Leon Tkacenko
July 30, 1960 - May 14, 2020

Leon Tkacenko

Leon Tkacenko
Jul 30, 1960 - May 14, 2020

Leon Tkacenko
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NORTH BRUNSWICK - LEON TKACENKO passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, New York, surrounded by his family. He was 59 years old.

Born in Neptune, he resided in Howell and New York before relocating to North Brunswick 26 years ago.

Leon was an options trader for various firms for 19 years and, most currently, he worked as a manager in shipping and receiving for Ingredion, Bridgewater.

He was a parishioner of St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Howell, and St. Bartholomew R.C. Church in East Brunswick.

Leon was predeceased by his father, Leonid, in 1983.

Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Veronica (Smith); his children, Leon, Andrew, and Allie; his mother, Galina Tkacenko of Jackson; his sister, Julie Vitanov of Jackson; his brother, Alex and his wife, Michele, of Howell, and numerous family and friends whom he loved and loved him.

Services were entrusted to The BRUNSWICK MEMORIAL HOME, East Brunswick and were private due to the COVID-19 federal restrictions on public gatherings. To leave a message of condolence, please visit our "Tributes" page.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center at

Donna Coluni on May 24, 2020

Veronica and family, So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear husband and father! Our deepest sympathy. Donna and Lou Coluni 🙏

Nancy Sedlak (formerly Schuberth/Bartram) on May 24, 2020

Our deepest condolences to Veronica, Leon, Andrew, Allie, and family. We are so saddened by your loss! We will keep you all in our prayers!
Nancy Sedlak, Kathryn and Lauren Bartram

Kevin Lopez on May 23, 2020

I have been trying to come up with the right words, and I’m not sure there are at this moment. Leon was my manager from 2015 to 2018. My time at Ingredion with him and the rest of the shipping team were some of the best times in my career at this point. Leon managed to remain upbeat everyday, and show unbelievable strength, despite everything going on. He gave me advice, feedback, and suggestions to better myself. I owe him a lot, I missed him after I left, and I will continue to miss him. I’m not sure if he knew, but his willpower to keep pushing forward was motivating, and helped me to push forward during my own recent hardships. I will never forget him.

Regards, Kevin J. Lopez

Susan Derderian on May 22, 2020

Dear Veronica,
We were profoundly saddened to hear about Leon's passing. We are praying for you and your family.
Susan and John Derderian

Melissa davey on May 21, 2020

CandleDear Veronica and family ,

Our deepest condolences to all of you .

You are in our prayers . May you find comfort in Christ and the beautiful family you created together.

Love and prayers,

Melissa, J.D. Julia Rose and little London

Nathalie Godet on May 20, 2020

Dear Tkacenko Family,

Our deepest condolences on the passing of Leon. We pray God will bless you all with strength, comfort, and peace to get you through this difficult time. May your memories of Leon always be a blessing to you and may he rest peacefully in God's loving arms.

The Godet Family
Nathalie, Troy, Ysabel, & Marie

Peter Barnes on May 20, 2020

Dear Tkacenko Family
I am so saddened to hear of Leon's passing
He was a man with an awesome spirit that always shined bright
I am grateful to have worked with him .
I will and shall continue to lift your family up in prayer .
May GOD bless and comfort you all
Peter Barnes

Serge Pankulych on May 20, 2020

Dear Tkacenko Family
I would like to offer my sincere condolences for Leon.
As a kind and friendly person, He will be sorely missed by those who knew him.

Massoud G.-Barvarz on May 19, 2020

Dear Tkacenko family
So sorry to hear this sad news.
Leon will be missed by his Ingredion colleagues.
Please accept my condolences.
Regards, Massoud G.-Barvarz

Patty Kinnucane on May 19, 2020

Veronica and family,
Although I never had the opportunity to meet Leon, I know he was an exceptional person. I will keep you in my prayers and hope you can find comfort knowing Leon is with our Lord. Heaven gained another angel who will watch over you. Hold onto your memories and your family around you. May he rest in peace.

Hector Vazquez on May 19, 2020

Leon was a very kind person and hard worker. He will be missed very much by his colleagues at Ingredion where he worked. My condolences go out to his wife and entire family. May he rest in peace.

Sincerely, Hector Vazquez

BOB BROWN on May 19, 2020

Dear Tkacenko family..
so sorry to hear this,..may god be with him and may he r.i.p...please except my condolences..
Bob Brown and family..

Jen Hartong on May 18, 2020

Dear Tkacenko Family,

Sending you all our deepest and heart felt condolences during this difficult time.

We will keep you all in our prayers...
The Hartong Family....

