Anne Margrethe Leonard, 82, passed away on October 19, 2012 of breast cancer and other complications at Pikes Peak Hospice at Penrose Hospital. She was born on February 8, 1930 to Johannes and Johanna Helgesen in Malselv, Norway. Anne-Ma (as she was known to family and friends) grew up in northern Norway and told wonderful stories of life north of the Arctic Circle. She went to school in TromsÃ¶, Norway and became a registered nurse. She met Joseph Elton Leonard in Stavanger, Norway. He, a Warrant Officer in the US Air Force stationed in Greenland, was on R&R in Norway. They were married in Munich, Germany on August 20, 1954. She enjoyed the travel and exotic life that came with the military in that era which included living in Germany, England, and Panama. Upon Joe's retirement from the Air Force, the family moved to Alexandria, VA. Anne-Ma lived there for more than 30 years until Joe's passing when she then moved to Colorado Springs to be near her two sons. She lived here for 12 years. Anne Margrethe was a proud grandmother. She doted over her two grandsons and took great pleasure in seeing and sharing in their accomplishments. She was a generous, conscientious, and fun lady who enjoyed a nice glass of wine, old-time movies, reading, writing, and spending time with family. She looked forward to her regular Monday Mahjong games with her girlfriends. She enjoyed traveling and up until recently was making an annual trip to Norway to visit family and friends. This past June she made the family's annual trek to Cocoa Beach, FL enjoying what was to be the last stroll along the water's edge. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph and son Keith Norman Leonard. She is survived by her son Kevin and daughter-in-law Kimberly (Monument, CO), and grandsons USAF 2d Lt Jeffrey Leonard (Columbus, MS) and Daniel Leonard (NAU, Flagstaff, AZ). She leaves many friends and family in Colorado, Virginia, Florida, and Norway. Anne Margrethe will be interred with Joe at Arlington National Cemetery; there will be no services. Memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, her favorite charity.
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Published in The Gazette from Nov. 18 to Nov. 20, 2012