Amy Jo LeGere

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LeGere, Amy Jo
Amy Jo LeGere, 61, passed away March 22, 2014 at her Peoria winter home from ovarian cancer. She was born March 20, 1953 in Vestal, NY to Kathyrn and William Micka. Amy grew up on a farm outside of Rochester, MN along with five brothers. As the only daughter, she was relegated to fulfill many farm and domestic duties at a young age including being the primary caregiver for her younger brothers Paul and John. Amy developed her love of animals and in particular, horses and dogs, growing up on the farm. Among the seven horses she helped care for; her favorite was the large white Palomino Quarter Horse, Sham, who she loved dearly. She also had at least one Springer Spaniel at her side to help keep track of the sheep, calves, geese, chickens, and horses. Amy and David Wegner were married in 1973. She earned a BA in Marketing Communications and Business from the University of Minnesota in 1975 while working at Dayton's Department store in St. Paul, MN. As a trailing spouse to Duchesne, UT; Ft Collins, Co; and Salt Lake City, UT over the next 10 years, Amy built her work experience; 6 years as newspaper reporter/writer, and 4 years as a retail department manager for Dayton's in Salt Lake City. During this time, Amy's two sons were born; Zachary in Ft Collins and Ryan in Salt Lake City. Amy began her 14 year career at W.L Gore & Associates in 1986 with the Medical Division in Flagstaff. Beginning with manufacturing and administrative support positions, she initiated the concept and became Editor of Gore's first worldwide monthly newsletter, "The Lattice'. Amy was the writer, reporter, photographer, and responsible for layout and production. She went on to develop the role of corporate communications to support worldwide business units through her work with divisional and functional teams. While participating in corporate business, marketing and technical meetings throughout the world, Amy made many lifelong friends. In 1991, Amy and Mike LeGere were married at an outdoor ceremony in Sedona surrounded by family and friends with Amy's sons as best young men. Amy returned to school in 2000, earning her MBA at Arizona State University in 2002. In 2001, Amy and husband Mike started a Business and Marketing Consulting company specializing in civic and sustainable energy initiatives along with commercial product introductions. Her work in renewable energy lead to a position as Vice-President of Development with Foresight Renewables, a leading developer of utility scale solar and wind energy projects. Amy always looked forward to re-charging by taking trips to our National Parks or traveling abroad. Her love of the ocean and snorkeling had her returning to the oceans of Hawaii many times. From exploring the Inner Harbors of Alaska to the Castles of Scotland, to an African safari to the Mayan ruins of Central America to the Great Wall of China and many places in between, she enjoyed chronicling the family adventures in our annual Christmas letter. At home, Amy took great pride in the beauty of her many flower gardens and enjoyed hikes in the forest with her dogs or simply watching the birds and wildlife from our property bordering the National Forest. Holidays were always special times with house decorations and the fantastic meals Amy loved to prepare and share with family and friends. Amy's dedicated pursuit of excellence in all she did was a source of admiration by all who knew her. Her talents, friendship and generosity will always be remembered.
A full time flagstaff resident for the past 29 years, Amy made numerous contributions to the community through her active participation in organizations she believed in. She was a Mentor for Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NACET), prior Board Member and Co-Founder of the Flagstaff Festival of Science, prior Board Member of Coconino Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (SEDI), Greater Flagstaff Economic Council (GFEC), Flagstaff Rotary Club and Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth. Amy was also a member of Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Economic Development and Education Committees, Flagstaff Unified School District Five Year Visioning Project and Coconino High School Site Council. None of the responsibilities Amy assumed were more important than that of being mother to Zachary and Ryan. She inspired learning the wonderment of our world, its beauty and possibilities through example. Amy was always available to provide guidance through life's ups and downs in a loving and nurturing way. Amy is survived by her husband of 23 years Mike, sons Zachary Wegner and Ryan Wegner (Tram), brothers Bill Micka (Ann) of Tucson, Dan Micka of Colleyville, TX, Tom Micka (Sheila) of Anoka, MN, Paul Micka (Britta) of Feichten, Germany and John (Kathy) of Belleville, WI, and 14 nieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00am, on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at St. John Vianney Church,180 St John Vianney Lane, Sedona, AZ 86366, followed by a reception. Donations may be made in memory of Amy to at www.hov.org/donate or , 1510 E. Flower St, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Please visit www.azlegacyfuneralhome.com to place online condolences.


Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 19, 2014
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