OBITUARY

Leonard "Lenny" C. Aniello

April 27, 1952August 24, 2021
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Leonard “Lenny” Charles Aniello, 69, of Hartford, beloved husband for 35 years of the late Tracey Jacobsen-Aniello, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Hartford Hospital. Born in Hartford on April 27, 1952, he was the son of the late John G. and Cleo (Madere) Aniello. Lenny grew up in Hartford and was a 1970 graduate of Weaver High School and a 1973 graduate of Yale University. He was a successful entrepreneur and owner of Aniello Associates for over 30 years. He enjoyed golfing with his sons and friends, as well as his buddy Ken, and taking cruises with his family. He was a “Trekkie” and an avid reader of Scientific American, Smithsonian and Issac Asimov. Lenny was entertained weekly by the antics of his younger grandchildren, Rob, Nick and Sarah and never outgrew his love of toys. A devoted father and grandfather, Lenny will be forever missed by his three children, Josephine C. Aberle and husband Jeffrey, William Jacobsen and wife Barbara and Peter Jacobsen and wife Susana and his seven adored grandchildren who brought him so much joy, Rob, Nick and Sarah Aberle, Kalia and Adam Jacobsen and Jessica and Samantha Jacobsen. He is also survived by two brothers, John F. Aniello and wife Laura and Christopher Aniello and wife Jane; two nieces, Marianne Farretta and Nancy Vinick-Pond and one nephew, Jesse Vinick. In addition to his wife and parents, Lenny was predeceased by his son, Robert M. Aniello. “Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry”-Mark Twain The family will receive relatives and friends on Monday (August 30) from 4-6 p.m. at the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield. The family has requested that all attendees please wear masks. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Donations in Lenny’s memory may be made to the ACLU of Connecticut, 765 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105 or online at https://action.aclu.org/give/ct-tribute-gift-donation. To share a memory of Lenny with his family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.

Services

  • Public Visitation

    Monday, August 30, 2021

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Antoinette Ruzzier

August 30, 2021

So sad to hear of Lenny's passing. He was a dear classmate at Bulkeley High. Will always remember our 4 person AP French class in Senior year. May he rest in peace. Sincere condolences to all of his family.

Carly & Chris Sullivan

August 29, 2021

Lenny was stubborn and silly, and one of the smartest people we’d ever known. He was a dear friend of our family for 30 years. Friday nights in the 90’s weren’t complete without a game of Assasin, Got-the-Fox or Risk, or even a group outing to laser tag or whirley ball. I regret that we’d lost touch these past few years, but he will forever hold a place in our hearts. We love you and miss you Len.

Daniel Brady

August 29, 2021

Our deepest, heartfelt condolences to Lenny's family. He was a cherished classmate and member of the Bulkeley High School class of 1970 yearbook staff. We're glad we got to see and reminisce with him at our recent virtual class reunion.
The Bulkeley Class of 1970 reunion committee.

Darcy and Greg Laitinen

August 29, 2021

Lenny was a good friend and mentor! Working with Lenny was an experience that is lasting me my life time. He was the very best teacher anyone could ever ask for. We stayed in touch for many years after I no longer worked for him.
I still talk about going out on the Lady Katherine from docks in Hartford, drifting down the CT River while Chris and his band played great music, we all danced and partied late into the night on a weekday no less.... What a wonderful time we had.
I remember John Sr. telling us we better get that software written and get it out to those customers or nobody was getting paid!!!!

Will always miss you, with tons of affection Darcy

Norman Brody

August 27, 2021

I learned so much from Lenny as kid. We had adjoining Hartford Times paper routes, and he taught me how to manage the finances. Learning to play guitar, he helped me understand music, sharps and flats, by teaching me the piano keyboard. It was with Lenny and older brother John on the drums that I first made music with other players. Years later, we hooked up for coffee and I remember him crossing the parking with that distinctive gait that he had as kid. Going to the drive in theatre was a regular activity with his dad in the big Cadillac with brother Chris to see Lawrence of Arabia and movies at the time. My condolences to John, Chris and the rest of the clan.

Ben Gworek

August 26, 2021

Lenny was a man overflowing with personality who left a lasting impression on everyone he met. He was intelligent, witty, and more complex than most. I'm so glad to have had the pleasure to spend Christmas mornings with him and am grateful for the joy he brought my mother.

I extend my sincerest condolences to all of Lenny's loved ones and send all my love in the hopes that they may find peace in this difficult time.

Peter Jacobsen

August 26, 2021

My fondest memories relate to Christmas Eves. I would come to town in a greyhound bus the day before, sometimes the day of and we would go pick out the Christmas tree Right off of New Britain Ave. Thanks for waiting for me Will J, and Joey.

Nancy Gworek

August 26, 2021

Some of the happiest moments of my life were spent with Lenny. He made me laugh and, sometimes, cry. We loved to sing together, mostly old show tunes. I learned so much from Lenny who was an inordinately intelligent man. I could write a book of memories. Instead I would like to express my immense sadness at his passing and send my sincere condolences and love
to the Aniello, Aberle and Jacobsen families. I loved Lenny and I always will.

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