Donna Mae Leamer Leone (1936 - 2008)



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Mom was a devout Christian, wonderful wife and a mother who would gladly and selflessly do anything for her children. She and Dad always said they would never go anywhere that us children couldn't come along - very God and family oriented. Mom was a meticulous record keeper - the old-school, do everything in triplicate kind of record keeper. She had a beautiful voice - an accomplished, soprano singing voice and a lovely, alto speaking voice. I always loved hearing her answer the phone - very professional. I can still see her take dad's hand as he was driving us to our next NASCAR track to work at, saying how happy she was that we could all be doing this together. It was my honor to take care of them in the final years of their lives. I only wish that in my youth, I would have realized how precious being close to them was, never going away to college and living away from them for 11 years.

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on at Indiana Hospital, in Indiana, Indiana County, Pennsylvania United States
Cause of death: Pulmonary Embolism

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Oakland Cemetery Mausoleum, 845 Rose St, in Indiana, Indiana County, Pennsylvania United States


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Indiana, Indiana County, Pennsylvania

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Father: Don Leamer
Mother: Sarah Brown Leamer
Siblings: Donna Mae Leone and Lois Jean Leamer Bodnar

Husband: Edwin Francis Leone
Children with Edwin: Dawn Michele Leone and Edwin Joseph Leone


Cherry Tree


Banker, Bookkeeper


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Presbyterian, Church of Christ




1936 - In the year that Donna Mae Leamer Leone was born, on November 2nd, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) debuted the world's first regular high-definition television service. The channel had a short schedule - Monday through Saturday, 3:00p to 4:00p and 9:00p to 10:00p. The first broadcast was "Opening of the BBC Television Service".

1939 - By the time she was just 3 years old, on the 1st of September, Nazi Germany invaded Poland. On September 17th, the Soviet Union invaded Poland as well. Poland expected help from France and the United Kingdom, since they had a pact with both. But no help came. By October 6th, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany held full control of the previously Polish lands. Eventually, the invasion of Poland lead to World War II.

1945 - At the age of just 9 years old, Donna was alive when on January 9th, the (over 8 month long) Battle of Luzon began in the Philippines with the United States and Filipino forces attacking Japanese forces - with the intent to take back control of the Philippines. By March, the Allies had taken control of all of the strategically and economically important locations in the Philippines but pockets of resistance held out until the surrender of Japan in August.

1957 - She was 21 years old when on September 24th, the "Little Rock Nine" (nine African-American students) entered Little Rock High School. Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus had previously prevented the students from entering the school at the beginning of the term with the Arkansas National Guard - they blocked the door. President Eisenhower ordered federal troops - the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army - to guard the students and allow them entry.

1961 - She was 25 years old when on August 13th, East Germany began erection of what would become the Berlin Wall between East and West Berlin. In one day, they installed barbed wire entanglements and fences (called Barbed Wire Sunday in Germany). On August 17th, the first concrete elements and large blocks were put in place.

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edit Donna Mae Leamer Leone & Edwin Francis Leone
October 7, 1961 - July 6, 2008 (death)
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Donna Mae Leamer Leone & Edwin Francis Leone
October 7, 1961 - July 6, 2008 (death)

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Donna Mae Leone, 72, of Indiana, passed away Sunday, July 6, 2008, at Indiana Regional Medical Center. She was born in 1936 to Don and Sarah (Brown) Leamer in Cherry Tree. Donna was a member of Graystone Presbyterian Church, where she had taught Sunday school with her husband, and renewed their marriage vows at the Indiana Church of Christ. She was a past Matron of the Indiana Order of Eastern Star, holding various Grand Appointments in Pennsylvania, served on the advisory board for Indiana Rainbow Girls, where she earned the Grand Cross of Color, and was a founding member of the Indiana High School Band Boosters. In her younger years she assisted famed author Dudley R. Tonkin as his manuscript typist and also was an accomplished singer. Donna was employed for more than 35 years in the banking industry being employed by Farmer and Merchants Bank, Cherry Tree, N.B.O.C. and Savings and Trust, Indiana, and also was the office manager for Hills Department Store, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Indiana, and her daughter’s office manager at L’ Therapy, Indiana. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling across the U.S., reading and crocheting. She is survived by her husband of 47 years Edwin F. Leone, of Indiana; a daughter Dawn Michele Leone, Indiana; a son Edwin Joseph Leone and wife Lisa, Indiana; five grandchildren, Philip, Ashlea, Emily, Michael and Alexis Leone, Indiana; a sister, Lois Jean Bodnar and husband Michael, Indiana; and numerous brother- and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Visitation will be on today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bowser-Minich Funeral Home, Indiana, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday with the Rev. Jeffery Denlinger officiating. Entombment will be in the Oakland Cemetery.


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