Leon Joseph Rocheleau

June 14, 1925December 31, 2020

Leon Joseph Rocheleau, 95, of Colchester, peacefully went Home to be with Our Lord on Thursday, December 31, 2020. He was the widower of Georgette “Claire” (LeBeau) Rocheleau, with whom he spent 62 loving years of marriage and resided in East Hartfod, CT for many years of their happy marriage. Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on June 14, 1925, he was the son of the late Alfred and Bertha (Mailloux) Rocheleau. Before the age of eighteen, Leon enlisted himself into the United States Navy during the Second World War. After serving his country with honor, he worked in research and development of experimental technologies for Pratt and Whitney until his retirement. Leon enjoyed taking long walks, spending time with his family and watching football. He spent a great deal of time fixing up his apartments as he loved to stay busy. Leon is survived by his three daughters, Donna M. MacDonald and her husband Stephen of Colchester, Robin J. DeLong and her husband William of Raleigh, NC and Michelle Haydasz and her husband Richard of Glastonbury; ten special grandchildren, Kara Shemo of Wethersfield, Krystal Briggs of Vernon, Kendra Trombino and her husband Aldo of Gales Ferry, Erika Haydasz of Nashville, TN, Chelsea Haydasz of Boston, MA, Christine Wheeler and her husband Nick of Massachusetts, Danielle DeLong of Massachusetts, William DeLong, Jr. of Raleigh, NC, Keith Rocheleau of Manchester and Loni Rocheleau of Coventry; many adored great-grandchildren, Brandon Rocheleau of East Hartford and Landon and Ryder Shemo of Wethersfield, Mason and Asher Briggs of Vernon and Caden and Kinsley Trombino of Gales Ferry as well as several nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Besides his wife, Leon was predeceased by a son, Mark R. Rocheleau. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday (January 7th) at St. Christopher Church, 538 Brewer Street, East Hartford. Everyone was asked to please meet directly at the church. Burial with military honors will follow at Silver Lane Cemetery, East Hartford. There are no calling hours. Funeral services have been entrusted to The D’Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, January 7, 2021

  • Burial with military honors

    Thursday, January 7, 2021


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Mary Ingalls

January 10, 2021

To the family of Leon....I am so sorry to hear of Leon's passing...May he and Claire be reunited again in heaven. I was a former neighbor and they were the sweetest and funniest couple...always sharing a laugh and a smile. They will both be remembered fondly.

Jeannie Morin Picano

January 6, 2021

Donna, Robin and Michelle,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. He was such a sweet, kind man. I have so many fond memories of your Mom and Dad and being at your house when we were kids. May you find comfort knowing he is now reunited with your Mom and Mark ♥️ Love and prayers to you all 🙏♥️

Marcy Gionfriddo

January 6, 2021

Donna, Robin and Michelle, I am so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. He was such a kind man and I have many memories of being at your house when we were kids. He would always snow blow my sidewalk after a snowstorm and sit outside during the warmer months and wave everytime I went by. I miss him being my neighbor. Sending you all hugs and prayers.