Celebration of the life of
I on Alfred Abonsanto, r.
July 2, 1919 March 24, 1995
Friday, arch 31, 1995
itiwing 8:30 9:30 am
Service 9:30 am
lisky Moradian Church
Offidant: Pastor W. frderick
Organist: ro. Tyron plans
V ei cn^ tc megnt at Brookman Cemtery
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Floria Bolling, Louis Felix, Beverly and Agnes Monsanto
Lawrence, Valdemar, Leon Alfred, Leon Alfredo,
Gilbert, Keith and Marvin Monsanto
Adolph and Halva Van Heyningen
Mildred Jensen, Rosa Samuel
Roy and Felix Sewer
Milton, Liston and Adolph Jr. Jensen
Elsie, Emelda Monsanto and Janice VanHeyningen
Jean Donovan Petersen and Alphonse Lambert
Leon Alfred Monsanto, Leon Alfredo Monsanto,
Valdemar Monsanto, Glen Felix, James Parris, Alphonse Lambert
Keith Monsanto, Marvin Monsanto, Gilbert Monsanto,
Halva Von Heyningen, Adolph VanHeyningen, Roy Sewer, Felix Sewer,
Albun Sylvester, Dante Mena, Unaldo Thomas, John Elesow
Itona Mred Monsanto, Sr.
Leon Alfred Monsanto Sr. was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 2,
1919 to the late Lionel Monsanto and Agnes Sewer of St. John. At the age
of four he traveled to St. Thomas and lived at Commandant Gade with
his mother. A few years later he relocated to St. John and attended the
Benjamin Franklin School and completed his education through the
His first marriage produced five children. On November 12, 1958, he
was united in marriage to Beulah George. This union produced six
children and lasted 36 years until his passing.
He was employed with the U.S. Navy as a telephone installer for 17
years and transferred to the Virgin Islands Telephone Company when it
was turned over to the V.I. Government, and later IT'. He retired from
Vitelco on August 1, 1985 after 35 years of service, at which time his
position was Senior Warehouseman.
His hobbies were swimming, cooking and socializing with his friends.
Leon Monsanto, affectionately known as "Pops" was a loving husband,
father and grandfather. '
He was a man of very
few words, who ac- F
cepted us as we were
and encouraged us to *
become all that we
wanted to be. May the
good Lord grant Pops
everlasting peace and ..
help us to accept the
things that we cannot
change, the courage to ,
change the things we
can, and the wisdom to
know the difference.
Order of eruoke
PRELUDE ...................... Charlotte Amalie High School Band
OPENING SENTENCES ............................... pp 87-88
HYMN #209 ....................... ....... ...... And Can It Be
EULOGY .............................. .......Pastor R. Prince
PRAYERS .............................. ............... pp 88-89
SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm 121 ...................... Ilka Brown
SELECTION: Nearer My God To Thee .......... Grandson Asim Felix
SCRIPTURE READING: Rev. 7:0-17 ................ Naomi Monsanto
SELECTION ....................... Charlotte Amalie Male Quartet
HYMN #142 .......................... The Lord's My Shepherd
MESSAGE ........................... ...... Pastor W. Frederick
PRAYERS .................... .......................... pp 89-92
HYMN ..................................... How Great Thou Art
BENEDICTION .................................... ...... p92
Miss Me But Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the road,
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room,
Why cry for a soul set free.
Miss me a little but not too long,
And not with your head bowed low,
Remember the love we once shared,
Miss me but let me go.
For this journey we all must take
And each must go alone
It's all a part of the Master's plan
A step on the road home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart,
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds
Miss me but let me go.
Your loving wife, Beulah
L oving M asculine
E energetic O outstanding
O original N ucleus (of the family)
N oteworthy S agacious
P positive N oble
O pen Minded T houghtful
P patient O servant
Your loving daughter, Beverly "Bev" Monsanto
Pops... God be with you in your new home.
Boy Blue and family
Pops... The time has come for you to depart this world where material
things are of no more consequence. You are now in the bosom of the one
that loves you best. Rest in peace.
Glen, Lois, Nailah and Jamila
In a garden of memories white teardrops fall like dew,
There's a rose that blooms forever in memory of you.
The love you gave us for many years will never from us part,
Though you have gone beyond our reach,
You will never leave our heart.
Mildred Jensen and family
Pops .. Affectionate, loving, caring. We will always remember you
kindness and concern for the family. And as you would ask, "How is the
Red One" or "He for me." We love you Pops, the strife is over and the
battle is won. Sleep on Pops, rest in peace.
Halwv and family
Reflecting on the earlier years growing up on St. John, Leon and I grew
up more as brothers than my being his youngest uncle.
