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In Memory


Dennis Lento




Dennis Lento

1943 - 2016

Dennis Lento, 72, formerly of Kenosha, currently of Bonita Springs, Fla., passed away Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, at his home.

Born in Kenosha on March 2, 1943, he was the son of the late Nello and Stella Lento. He attended local schools, graduating from Mary D. Bradford High School in 1961 as one of its most hailed quarterbacks. He would later go on to play for the Racine Raiders. 

On Dec. 30, 1999, he married Mary Wright, with whom he shared the rest of his life. 

Dennis was the co-owner of Diesi-Lento Ford in Kenosha, and managed several other auto dealerships in the Chicago area. 

Dennis is survived by his loving and caring wife, Mary L. Lento of Bonita Springs, Fla.; his son, Gary N. Lento, of Phoenix, Ariz.; his nephew, Jeff Lippert of Baltimore, Md., and his sister-in-law, Val Oswald of Wauconda, Ill.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa M. Schabel; and his sisters, Carol and Diane. 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 noon at St. Mary Catholic Church, 7300- 39th Avenue. Interment will follow in St. George Cemetery. A visitation for Dennis will be held at the funeral home on Friday, Feb. 19, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. 

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02/17/16 02:35 PM #2    

Angela Saliture (Russo)

our condolences to the Lento Family ;    from Tony and Angela Saliture Russo

02/17/16 02:40 PM #3    

Sandra Graf (Paulick)

My condolence to Dennis's family. 

I have  this picture from Washington Jr. High where I first knew Dennis.  He was always such a nice guy and of course soooooooo cute. So sorry to hear of his passing. 



02/17/16 05:10 PM #4    

Cherie Krohn (Ketchum)

Sorry to hear of Dennis' passing.  I didn't know him very well in school, but he was my neighbor in our early years out of high school so we became better acquainted.  My condolences to his family.


02/17/16 08:28 PM #5    

Marikay Burmeister (Chiappetta)

Many memories of Dennis at Washington Jr., and high school...haven't seen him for many years, but he had a personality you would never forget...rest in peace Dennis....you'll be missed.

02/18/16 08:58 AM #6    

Jerry Hubbard

I met Dennis in seventh grade at Washington Jr High-he was one of the stars of the Blue intramurals basketball team that traveled to the other Jr Highs-I watched from the sidelines as Dennis, Joe Cerney, Bob Copen, Mike Satncato and Pete Groves lead us to winning the division-great athelete! Many condolences to the family.

02/18/16 09:27 AM #7    

James (Jim) Pierce

Seeing the old photo of the Washington Jr. High football team brought back memories of the six years I played football with Dennis at Washington Jr. High and Bradford H.S.  He was a gifted athlete and probably would have excelled in any sport he chose to participate in.  I also remember working with him one summer at American Motors in the Engine Division.  We worked hard, but had some good times as well.  My condolences to his wife and the rest of the Lento family.

02/18/16 03:24 PM #8    

John Sturino

I knew Dennis since we were kids, as our fathers hung out together.  They would take us to games at lakefront stadium.  I recall stopping a high school football game to look for a contact lense that he lost. We were on our hands and knees, and we found it!  That's how valuable he was.

 I was in shock when I read this, had no idea.  My condolences to his family

02/18/16 06:06 PM #9    

Rita Martino (Ginocchio)

Dennis Lento is a name I will always associate with my childhood and all the years up thru highschool
We grew up in the same neighborhood and spent many fun times with him and the rest of us kids playing games well into the might. I recall one winter in about second grade he gave me his gloves while we walked home from Bain School because I had forgotten my mittens. Quite an unsual thing for a young boy to do, I thought, but it made quite an impression on me as I've never forgotten it. Someone with a personality a large as Dennis will never be forgotten and even tho he's gone back Home, his spirit will always remain with all of us who knew him well and called him friend. Rest in the arms of the angels Dennis, we'll catch up with you someday.

02/18/16 08:08 PM #10    

Marla Foth (Moody)

Rest in peace  Dennis.

02/18/16 09:50 PM #11    

Eva Poole (Gilson)

I wasn't a close friend of Dennis, but I sure knew when he was around--kind of an outgoing, fun guy--maybe full of harmless mischief? Sympathy to those closest to him. Eva Poole

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