Louise Leonard, 78, of Girard, Ohio, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend passed away on February 2, 2015 surrounded by her loving family.
Born November 22, 1936 in Youngstown, Ohio, the daughter of the late Arthur and Tiva Orsine Callard. Louise was a member of St. Rose Church, and was a former member of the Girard Junior Women’s Club. She thoroughly enjoyed her time spent with family and many friends. Louise was the cornerstone of her family and confidante to her friends.
Louise was the consummate lady: elegant, beautiful, kind, thoughtful and impeccable to the end. She enlivened every space she entered with her warm smile and her sparkling eyes that shone with such love and care and thoughtfulness. She always had a kind thought and gesture for everyone. We have lost a truly wonderful person who was loved by all and will forever be missed.
As her son John stated, “She was the best part of all of us and I hope I have a small piece to carry with me forever.”
She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, John D. Leonard Sr., her children, Karla (Phillip) Smith of Akron, John D. (Suzana) Leonard Jr. of Shaker Heights, and Bob (Danielle) Leonard of Rocky River; sister, Linda (Dick) Ross of Girard; brother, Louis (Chrissy) Cera of Hope Sound, Florida; and her grandchildren, Audrey and Emma Smith, Adam (Janice) and Hannah Smith, Daniel and Stefan Leonard, Alex Sapp, and Andrew and Anna Leonard.
Her family provided strong support for Louise during her illness, finding the best care for her regardless of how far they needed to travel. Her son John, a physician, shared, “I want to live to see the day that one metastatic cancer can be cured. Hopefully that cancer will be GIST.”
The family requests that any material contributions be made to GIST Cancer Research Fund, 5 Sawmill Road, New City, NY 10956, or
www.gistinfo.org in Louise’s memory