Jen, Kevin, Drew and Sarah

Chris Thomas on May 18, 2020

Dear Tkachenko Family,
I am saddened to hear that Leon has passed away and wanted to express my condolences to you. I worked with Leon at Ingredion and he will be greatly missed. He was super dependable and I really respected him and his work ethic. He was always friendly, and the fact that he could still be upbeat and kind while dealing with his illness... that's pretty amazing. I am very sorry for your loss.
Chris Thomas

Gisele on May 18, 2020

Dear Veronica and Family,
My thoughts go to you and your family. My sincere condolences for your loss. May your memories give you comfort.

Yeni Pena on May 18, 2020

Dear Leon's family

I am one of his colleagues at Ingredion, I extend my condolences to your family.
Leon was always very friendly and diligent with work, so much so it was unnoticed if he wasn't feeling well. He has helped me at work plenty of times and I am happy to have met him.
May his strength in life be with you throughout these difficult moments.

Yeni Pena

Beth Merkle-Scott on May 18, 2020

To Leon’s Family,
I’m so very sorry for your loss. Leon will be greatly missed. He was a great person to work with and he was always willing to jump in and help out when needed.
My deepest condolences,
Beth Merle-Scott from Ingredion Incorporated

Sonia Goode on May 18, 2020

Dear Tkacenko Family,
I had the pleasure of knowing Leon thru work at Ingredion. He always had a smile and kind word for everyone...he will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences.

Leaslie on May 18, 2020

Dear Tkacenko Family,
My most sincere condolences. I worked with Leon at Ingredion. He was a valued team member and will be missed by all. My prayers are with your family during this time.
Leaslie Carr

O Rebelo on May 18, 2020

To Leon's Family,
I had the pleasure of working with Leon at Ingredion. He always was ready to help and be of great support for the team. He will be missed. My deepest condolences to you . He will be in our prayers.
O. Rebelo

Kathy Byrne on May 18, 2020

We are sorry for your loss. You family is in our prayers Kathy B

maricel justiniani on May 17, 2020

Dearest Veronica and family,
We are deeply sorry for your loss. We pray for strength and peace to be given unto you and your family during this very difficult time. May his soul rest in peace.
Love, The Justiniani’s
Rod, Maricel, Nicholas, Marcus and Emma

Susan ( Dolobowsky) Ricca on May 17, 2020

Dear Veronica and family:
My heartfelt condolences on your loss..
May Leon’s memory be a blessing to you and your family...
Sending love and keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers...
Love, Susan ( Dolobowsky) Ricca

Laura Buonocore on May 17, 2020

Veronica, There are no words to express how sorry I am for your loss. You and your family are in my heart, thoughts and prayers!

Kathy Laudicina on May 17, 2020

Dear Veronica and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. My God give Leon eternal rest and you strength and comfort.
Kathy L.

Melissa Nigro on May 17, 2020

Dear Veronica & family,
Your in our thoughts & prayers! May he Rest In Peace and May God watch over you during this difficult time!
Sending you love,
The Nigro Family

Kathy Shun on May 17, 2020

Dear Veronica And Family,
We were sad to hear about your loss. May the love of family and friends bring you peace and comfort during this time.
Love, The Shun Family

Nicole on May 17, 2020

Dear Veronica and Family,
Our deepest sympathy, love and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
❤️Love, The Gilman Family ❤️

Erica on May 17, 2020

Jeanell Boomer on May 17, 2020

Dearest Veronica & Family,

We send you love, light and our deepest condolences during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you.

The Boomers
~Allan, Jeanell, Jackson, Alani & Avery~

Erica on May 17, 2020


Santina D’Esposito on May 17, 2020

Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with you. We will always cherish our friendship with Leon and forever miss his contagious smile.
He will forever be missed. Heaven has another angel to watch over us.
Our deepest sympathies.
JD, Santina, Alyssa, Dominick & Michael

Karen on May 16, 2020

Karen and Ricardo
To Veronica and family
My heart is broken when I hear the passing of my beloved friend and supervisor because he was one of the good one he was always friendly and even when he was in pain We always come to work with a smile on his face he always said If I made it to lunchtime I will be good Sometimes you surprise himself that he make it to an all day I am going to miss him I am so sorry for your losS
ONE LOVE 💔💔🙏🙏😢😇

Barbara Schwerin Bohus on May 16, 2020

My heart goes out to you and your children at this time. There are no words to convey to ease the pain. You all are in my prayers.
With the deepest of sympathy,
Barbara Schwerin Bohus

Margaret Zybrick on May 16, 2020

My dear Veronica - There are no words that can convey how truly sorry I am for you and your beautiful children. Leon was such a fighter and you took such wonderful care of him. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. You have your own angel in heaven❤️🙏. Hoping you can feel my virtual hug. With much love Marge and family😘😘

Sheri Solinski on May 16, 2020

Dear Veronica and Family:

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this challenging time.


Sheri, Michael, and Kassandra Solinski



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