OBITUARY

Leonard Gene Soprano

April 9, 1944April 30, 2018
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A devoted husband, father, son, grandfather, brother and friend Leonard (Len) Gene Soprano lived fully and without regret. He died peacefully on the morning of April 30, 2018. Len began his life in Waltham, Massachusetts on April 9, 1944, the oldest child and only son of Gene and Anita Soprano. A premature baby, he arrived early for the first and only time in his life. In 1961 he and his family moved to the warmth of Ventura County. Shortly after arriving, he enrolled in the first graduating class of Buena High School. Musically talented, charismatic and a born entertainer, Len sang and played guitar as a member of the Shady Grove Singers at Ventura College. As president of the Newman Club, he met and later married the love of his life - Roberta Richards. Together they raised their children in a loving home where they hosted pool parties, birthdays, Easter egg hunts and family reunions. After the tragic accident that claimed Roberta’s life and the lives of two of their children, Valerie and Jonathan, Len continued to welcome his extended family and community of friends into their home.

Throughout his life Len was a very active and generous community member serving as President of Santa Paula Jaycees, S.P. Little League President, AYSO President, Pan American Bus Club President, Assistant AYSO Commissioner, Little League Manager and Coach, Assistant Baseball and Golf Coach at Buena High School and AYSO Head Coach for each of his children. He was also involved in the Santa Paula Tennis Club, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Indian Guides and Indian Maidens. He received the “Citizens Medal of Merit” from the Ventura County Peace Officers Association. As an Allstate Agent for 40 years he was more than a broker, and took a personal interest in his clients who became his friends.

Len lived life to the fullest and his interests were always growing, including performing magic shows at the kids’ schools and birthday parties, and collecting vinyl music and other treasures. He loved vacationing with his family, discovering new destinations, being in nature, hiking, swimming, playing basketball, tennis, golf, and playing guitar and singing to his children, grandkids and friends. Len’s zest for life and generosity were felt by all who knew him. He will be deeply missed.

He is survived by seven living children: Steven Soprano (Liz), Michael Soprano (Lisa), and Rebecca Engel (Paul) of Ventura, CA; Marilyn Mason (Mike) of Sequim, WA; Jeffrey Soprano (Julie) and Suzanne Soprano (Joaquin) of Santa Paula, CA; Elizabeth Harrison (Rob) of Moorpark, CA. Seventeen Grandchildren: Jessica, Stephanie and Richard Soprano; Weston, Allison, Jenna, James, Samuel and Sophia Mason; Sierra and Sedona Engel; William, Benjamin, Valerie, Hunter and Madeline Harrison; Leonardo De Los Santos. Two sisters: Gail Ogle and Karen Craffey (Bill). Five sisters-in-law: Carolyn Tulberg, Claudia Morrison, Eleanor Wendlberger (Bill), Marcela Baxley (Dan) and Theresa Bulla-Richards (Gary). He was preceded in death by his wife of 27 years Roberta Richards Soprano; his children Valerie, Jonathan and Andrew Soprano; parents Gene and Anita Soprano; parents-in-law Clark & Mattie Richards; sister-in-law Cynthia Simmons; and brothers-in-law Ellsworth Tulberg, Bob Morrison and Merle Ogle.

The Soprano family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Buena Vista Hospice, the Lexington, Victoria Care Center, Santa Paula Hospital, St. John’s Medical Center, Community Memorial Hospital and VC Medical Center for the exceptional care Len received.

Funeral Mass will be at 1 p.m. Monday, May 7th at St. Sebastian Church, 235 N 9th Street, Santa Paula followed by interment at Pierce Brothers Cemetery 380 Cemetery Road. Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary.

