The Ottumwa Courier


July 30, 2013

Patricia Leonard

OTTUMWA — Patricia L. “Patty” Leonard, 84, of Mt. Pleasant and formerly of Ottumwa, died July 28, 2013, at the Pleasant Manor Care Center.

Born May 2, 1929, in Kirkville, Patricia Louise was the daughter of Charles and Clara Reed Deitch. She attended Kirkville schools and graduated from Ottumwa High School. On Oct. 24, 1948, she married Teddy Woodrow Leonard in Ottumwa. He preceded her in death Dec. 25, 2005.

While living in Ottumwa, Patty worked as a school secretary and was also employed by Northwestern Bell. In 1961, the couple moved to Mt. Pleasant, where Patty worked for the Henry County Mental Health Institute and the Henry County Courthouse in the Recorder’s Office.

A member of First United Methodist Church, Patty was a member of UMW and served on the administrative board and missions committee. She was active in raising money for the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City and was a member of TTT Chapter “DD,” in which she coordinated the style show. She, along with her husband, Ted, worked at the food tent at Old Threshers for many years. Her favorite hobbies included cooking and sewing.

Survivors include two sons, Chris (Sharon) Leonard of Waterloo and Joseph (Kathy) Leonard of Garland, Texas; one daughter, Nancy (Dave) Leonard Duncan of Cedar Rapids; and four grandchildren, Patrick Leonard, Stephen Duncan, Jessica (Duncan) Richard and Christopher Leonard.

Preceding Patty in death were her husband, Ted; her parents; a son, Stephen Leonard; one brother, Charles Deitch; and one sister, Genevieve Blake.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church; with Rev. David Bracht-Wagner and Rev. Jessica Richard officiating. Interment will be in the Forest Home Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Alzheimer’s Association and National Cancer Institute for pancreatic cancer research.

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