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John "Mickey" Michael Lehnow

August 25, 1948March 19, 2021
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John “Mickey” Michael Lehnow, 72, of Southington, passed away on Friday, March 19, 2021 at the Summit of Plantsville. John was born August 25, 1948 in New Britain, CT, a son of the late Henry Herman Lehnow and Ernestine Hannah (Connolly). John was lovingly known to everyone as “Terrible John” even in the best of moods. He always had a friendly and kind disposition for anyone he met. He had a soft spot in his heart for children, and loved to make them smile. He was a faithful and devout Catholic, serving as the sexton of St. Dominic’s Church for 50 years. His duties were endless, from cleaning up after services to making his famous donuts that could be smelled from around the block and his special blend of coffee every Sunday after services. His love for all animals would extend from tropical fish and dogs to becoming the “cat whisperer” to the most unwelcoming kind. He had a strong work ethic and leaves behind very large shoes to fill. He had a love for photography, crocheting, extreme couponing, golf, and bowling. His gentle giant spirit and generosity to all will be dearly missed. John leaves behind to cherish his memory; his step-daughter Sherri Post of Chicago IL, sister Shirley D’Agostino and her husband Paul of Plantsville, sister-in-law Laurie (Smith) Lehnow of Florida, niece and nephews, Jennifer, Justin, Jason, Christopher, Andrew, Alex and Matthew, several great nieces and nephews, dear friend Sharon Ayotte, and many others he has befriended throughout his lifetime. In addition to his parents, John is predeceased by his brothers Glenn and William Lehnow. Calling hours will be Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 8:30-10:30 AM at DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington, CT. 06489. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow immediately at St. Dominic’s Church, 1050 Flanders Rd. Southington. Service will be web-streamed and can viewed remotely at https://www.facebook.com/SaintDominicSouthington/live/ Burial will conclude services in St. Thomas Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John’s memory to St. Dominic’s Church, 1050 Flanders Rd. Southington, CT 06489. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.dellavecchiasouthington.com

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    Saturday, March 27, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, March 27, 2021

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John Formeister jr.

April 2, 2021

Sherry, I’m so sorry for your loss. Johnny Formeister

Jane Ranagan

March 26, 2021

Mr. John demonstrated to me, my family, and most of us who knew him, the definition of devotion, kindness, humility, humor and hard work! He had the kindest soul that I will always emulate. Rest In Peace Mr John, you deserve it!
St Dominic Family is always in our prayers.
The Ranagan Family

Thomas Verchinski

March 26, 2021

John always brought a smile to my face. He was the most terrible good person I ever knew. Gracious was a word that embodied his personality. He was a gentle soul that will be truly missed.

Jackie Bouchard

March 25, 2021

To my friend John Lehnow
We spent over 25 years together working at St. Dominic Church. I cherish the memories and the
friendship we shared. I can only imagine how thrilled Father Geraghty was to welcome you to Heaven. You will be truly missed at St. Dominic Church. And I will
miss all of the "donut rejects" you saved for me every weekend!
Yummy! Rest in peace dear friend. You will be missed by all.
Jackie Bouchard, Organist (1978-2003)

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Jane Cove

March 25, 2021

John, you would be proud of all the pictures your family have shared here for all to view, very touching and brought many smiles. So sorry that you will not be at church now but in a better place joining all those that went to join the Lord before you. It is a blessing to have know you for my 17 years at Saint Dominic's. May you R.I.P. John. See you some day!

Joanne Skurat

March 22, 2021

I met John in 1981, my son was in Nursery School at St. Dominics. Such a kind, gentle soul. Knowing my son was ill, John always asked how he was doing. My answer was always “He is doing well John and how are you? “ I always got the John answer “Terrible” and would smile at him. He would just smile back. I knew it made him happy just to make people smile.
John, I will not say goodbye, I will say I will see you again one day. Rest easily John, in Gods precious arms. Please give my son a hug from me.

Joanne Skurat

Heidi coughlin

March 22, 2021

Terrible John you will be sorely missed. Your kindness and sense of humor touched us all.

Eric Symolon

March 22, 2021

I got to know John when I went to the 11:30 mass. I would stay after mass and we would talk. He would talk often of how proud he was of his daughter and of her accomplishments.
John told me what everyone at St. Dominics would do for him and it brought a smile to his face. He loves St. Dominics.
He would pack up some doughnuts for my parents. When we would leave he would make sure my truck started and I was ok.
John explained why he said "terrible" to me once. I hope I don’t misquote him because it has been a while since he told me but he said it was to make people laugh. He does have a great sense of humor because I would be praying after mass and the church lights would go off and I would hear him giggling in the back.
He told me that his dog Minnie loves playing with Fr. May’s Dog Maxie so you know the three of them are together now.
Thank you for your friendship John. You are such a blessing.

My family misses you and loves you very much John. God Bless you.

Prudence Doty

March 21, 2021

I suspect when John returned home to Paradise and God greeted him by asking how he felt, John’s response was, ‘Terrible...but I am happy to be home.’

Your gentle nature and true love of the church and her people will not soon be forgotten....I cherish all the memories and many years of friendship my family and I shared with you. Rest easy my friend and know that you are loved.

Andrea Carrozzo

March 21, 2021

I knew John for 14 years while working as a Pre K teacher at St. Dominic School in Southington. John was such a kind, gentle soul who always made me laugh when everything I would ask him always had the same answer- Terrible. Years later after leaving St. Dominic's, I would run into John in various stores and he always remembered my name and of course always greeted me with his famous word- "terrible". You couldn't not love John. I will always remember him. Rest in peace John. Ann

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