, August 25, 2017.  Christopher was born on October 12, 1950 in Brooklyn, New York, where he was raised.  On July 22, 1978, he and his wife, Theresa, were married and began their lives together in Hazlet, New Jersey.  Throughout his life, Chris worked as an Electric Designer, most recently for Kraus Industries in Queens, New York, and his wife Theresa, has been an Italian teacher at Raritan High School in Hazlet, New Jersey for many years.

     He was predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Geraldine (Griffo) Leonessa.  Chris is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 39 years, Theresa (Battaglia) Leonessa, his loving son, Raymond Leonessa of Hazlet, his cherished best friend Ralph Cusumano and his wife, Joany, and their children, along with his dear sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, and many adored nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.  Chris will be deeply missed, but never forgotten.
    Arrangements were entrusted to the Shore Point Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 3269 State Highway/Route 35 North, Hazlet, New Jersey 07730.  In respect of Christopher's wishes, he will be privately cremated.  In lieu of flowers, donations in loving memory of Chris to Meridian Hospice, at,  would be greatly appreciated.For information, or to send condolences to the family, please visit,

 Service Information

Private Cremation

Liberty Grove Memorial Gardens Crematory
Morristown Road
Old Bridge, NJ 08857

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