  • FAMILY

  • Steven Soprano {Liz}, Son
  • Michael Soprano {Lisa}, Son
  • Marilyn Mason {Mike}, Daughter
  • Jeffrey Soprano {Julie}, Son
  • Rebecca Engel {Paul}, Daughter
  • Suzanne Soprano {Joaquin}, Daughter
  • Elizabeth Harrison {Rob}, Daughter
  • Leonard left behind many loving family members, including his 17 Grandchildren, Jessica Soprano, Stephanie Soprano, Richard Soprano, Weston Mason, Allison Mason, Jenna Mason, Sierra Engel, William Harrison, James Mason, Benjamin Harrison, Samuel Mason, Valerie Harrison, Sedona Engel, Sophia Mason, Hunter Harrison, Leonardo De Los Santos and Madeline Harrison.

    His 2 Sisters: Karen Craffey (Bill) and Gail Ogle and his 5 Sister-in-Laws: Carolyn Tulberg, Claudia Morrison, Eleanor Wendlberger (Bill), Marcela Baxley (Dan) and Theresa Bulla-Richards (Gary).


    Leonard was preceded in death by his wife of 27 years Roberta Richards Soprano, his daughter Valerie Soprano, his sons, Andrew Soprano and Jonathan Soprano. His parents: Gene & Anita Soprano, in-Laws Clark and Mattie Richards. Brother in-laws, Ellsworth Tulberg, Bob Morrison and Merle Ogle and his sister in-law, Cynthia Simmons.

Services

  • Funeral Mass Monday, May 7, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, May 7, 2018
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Pat Hansen

May 5, 2018

As a bridesmaid , I so remember their wedding and how excited I was for this special couple. Rest In Peace. Give Roberta a hug for me!❤️

Linda Kelly

May 3, 2018

Mike & Linda (Antolik) Kelly married on August 20, 1966
at San Buenaventura Mission.
The first persons I saw when I entered the church were Len & Roberta with big smiles. Very precious moment that always remained with me. Roberta and I were at St. Catherine's together for 4 years of High School. We also took a few fun classes after we were both married. Mike and I enjoyed this beautiful couple.
God be with all their beautiful family.
Our Love, Mike & Linda Kelly

Rod Rozanski

May 1, 2018

Growing up we spent a lot of time with the Soprano's and Len was such a generous person. He was always very welcoming, had a great sense of humor, and provided an environment that was fun for the kids. The house was warm and friendly and we spent full days swimming, playing tennis, basketball, hide and seek, bocce ball, barbecue, dungeons and dragons, bike riding, etc. We also loved going on waterskiing trips with the family and Len made sure everybody learned how to waterski and happily pulled us all over the lake. He could pull out that guitar and play a song and everybody felt at home. I remember about 15 years ago we were talking and I told him how impressive it was that he could play all of those songs and he said it's no big deal and common on over to the house and I'll teach you how to do it. That was the kind of person he was, generous with his time and always looking to lift you up. He made a great impact on many people and he will be missed!

Tom Rozanski

May 1, 2018


Len Soprano: Heroic act honored with VC Police Officers Assoc. Medal of Merit
April 26, 2000
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Len Soprano probably never thought he would be find himself honored by the Police Officers Association of Ventura County, but chances are he also never figured he would save a police officer from physical harm. Soprano, a popular member of the Santa Paula community and owner of a South Mill Street insurance agency, was awarded a 2000 Medal of Merit - the POAVC’s highest civilian honor denoting an act of heroism beyond the expected taken at great personal risk and requiring extreme tenacity - during the 27th Annual Medal of Valor Awards ceremony. The ceremony was held April 15th at the Marriott in Oxnard.On July 15, 1999, Soprano was working at his office at about 7 p.m. when he heard a disturbance outside: there, SPPD Officer Ken Clark was in the midst of an altercation with a “disturbing party” who charged the officer when he tried to detain him. Although Officer Clark used pepper spray on the suspect the third time he was charged, it only seemed to infuriate the man, described as very large and agitated. The suspect managed to get his hands on Officer Clark’s police radio - which has a wrist strap - and started to attack the officer with it.That’s when Soprano stepped out of his office, saw what was happening and without hesitation rushed to the scene, “coming to the aid of another without regard for his personal safety,” noted Judge Kevin McGee, who oversaw the award ceremony.Soprano stepped between the suspect and the officer stopping the attack until back up police help arrived on scene.The incident was witnessed by Santa Paula resident Arnie Dowdy, who wrote a letter to the editor of the Santa Paula Times detailing Soprano’s brave actions.“I think anyone would have done the same thing under the circumstances,” said Soprano, who noted the “tough job” that law enforcement personnel face on a daily basis. “I didn’t even think about

