June 15, 1934 – Feb. 20, 2018
Leonard J. Stevens, of Hamburg, a retired accountant active in his church, died Feb. 20 in Mercy Hospital. He was 83.
Born in Milwaukee, Wis., he served as an Army medic stateside and met his wife of 56 years, the former Mary Catherine Leitten, while he was stationed at what was then Niagara Falls Air Force Base.
After he graduated in 1961 from Marquette University, he began working as an accountant for Arthur Young & Co. He became an audit partner in the Buffalo office and remained with the company after it merged with Ernst & Whinney. A past president of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, he retired in 1991.
Mr. Stevens has been a trustee of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Hamburg since 1997 and was a longtime member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He chaired the Parish Finance Committee for many years and served as a lector, a special minister of the Eucharist and a member of the Pro Life Committee.
He also was a director of the Bishop’s Lay Advisory Council, Kolbe Catholic School, DeGraff Memorial Hospital and the Executive Club of Buffalo.
He received the St. Joseph the Worker Award in 2006 in recognition of his service to SS. Peter and Paul Parish.
He enjoyed fishing trips, Notre Dame football and traveling to Virginia to watch his six grandchildren play sports.
A skilled handyman and woodworker, he built toy boxes and other small furniture items for his grandchildren.
Survivors also include a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Stratton.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Feb. 24 in SS. Peter and Paul Church, 66 E. Main St., Hamburg.