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Leonardo Joe Liparoto

January 09 , 1957 - December 19 , 2022

Leonardo Joe Liparoto

January 09 , 1957 - December 19 , 2022


Monday, December 26, 2022

6:00 ~ 8:00 PM and

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

1:00 ~ 8:00 PM

Michigan Memorial Funeral Home


Wednesday, December 28, 2022

11:00 AM

Michigan Memorial Funeral Home Chapel



Liparoto, Leonardo, J., age 65, of Belleville, December 19, 2022. Beloved husband to Julie Liparoto, married in Italy on May 18, 2018. Loving and proud father to Jeniece Ballerini, Jessica (Mitch Mahlum) Liparoto, Jolyn Liparoto, and Joseph Liparoto. He is survived by his siblings Lena (Dominic) Zanger, Grazia (Stefano) Biundo, Filippo (Giovanna) Liparoto, Vito (Tamara) Liparoto, Rita (Salvatore) Polizzi, and his sister-in-law Maria Liparoto. He is reunited in heaven with his parents Stefano and Vincenza Liparoto, and his siblings Frank Liparoto and Maria (Vito) Cuccia.

“Joe” was the co-owner of Leonardo’s Italian Grille in Romulus, MI for 39 years and thought of his employees as family. He loved to golf and travel. He enjoyed beautiful vacations to Europe, Alaska, Mexico and South Africa. He was a member of the Belleville Yacht Club and loved the lake life. He could often be found entertaining friends and family with a Crown Royal Manhattan nearby. He will be remembered for his kind heart, positive attitude and generosity. His cremation will take place at “The Witness Crematory” located inside of Michigan Memorial Funeral Home. 

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Julie Liparoto. The family will be donating to the 7th floor at the U of M oncology unit in Joe’s honor.


  • Dear Julie, Our heartful sympathy in your loss of Joe. Hold his memories close to your heart. We are thinking of you. Fondly, Terry & Debbie Wahl Debbie Wahl
  • Our sincere condolences to all on the loss of Joe. He was such a joy to speak with any time we saw him. Always outgoing and a real pleasure to be around. He will definitely be missed. Michael King & Mary Jane O’Neill
  • So sorry to hear of his passing. As a former Romulus Councilman and Planning Commission member, I can vividly recall when Joe & Vito came for approval of the first Leonardo's on Ecorse Rd. Joe was always so pleasant to speak with, and always had a handshake in friendship. Just so sad to lose such a wonderful & kind man. He will be dearly missed in our community. My sincere condolences to the family. Barry Baumann
  • My sincere condolences to Julie and all of Joe’s family. He was always smiling and making everyone around him feeling happy with his laughter and entertaining at the Belleville Lake House! Rest in Peace❤️ Sherry Grammatico
  • Joe was a very kind, handsome man with a good soul who could always be counted on for solid advice and wide perspective. Although its devastating to lose Joe for now, we know we'll see him again and enjoy everlasting life. Joe was brave in his battle and will always have our complete respect. JAMES MURRAY
  • Truly devastated by this news of such a great friend and man. Loved all our times together bowling, golfing, at the restaurant and numerous other times. Joe was always friendly with a smile on his face and truly dedicated to his friends and family. He will be sorely missed and our condolences to all his family! Craig Gleason and Pat Ruppel
  • What a tremendous person and host. For many years he hosted the management team of Northwest and later Delta Airlines with grace and style. He will be terribly missed as the weekly gathering at "Leo's" was always looked forward to. Clint Smith

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