Leonard John Pauletti

November 21, 1927June 14, 2014

Leonard John Pauletti was born November 21, 1927 in Eveleth, MN. Leonard was a first generation Italian/American born to immigrants Alberto and Carmela Altobelli Pauletti of Montefalcone, IT. Leonard’s father came to America to work in the iron mines of northern Minnesota. Leonard graduated in 1945 from Gilbert Minnesota High School at 17 years old. In January 1946 at the age of 18, he enlisted in the US Navy. Leonard served in Guam during the aftermath of WWII in the naval shipping and receiving department. In that capacity he met Lillian “Lee” Holm, who worked in Guam in the civil service. In 1947, Leonard was honorably discharged from the Navy and he and Lee moved back to Leonard’s home town of Gilbert, MN. They were later married that same year. In 1948, Leonard enrolled at the Dunwoody Industrial Institute in Minneapolis, earning a two year Technical Degree as a Carpenter. He and Lee moved to Salinas, CA in 1950 to work construction in a “warmer climate”! He moved to Lee’s hometown of Merced in 1951 to work at Cross Lumber and has been a Merced resident since that time. Leonard loved construction and worked as a carpenter for 30 years and a general construction contractor for 20 years in Merced. For three years he worked as a Foreman on the San Luis Dam construction and built many projects in Merced County, including his home. Leonard is a past President and lifetime member of the Italo-American Lodge; lifetime member of Club Mercedes; member of the American Legion (including the drum and bugle corps in the 1950’s); member of Merced Seniors Society and a past member of the Elks Club and the Merced Country Club. Len was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Lillian Holm Pauletti; daughter, Caralinda Allen; infant daughter, Christina Pauletti; brother, Tony Pauletti; infant brother, Michael Pauletti and sister, Marietta Sandstrom. He is survived by daughters, Janeen Pauletti of Merced. Kathleen (Steve) Carlsen of Newton, PA and Marianne (Wayne) Walker of Vacaville, CA; son-in-law, Dan Allen of Camas, WA; sister-in-law, Joyce Pauletti of St. Paul, MN; brother-in-law, James Holm of Atwater, CA; 7 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews in Minnesotta. He is also survived by wife, Penni Langley Pauletti. A visitation will be held at Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home, 1490 B St., Merced, CA on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 4:00pm-7:00pm with Recitation of Rosary to be held at 6:00pm. Funeral services will be held at Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 10:00am with interment to follow at Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Leonard’s name to American Cancer Society, Merced/Mariposa Field Office, 301 W 18th St. Ste. 101, Merced, CA 95340. Arrangements under the direction of Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home, Merced, CA.


  • Visitation Thursday, June 19, 2014
  • Rosary Service Thursday, June 19, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 20, 2014
  • Graveside Service Friday, June 20, 2014

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Stratford Evans Funeral Chapel

June 25, 2014

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

Alice Daugherty

June 21, 2014

my prayers and thoughts are with you girls in the loss of your dad. Your mom and dad were very special friends, hope you remmber me. sincerily ALICE DAUGHERTY

George & Tamara Bertaina

June 20, 2014

Our deepest condolences go to Janeen, Kathleen, Marianne, and your families.
Our prayers and well wishes are with you.

June 20, 2014

So sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.
From Kathy Glusing Morton

Tali Large

June 19, 2014

I have many fond memories of our families visiting when we were younger. Always a good time, Lots of laughter and never often enough. Your dad was always there with his family. Special prayers go out to Janeen and Kathleen. My very deepest sympathies for the loss of your Father.

Dorothy Large

June 19, 2014

A long time friend. A kind man with a fantastic sense of humor.
The first person to call me when my husband died.
My deepest sympathy to his daughters and to all his family.
A lot of people are going to miss him.

Della (Cross) Temple

June 19, 2014

Janeen, Kathleen and Marianne,
You are all in my thoughts and prayers as you mourn the loss of your dad. Love and many blessings to all of you and to your extended families.

pete & carol esquibias

June 19, 2014

our thoughts & prayers are with you janeen & your family !!!

Bev Scheller

June 19, 2014

To my cousins and families, both Bill and I send our deepest sympathies at this difficult time. Bev and Bill Scheller

Annette Pauletti

June 18, 2014

My deepest condolences to my Pauletti cousins and your families. It's such a difficult time to get through. It was always so much fun when Dad, Uncle Len and Aunt Marietta were together. She really kept those two boys in line. It was great to see Uncle Len here when my Dad was ill. It was like having my Dad back for awhile. They both had that twinkle in their eyes. You are all in my thoughts during this sad time.