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Mary A. Leonard

Died: Sunday, November 11, 2012
Age: 94
Mary A. Leonard, 94, Lake Geneva, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at Geneva Lake Manor Nursing Home.

She was born in Elkhorn on July 4, 1918, to the late Wallace and Flora Murdoch Bray. Mary was a graduate of Delavan High School in 1936. She married the late William J. Leonard on May 5, 1939, in Dubuque, Iowa He preceded her in death on June 28, 1988. Mary loved to laugh and play cards. She loved her flowers and watching the birds outside.

Mary is survived by three children, Mary Lou (Phillip) Esmond, Joyce (Leland) Schmidt, and William T. (Geri) Leonard, all of Lake Geneva;11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, John Bray; and a sister, Rachel Laursdorf.

She was preceded in death by a son, Ronald W. Leonard; her parents; two sisters, Ruth and Elizabeth; and one brother, William.

Services Friday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m., in the chapel of the Derrick Funeral Home, Lake Geneva, with the Rev. Jim Kennedy officiating. Burial to follow in the Bloomfield Cemetery. Visitation Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the chapel. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family has asked donations in Mary’s name to the charity of choice. To sign the online guest registry, visit the website at www.derrickfuneralhome.com.

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