Leonardo S. Tensuan Jr., MD, 87, a longtime resident of Somerset, PA, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 5, 2021 at William Penn Care Center, Jeannette, PA. Leonardo was born on February 8, 1934, in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines to the late Leonardo and Emperatriz Salcedo Tensuan. Known as Narding to his family and as “Kuya” (the Tagalog honorific for eldest brother) to his siblings, Leonardo attended Ateneo de Manila before enrolling in the University of Santo Tomas (UST) for college and for medical school. At UST, Leonardo joined the Glee Club where he met his lifelong love, Almira (Mira) Santos, whom he married in December 1962. With Mira, Leonardo moved to Cleveland, OH, to continue his medical training at Western Reserve (now Case Western) University, specializing in nephrology, and completing his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, Cleveland, OH. After a sojourn back to the Philippines, Leonardo and Mira immigrated to the United States. Leonardo set up his medical practice in internal medicine in Somerset, PA and practiced for many years at Somerset Community Hospital (today UPMC Somerset). Beloved by his patients, Leonardo regularly brought home gifts ranging from hand-crocheted dish towels to fresh venison. His care and compassion for all whom he encountered would suspend temporarily whenever he took part in a mah-jong game, where he would intimidate opponents by being able to read his tiles through touch alone, and was not above rattling other players by intoning “ novela” when he thought they were taking too long to make a move. Leonardo is survived by his sisters, Rosalinda Tensuan of Raleigh, NC and Corazon Tensuan of Pasay City, the Philippines and four children: Miriam (Husband Dick Wolfe) Tensuan of Bloomfield, NJ: Theresa (Husband Quinn Eli) Tensuan-Eli of Ardmore, PA; Kristin (Husband Philip De-Bodene) Tensuan of Seminole, FL; and John (Wife Lisa) Tensuan of Murrysville, PA; seven grandchildren: Alexander Wolfe, Samuel Eli, Almira Tensuan-Eli, Emily De-Bodene, Maxwel De-Bodene, Alana Tensuan, and John "JJ" Tensuan; and many other loving family members in the United States and in the Philippines. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers Salvador Tensuan and Ernesto Tensuan. Private arrangements entrusted to Bash-Nied-Jobe Funeral Home, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont (724-468-8381). Online condolences may be given at www.bashniedjobefuneralhome.com. Donations may be made to the Somerset Community Hospital Foundation, https://www.somersethospital.com/about-us/somerset-hospital-foundation/
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