OBITUARY

Billie Leone

May 28, 1931December 15, 2020

Long-time Santa Monica resident, Billie (Sonne) Leone passed away at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on December 15, 2020. She was 89 years old. Mrs. Leone was preceded in death by her husband, World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, Baron Michele Leone, who died in 1988 as a result of a tragic automobile accident near his home, while walking to the beach.

Billie was a beloved wife to Baron Leone. After Baron Leone retired from professional wrestling, they enjoyed traveling to Europe, but they especially loved going to the beach. If it was not Santa Monica beach, it would be to the beaches of Mexico where the Leones had a beach house. She was an excellent cook and Billie and Baron enjoyed having afternoon cocktails at their terrace overlooking the Santa Monica Bay.

Billie was a kind and very generous person. In 2009, Billie donated one hundred thousand dollars to The Santa Monica Historical Society Museum, to honor Baron Leone with a permanent exhibit featuring the highlights of his career in and outside the wrestling arena. At the time Billie stated: “my husband moved to Santa Monica in 1949 and that began his lifelong love affair with Santa Monica.” Billie and Baron loved everything about the city, from the people, to its many scenic attractions like the pier, but they especially loved the sun, the beach and the ocean. They were very active and physically fit, and they would go to the beach every day when they were not out of town.

Billie leaves behind one nephew Giovanni Trombetta of Northridge California, seven nieces and nephews in Italy, Anna, Claudia, Maria, Antonio, Carmelo, Cesidio and Gianfranco, a nephew, Bratt Chase, niece, Allie and their mother Joanne in Wyoming, and members of the Sonne family in Northern California and Denmark.

She will be greatly missed by her nephews and nieces, her friends Chris Restak, Kathleen Burke, Charlotte and Armand De Maio, Carol Lanier and Susan Stumperf.

Billie’s ashes will be interred with her husband Baron Leone at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica. A memorial for Billie will be held at a later time.

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Giovanni Trombetta

December 28, 2020

Long-time Santa Monica resident, Billie (Sonne) Leone passed away at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on December 15, 2020. She was 89 years old. Mrs. Leone was preceded in death by her husband, World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, Baron Michele Leone, who died in 1988 as a result of a tragic automobile accident near his home, while walking to the beach.
Billie was a beloved wife to Baron Leone. After Baron Leone retired from professional wrestling, they enjoyed traveling to Europe, but they especially loved going to the beach. If it was not Santa Monica beach, it would be to the beaches of Mexico where the Leones had a beach house. She was an excellent cook and
Billie and Baron enjoyed having afternoon cocktails at their terrace overlooking the Santa Monica Bay. Billie was a kind and very generous person. In 2009, Billie donated one hundred thousand dollars to The Santa Monica Historical Society Museum, to honor Baron Leone with a permanent exhibit featuring the highlights of his career in and outside the wrestling arena. At the time Billie stated: “my husband moved to Santa Monica in 1949 and that began his lifelong love affair with Santa Monica.” Billie and Baron loved everything about the city, from the people, to its many scenic attractions like the pier, but they especially loved the sun, the beach and the ocean. They were very active and physically fit, and they would go to the beach every day when they were not out of town. Billie leaves behind one nephew Giovanni Trombetta of Northridge California seven nieces and nephews in Italy, Anna, Claudia, Maria, Antonio, Carmelo, Cesidio and Gianfranco, a nephew, Bratt Chase, niece, Allie and their mother Joanne in Wyoming, and members of the Sonne family in Northern California and Denmark. She will be greatly missed by her nephews and nieces, her friends Chris Restak, Kathleen Burke, Charlotte and Armand De Maio, Carol Lanier and Susan Stumperf. Billie’s ashes will be interred with her husband.

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