Doris Rita Leo of Chelmsford

1928 - 2020


January 30, 2020
3 to 7pm
Dolan Funeral Home


January 31, 2020
9:00 am
St. John the Evangelist Church


Doris Rita Leo of Chelmsford died Monday afternoon, January 27, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was married to the late Leonard Rocco Leo Jr. who died July 17, 2001.

Born in N. Chelmsford on June 2, 1928 the daughter of the late Eugenio and Anna Marie (Stabile) Fantozzi, she attended Chelmsford School System.  She retired from Silicon Transistor Company.

Dear Rita was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend.  She loved life fully and enjoyed time with her friends and family cooking together, sharing a meal, and laughter around her table.  She was a free spirit who loved flowers, puzzles, playing cards, and bingo.  The magic of Rita was that she formed special relationships with all she met.  She will be dearly missed.

She traveled to France, Greece, the Philippines, Texas, California, and Kansas with her husband during his service in the Air Force, before returning to their home in Chelmsford. They wintered in St. Petersburg, FL.

She was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in N. Chelmsford, and served on their Hospitality Committee, and a member of the Chelmsford Elks Lodge 2310.

She is survived by 2 brothers, James Fantozzi of Summerfield, FL., and Michael Fantozzi of N. Chelmsford; her son, Leonard R. Leo III and his wife,  Mary Anna Leo of Littleton, MA, daughters Estelle and her husband Perrin Dake of Boulder, Colorado, Donna Leo of Yountville, CA and Lisa Leo of Pacific Grove, CA.  She is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Kerri and Kristen Leo; Graham, Veronica and Juliette Dake; Tatiana and Tyler Myer; Xena and Zoe Mansfield; Alexandra and Isabella Rohrer; and Angela and Thomas Chebuske.  She also had six great grandchildren: Kegan Colsia, Jadon Surette, Koda and Emery Desrosiers, and Corbin Dake.

She was the sister of the late John, Frederick, and Nicholas Fantozzi, the late Lena Cummings, Ann Bonura, and Rose DePalma, her best friend and sister.

The family would like to express their gratitude to D’Youville Senior Care Center for their kindness and dedication.



LEO, Doris Rita Leo of Chelmsford died Jan. 27, 2020. Visiting Hours will be Thurs. from 3 to 7 p.m. Funeral Fri. at 8am from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST., CHELMSFORD with a funeral Mass at 9am at St. John the Evangelist Church in N. Chelmsford. Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Chelmsford. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at

7 Condolences for Doris Rita Leo of Chelmsford

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    Jane Sockey


    My deepest condolences for your loss. Rita was an active member of our Hospitality Ministry at St. John’s. Her generous service to the parish through hospitality was a blessing to us all. I will miss her beautiful smile and calming voice. Rest in peace, Rita.

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    Susan pender


    I had the pleasure to know Rita, she was beautiful inside and out, my condolences to her family, Donna sending hugs and prayers, sue Pender

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    Lisa Armstrong


    Deepest condolences to the entire family. Aunt Rita was a shining star and will be sorely missed! I’m confident that my grandmother is welcoming her to heaven with open arms!

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    Angela Coutoumas


    During the 7 years that I lived with my grandparents, I had the pleasure of seeing Aunt Rita almost everyday. She and her sister Rose would sit in the kitchen or on the porch with their tea and chat for hours. Their laughter was contagious. Their love for each other and their families was heartwarming. Their stories about the old days were not to be missed. I think it was during one of those chats that I heard the acronym PIA for the first time–though I will never tell who said it or who they were talking about. I’m sure the “partners in crime” as they called themselves have reunited in Heaven. The tea cups are full, the cards have been shuffled and laughter is filling the air. Rest in Peace Aunt Rita. You will be missed.

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    Barbara Renison


    Rita was the most cheerful and happy person I had met. Her family and friends were were so important to her…..everyone enjoyed her company.

    Estelle, I am not able to attend any of the services but will hold your mom in my prayers and the rest of of your family. I am sure that Diana will be there greeting her with open arms!

    Love and prayers to all the family.
    Barbara Renison

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    russell and april Dupuis


    I’m sorry to here that Rita had passed.I’ve worked with and for len and rita over the years.Again i so sorry to here this.

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    Aileen Casey McGurk


    My dad said he just found out about your mom’s passing. I am very sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful person and I have very fond memories of her.
    You are in my prayers.

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