Brenda,So sad. Your mother was doing so well too. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Dale and Cindy with your mothers passing. She was a beautiful human being both inside and out.Gary
DONNA L. LEONARD
Donna L. Leonard, 78, of Dunseith, North Dakota passed away at St. Andrew’s Medical Center in Bottineau on November 25, 2012. Donna was born on July 15, 1934 to Henry and Florence Sunderland in Rolette, ND. She grew up in Dunseith and attended grade and high school there. She graduated from the University of North Dakota in January 1956 with a BS Degree in Occupational Therapy and had the distinction of being one of the first two graduates with an O.T. Degree. She worked as an O.T. in Pennsylvania at a State Mental Hospital for 2 years. She returned to North Dakota and was married to Robert Leonard in the United Methodist Church in Dunseith on August 31, 1958. They lived in Grand Forks for a year, Stanley, ND for a year and then returned to Dunseith in 1960 when Bob started working at Security State Bank.
Donna was active in Community, Social and Church activities over the years, however her main passion was raising their four children, supporting and educating them in every way to be sure they turned out to be responsible adults. She insisted and made sure they all graduated from the University of North Dakota. She had a humorous and wonderful personality and was always trying to please her friends, liked to clown around keeping everyone off guard, including her husband. She liked pets and had a dog for all of her married life which provided great companionship and comfort to her. She was a great sports fan with a particular fondness for the Green Bay Packers and a collector of their paraphernalia. She was very excited at Christmas, 2011 when she received a share of Packers stock from Santa.
She is survived by her husband Bob, Dunseith, her children Patricia Dinger, Boise, ID, Michael (Anita), Alexandria, VA, Timothy (Trisha), Dallas, TX, and Janet (Peter) Conlin, Bismarck; grandchildren Karin Gasparotti, Walla Walla, WA, Justin Dinger, Fort Collins, CO, Carly Leonard, Dallas TX, Meghan Conlin, Bismarck, Mac Conlin, Bismarck, Riley Conlin, Bismarck and a great grandchild Evelyn Dinger, Fort Collins, CO. Sisters, Shirley (Joseph) Fazio, Naples, FL, Patricia (Stanley) Warburton, Lake Charles, LA and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral Services are scheduled for Friday, November 30, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. in the Peace Lutheran Church in Dunseith.
Internment will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Dunseith.
Memorials may be made to Camp Grassick, P O Box F, Dawson, ND 58428, in Donna’s honor. Their web site is www.elkscampgrassick.com