D'Esopo Funeral Chapel

277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT


Leo F. Kirchner

December 18, 1932February 3, 2020

Leo F. Kirchner, 87, of Wethersfield, beloved husband for 48 years of Mary Ann (Pisciotta) Kirchner, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Monday, February 3, 2020. Born in Hartford on December 18, 1932, he was the son of the late Robert and Rosina (Chenette) Kirchner. Leo earned an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and worked as a system analyst for Fenn Manufacturing and Carling Switch, Inc. He was an involved member of the Swedish Club, German Club and Portuguese Club and was an avid fan of the UConn Women’s Basketball team, as well as the Hartford Wolf Pack and the former Hartford Whalers. He provided services to numerous organizations, including the Wethersfield Food Bank, Incarnation Church and the former SPALD (Special Needs for Adults and Learning Disabled Individuals). Leo enjoyed gardening, playing volleyball and spending time at the beach, but more than anything, he enjoyed spending time with his neighbors on Cloverdale Circle. The family would like to thank all of them for their loving support in these last few months. Leo was always willing to support his friends and family with anything they needed. A loving husband, father and grandfather, Leo will be forever missed by his devoted wife Mary Ann; his daughters, Laura Kirchner of Wethersfield and Gina Cozean and husband Frank of Haddam and his three adored grandsons who brought him so much joy, Maxwell, Benjamin and Jack Cozean. He is also survived by his nephew, Kenny Kirchner and wife Nancy and his niece, Carol Anthony and husband Allen. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Kirchner. Special thanks to all the staff at Middlesex Hospital, Keep Me Home LLC and VITAS hospice care for the outstanding care and support they provided to Leo and his family these last few months. The family would also like to especially thank his loving, devoted caregiver Amatus for the tremendous care he provided. Calling hours will be Monday (February 10) from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Incarnation, 544 Prospect St., Wethersfield. In lieu of flowers, donations in Leo’s memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. To share a memory of Leo with his family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.


  • Public Visitation Monday, February 10, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, February 10, 2020


Leo F. Kirchner

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Cathy England

February 13, 2020

Mary Ann, Laura, and Gina and family,
I am so very sorry to hear about Leo's passing.
I have so many fond memories of our family gatherings while growing up and later on, the fun visits at the cottage.
It's comforting knowing Leo is now at peace with no more suffering.
I'm sure he is joking with Bob and Dad and they all will be rooting for the UCONN ladies basketball team.
Much love and hugs,
Cathy and Troy
Ryan, Katie, Lily and Bridger

John Cacchiotti

February 10, 2020

My condolences to the Kirchner family. I grew up in the same neighborhood with Leo. My brother Mike coached Leo's baseball team. I kept in touch with Leo over the years and he became my hockey buddy at the Wolf Pack games. The last contact I had with him was before this past Christmas when I dropped off 3 hockey jerseys for his 3 grand kids.

I'm presently in rehab so I'm sorry for my absence.
May my friend Leo, rest in peace,
Your Friend, John Cacchiotti

Kenneth Kirchner

February 9, 2020

Dear Kirchner Family,
We're very saddened to hear of Leo's passing. We enjoyed talking with him about his gardening, UCONN woman's basketball, Stafford speedway racing and telling cat tales. We're thankful to Leo for his financial guidance and income tax preparation since Ken was sixteen. We will forever love and miss Uncle Leo. God Bless him.

Ken and Nancy Kirchner

Joseph Giantonio

February 9, 2020

Mary Ann, Gina, and Laura, I was saddened to hear of Leo's passing. We are so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Leo as we grew up, and playing volleyball with him later in life.
Please except our sincere condolences.
The Giantonio Family

Lorraine Wrobel/Flynn

February 9, 2020

My sympathy and prayers for Leo’s family. I was a co-worker of Leo’s at Carling in Plainville so many years ago. I was Lorraine Wrobel at that time. I remember Leo as such a nice and well liked man.
So sorry to hear of his passing. May he Rest In Peace.
With respect,

Owen Wilson

February 8, 2020

So sorry to hear of your loss. Leo was a customer and a mentor for me for many years while I was at Farmstead Telephone and Leo at caroling switch. He was a sincere pleasure to know.
Owen Wilson

Jennifer Pawlich

February 8, 2020

To Leo’s family,
I was involved with the spald group many years ago. I enjoyed going to Wolfpack games with Leo . I will remember him as a kind and generous man. My sympathies go out to all of you. May he Rest In Peace.

Karen Kowalczyk

February 7, 2020

I worked with Leo at Carling and he was just a great man to be around. Always a smile, and always willing to help. People like Leo are a treasure, and he will be missed. RIP Leo...

Barbara Murphy-Gilbert

February 7, 2020

I first met Leo at an adult volleyball league in Rocky Hill around 1990. He was one of the oldest players, but also one of the nicest, most friendly players. Several years later I met up with him at his cousin Denise Sweeney’s home. Denise is my next door neighbor and a dear friend. I won’t ever forget how encouraging Leo was. He was a natural mentor. My sincere condolences go out to Leo’s family and friends. Rest In Peace.

Kathy Davino

February 6, 2020

I had the privilege of working with Leo for many years at Carling. He was smart, dedicated and a mentor to me and many others. He was also our go to guy when planning any kind of a practical joke!! So many memories of the early years at Carling involve Leo.