Kathleen H. “Kay” Leonard, 79, passed away Monday, October 22, 2012 at her home under the care of her family and Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley.
A funeral service will be held Friday, October 26th at 11:00 a.m. at the Gouverneur United Methodist Church with Judy Sibley, lay minister officiating and burial in East Riverside Cemetery, Gouverneur. There are no calling hours and arrangements are with the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.
Kathleen was born in Ogdensburg on January 13, 1933, the daughter of Harold and Theresa Hays House. Kathleen graduated from Unadilla High School, received her Bachelor’s degree at SUNY Albany and her Master’s degree from St. Lawrence University. She was employed at Gouverneur Central School for 31 years, retiring in 1991.
Kathleen married Hermon F. Leonard on June 30, 1956 at the Gouverneur First Presbyterian Church. Hermon passed away September 8, 1993.
Kathleen enjoyed gardening, reading, painting, knitting, and traveled the country extensively. She was a member of the Gouverneur United Methodist Church, Shakespeare Club, Gouverneur Garden Club, Bridge Club, and Beaux Arts Club.
She is survived by a son, Andrew and Crystal Leonard of Gouverneur; two daughters, Marilyn “Lynne” and David Marks of Horseheads and Nancy and Kevin Bush of Liverpool; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Leonard Micale of Brewerton; seven grandchildren, Christina, Scott, Drew, and Nicholas Leonard, Meghan Marks, Collin, and Emily Bush; a sister, Marilyn O’Connor of Warrensburg; and several nieces and nephews. The family also wished to acknowledge her special care providers Barbara Laidlaw and Charina Tyler.
Kathleen was predeceased by her husband; her parents; and a son, David Leonard.
In lieu of flower, memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Gouverneur United Methodist Church, PO Box 157, Gouverneur, NY 13642, Gouverneur Vol. Fire Department, 33 Clinton Street, Gouverneur, NY 13642, or Gouverneur Public Library, 60 Church Street, Gouverneur, NY 13642.