I loved always, and will continue to cherish the many fond memories
of us donkey and horseback riding, as well as the unmentionable boyish
mischief we would occasionally get into. We fully enjoyed our "growing
up" years, and even though he later moved to St. Thomas and I went off
to college, we continued to stay in touch, always with mutual respect and
family loyalty, as we recollected and shared many laughs.
Leon was not only a devout nephew, but a faithful husband and father
who worked steadily to maintain close family ties, which he no doubt
learned while growing up in the security of a large, loving close-knit
family of aunts and uncles matriarched by his late grandmother,
Constancia Daniel Sewer.
During his lingering illness, Leon prepared with his God for leaving
behind the supportive family he loved so well, and we are assured that he
made his peace. May he rest in peace.
Every sister deserves a special brother like Leon was to me. A big
brother, confidant, advisor and in all senses a true friend. A person who
seldom complained, even when there was reason to; Leon was a very
caring and concerned brother.
During my school years, I always looked forward to my small but
stuffed packages every August from Leon. They contained all my school
needs for the reopening of school in September. He was never asked or
reminded to send these supplies, but I could have depended on him.
We shared the same mother whom we loved dearly and Mama, as we
affectionately called her, could depend on him to look after her before
and during her illness. Needless to say, he looked for little in return, as he
willingly gave of himself to others. A kind, compassionate, caring, loving
and concerned brother is how best I can describe Leon.
Your sister, Rosa
H e was a great man, he gave all that he had
E choing in my head he was a super granddad
R ating of him was high, not low
O h grandpa, why did you have to go?
Grandson Asim Felix
You were here with us just a few days ago,
Very sick in bed and dying very slow.
Everything was fine for a while,
The days going calm and steady.
That's why my heart still can't believe
That you're gone already.
Why did God have to take you away?
I wasn't ready to say good bye.
Families have to be close together.
I don't want anyone to die.
Instead of taking the good people away,
Why not just take the bad.
You were serving a good purpose down on earth,
Especially being a loved granddad.
At least you won't have to be in bed anymore,
Feeling all that pain and sorrow.
Now you are in a world of peace and harmony,
Where you can look forward to tomorrow.
Granddaughter Nanyamka Felix
Grandpapa ... You were all I could ask for in a grandfather and more.
You gave so much and asked so little in return. Now that you are gone,
you have left an empty space in my life that only time could heal. My
love for you will never die. Rest in peace.
Your Grandson Rashawn
You are not forgotten, loved one, nor will you ever be as long as life
and memories last, I will remember thee.
Your niece, Olivine Jensen
Pops ... Words cannot express the warm welcoming you game me
when I first met you back in 1973 when I became very close friends with
your daughter Beverly. You were one of the strongest persons I have
ever known. You have touched the lives of everyone you came in contact
with in a positive way. After seeing you during your last days, I came to
realize that you were departing from us slowly. We will miss you but I
know you will awake to a better life. You will be gone but not forgotten.
We love you dearly, but Jesus loves you best.
Agnes DeVlugt a/k/a Tuty, St. Croix
Pops... Thanks for being that loving, warm and giving person I came
to know and love. The time was to too short, but I found you to be such a
great person in heart, body and soul. I'll miss you dearly.
To my Co-Worker... You were truly an inspiration to me over the past
years we have worked together. You taught me the many things it took
to be a warehouse person. You will be greatly missed. Rest in peace.
I was saddened to hear to the death of Mr. Leon Monsanto, Sr. During
the many years that I cared for him as a patient, we became very good
friends. Our time together was not only a Doctor-Patient relationship, it
was really one of exchanging thoughts and developing mutual admira-
tion. I was able to understand the strong feelings that Leon had for his
family, his country, the islands and its people that he loved. He demon-
strated a stoic approach to his problems and tolerated the inconveniences
of his illness. A man of such great sensitivity will surely be missed by his
family but I am sure that the many memories of the good times will
prevail over the sadness of his loss.
Mrs. Schneider joins with me in extending our deepest condolences to
all the members of his family and a prayer to sustain you throughout
these difficult days.
Roy L. Schneider
Governor of the Virgin Islands
To the family of Mr. Leon Monsanto Sr.... On behalf of the employees
of the Virgin Islands Telephone Corporation, I extend our most heartfelt
sympathies at the death of our former co-worker and friend, Mr. Leon
For 35 years, Mr. Monsanto was an exemplary employee at Vitelco.
Throughout his tenure, he was repeatedly commended for not only the
quality of his work, but also for his generosity of spirit to the Virgin
islands community. Mr. Monsanto made a lasting impression on all he
worked with, and will be remembered by the Blue Striper family as a
hard working individual who always strived to make Viteko the best it
We know that words do little to ease the pain you must be feeling at
the loss of one so dear, but we hope that you find comfort in knowing
that we care, and that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time
David L. Sharp
President and Chief Executive Oficer
Virgin Islands Telephone Corporation
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