Leonard Anzivino

Leonard Anzivino

Saturday, May 11th, 1929 - Saturday, January 4th, 2020
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Leonard Anzivino, long time resident of Bennington, VT, passed away peacefully at his home January 4, 2020.
Born to Antonio and Edith (Mastromarino) on the 11th of May 1929, Len spent his younger years in Brookline, MA graduating from Brookline High School in 1947. After graduation, he lived at home while attending Northeastern University in Boston.
In 1952, Len graduated with a degree in chemical engineering and entered the Navy soon after where he served stateside in Ordnance during the Korean Conflict. While still in the Navy, Leonard was offered a job at the then National Carbon Corporation (Union Carbide) in Bennington as an Engineer. Always handsome in his uniform, he caught the eye of Rita who became his wife of 48 years. Together they raised their two daughters, Gina and Maria in Bennington.
An active and devout communicant of Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales, Len served as an acolyte and lector for many years and also served on the building and grounds committee. He was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council #307 where he was a past Grand Knight.
As an honorable life member of the Bennington Rescue Squad, he served his community after his retirement as both a former President and Vice President. While on the Squad, he made many lifelong friends.
For fun and relaxation, Len enjoyed participating in and following a variety of sports. For many years, he had a standing tee time at the Mt. Anthony Country Club for an early morning Saturday round. He also played for the Union Carbide softball team and of course, was a proud Sox, Patriots and Bruins fan.
Len and Rita and the girls loved going to Cape Cod together and after his retirement, Len and Rita spent many summers there. He was able to spend a week with his family in Dennis with his feet in the sand last August.
As a lover of the outdoors, Len fished and bird hunted and spent many happy hours relaxing at Mt. Tabor camp with his buddies.
Combining his love of science and nature, “Mr. A” found great happiness and satisfaction teaching the children of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales school through the Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences (VINS).
Devoted to his wife, he provided her care at their home for 13 years during her illness. Rita passed away January 20, 2005.
Survivors include his daughter Maria Masnato and her husband Fred of North Barrington, IL and Gina Anzivino and her husband George Williams of Manchester Center, VT. Six grandchildren Kyle, Rachel, David, Kelsey (Leonard), Christina, and Laura; and one great-grandson, Jack. He is also survived by his sister, Rose Pender of Brookline, MA.
The funeral will be held from the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Friday January 10, at 10:30 a.m. with a prayer and then from Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church at 11:00 a.m. where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be offered. The burial will follow in the family lot at Park Lawn Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Thursday January 9 from 4-7 pm.
If friends desire, contributions in memory of Len may be made to The Caron Foundation through the office of Mahar & Son Funeral Home 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201 or online at . Guest book condolences may be made at
Gina and Maria would like to express their gratitude to the staff and caregivers of At Home Senior Care, BAYADA Hospice, the VA Home Based Primary Care program and Bennington Project Independence.
In addition, they’d like to thank the many friends and family for their continued love and support.
We hope when you remember Len you remember him with a smile and a story.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    E. P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home
    628 Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, January 10th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, January 10th, 2020 11:00am
    Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church
    238 W. Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Robert Wiseman, c.s.c.
  • Interment

    Friday, January 10th, 2020 |
    Friday, January 10th, 2020
    Park Lawn Cemetery
    South Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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Mark Zimpfer

Posted at 08:37pm
Dear Maria and Gina,
I worked with Lennie for many years, accepting his EMS patients in the emergency department where I was a physician. Later on he taught my children Four Winds ecology at Sacred Heart School. Lennie was always kind, attentive and enthusiastic. He had a ready smile and many interesting stories. I enjoyed his company very much. I watched him give so much to the Bennington community through his participation in EMS and teaching. He was an inspiring man who I will always remember with happiness and respect.
Mark Zimpfer

Norina Gilarde

Posted at 12:09pm
Dear Maria and Gina,
Please know that all of my family are sending love and prayers to you and yours. Your dad and I spent many hours talking and sharing stories about whether gravy should be called sauce and Yankees versus Red Sox! We worked together at church and when he came to do Four Winds at our school, he would sit in our office and visit and never failed to brighten my day with his humor and his beautiful, loving smile. We are all truly blessed to have known him and had him a part of our lives.
Our love to you all,
Norina Gilarde

Gloria Lauzon

Posted at 04:15pm
Gloria Lauzon
I got to know Len when I was a counter for the church collections each week. He became my mentor and friend. I loved his stories about Brookline, and about Rita and his girls. The stories about their love of the Cape were many. I am sure he has a gang of his friends and loved ones happy again to hear his stories. So sorry for your loss.


Marylou Young

Posted at 05:15pm
Len was a favorite of everyone
at the Benn Rec Center......I loved hanging out poolside with him as he told me the amazing and fun stories of his life.....He loved to speak of his Grandmother who had delivered many babies day and night .." all over Boston."
Len had an adorable smile and laugh.. He was a man of great faith and honor and he helped out many families during his 90 years on Earth...
We all know the Gates of Paradise were held wide open for the entrance this Great man.. .💕..

Chris Devine

Posted at 06:34am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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