In Memoriam


In Memory of

Leo E. Tolstyk

March 26, 1929 - February 10, 2016


Leo Emil Tolstyk died Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at Ocean Medical Center, Brick. He was 86.

Born in Jersey City, he resided in Metuchen before settling in the Four Seasons Connunity of Lakewood in 1997.  Prior to retiring, he was an engineer for the Port Authority in NYC for over 30 years.  He was predeceased by his wife Mary Ellen in 1988.

Leo was an electrical engineer in the Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals division of the Engineering Department. He worked on many of our largest and most important projects with diligence and care. He retired in 1991 and lived in the southern part of New Jersey. A very nice guy with a gentle sense of humor. I do not remember ever hearing a harsh word from him about anyone except an occasional politician.

Leo was such a gifted human being, engineer and photographer. A gentle and authentic soul.
I'll never forget his sense of humor and art: He spliced a photo of his head so well on the body of a muscular man. You could not tell the difference. Hopefully, most of you will remember him in this loving way. He is now humoring other souls.

Surviving is his wife of 18 years, Eleanore; a son: Jeffrey Tolstyk of Thailand; a daughter: Sharon Pererra and her husband Randy of Scotsdale, AZ 3 step-children: Marc Resnick of CT, Douglas Resnick of Lawrenceville, and Lisa Escaloni of Keller, TX; and 6 grandchildren: Merlin, Ryan, Daniel, Jack, Max, and Jonah.

A visitation will be held at D'Elia Funeral Home, 1300 Vermont Ave., Lakewood, on Friday from 9:00am - 11:30am. Friends and family are invited to share stories and memories during this time.

Interment will immediately follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. For more information, or to post a tribute online, please visit

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