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Biography

A devoted husband, father, son, grandfather, brother and
friend Leonard (Len) Gene Soprano lived fully and without
regret. He died peacefully on the morning of April 30, 2018.
Len began his life in Waltham, Massachusetts on April 9,
1944, the oldest child and only son of Gene and Anita
Soprano. A premature baby, he arrived early for the first and
only time in his life. In 1961 he and his family moved to the
warmth of Ventura County. Shortly after arriving, he
enrolled in the first graduating class of Buena High School .
Musically talented, charismatic and a born entertainer, Len
sang and played guitar as a member of the Shady Grove
Singers at Ventura College. As president of the Newman
Club, he met and later married the love of his life - Roberta
Richards. Together they raised their children in a loving
home where they hosted pool parties, birthdays, Easter egg
hunts and family reunions. After the tragic accident that
claimed Roberta’s life and the lives of two of their children,
Valerie and Jonathan, Len continued to welcome his
extended family and community of friends into their home.
Throughout his life Len was a very active and generous
community member serving as President of Santa Paula
Jaycees, S.P. Little League President, AYSO President, Pan
American Bus Club President, Assistant AYSO Commissioner,
Little League Manager and Coach, Assistant Baseball and
Golf Coach at Buena High School and AYSO Head Coach for
each of his children. He was also involved in the Santa Paula
Tennis Club, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Indian Guides and
Indian Maidens. He received the “Citizens Medal of Merit”
from the Ventura County Peace Officers Association. As an
Allstate Agent for 40 years he was more than a broker, and
took a personal interest in his clients who became his
friends.
Len lived life to the fullest and his interests were always
growing, including performing magic shows at the kids’
schools and birthday parties, and collecting vinyl music and
other treasures. He loved vacationing with his family,
discovering new destinations, being in nature, hiking ,
swimming, playing basketball, tennis, golf, and playing guitar
and singing to his children, grandkids and friends. Len’s zest
for life and generosity were felt by all who knew him. He will
be deeply missed.
He is survived by seven living children: Steven Soprano (Liz),
Michael Soprano (Lisa), and Rebecca Engel (Paul) of Ventura,
CA; Marilyn Mason (Mike) of Sequim, WA; Jeffrey Soprano
(Julie) and Suzanne Soprano (Joaquin) of Santa Paula, CA;
Elizabeth Harrison (Rob) of Moorpark, CA. Seventeen
Grandchildren: Jessica, Stephanie and Richard Soprano;
Weston, Allison, Jenna, James, Samuel and Sophia Mason;
Sierra and Sedona Engel; William, Benjamin, Valerie, Hunter
and Madeline Harrison; Leonardo De Los Santos. Two
sisters: Gail Ogle and Karen Craffey (Bill). Five sisters-in-law:
Carolyn Tulberg, Claudia Morrison, Eleanor Wendlberger
(Bill), Marcela Baxley (Dan) and Theresa Bulla-Richards
(Gary). He was preceded in death by his wife of 27 years
Roberta Richards Soprano; his children Valerie, Jonathan
and Andrew Soprano; parents Gene and Anita Soprano;
parents-in-law Clark & Mattie Richards; sister-in-law
Cynthia Simmons; and brothers-in-law Ellsworth Tulberg,
Bob Morrison and Merle Ogle.
The Soprano family would like to thank the nurses and staff
at Buena Vista Hospice, the Lexington, Victoria Care Center,
Santa Paula Hospital, St. John’s Medical Center, Community
Memorial Hospital and VC Medical Center for the exceptional
care Len received.
Funeral Mass will be at 1 p.m. Monday, May 7 th at St.
Sebastian Church, 235 N 9th Street, Santa Paula followed by
interment at Pierce Brothers Cemetery 380 Cemetery Road.
Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin-Carroll
Mortuary.