Bernice Adeline (Bailey) Leibenguth

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Bernice Adeline (Bailey) Leibenguth, daughter of Ollie Bailey and Grace Clouser Bailey, was born on Sept. 25, 1915, in Bass Lake, Ind.

She met her husband, Robert Leibenguth, in Jefferson, Ind. Bob was her high school boyfriend who after graduating moved to Connecticut. Bea also relocated to Connecticut, married Bob Leibenguth, and they had two sons, David and Richard. During Bea's long life in Connecticut, she has been an active member of Union Church for 60 years. She is also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution-Captain Noah Grant in Rockville, a member of the Hope Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, and until recently, a member of the Rockville Hospital Auxiliary and a Rockville Hospital volunteer. Bea was also a member of the Golden Steppers and the Better Age Club in Ellington. She has been a faithful member of the Ellington Senior Center and regularly attended its Monday morning exercise program (even at the age of 96). Family has always been Bea's greatest passion - so very, very important to her. Besides family, one of her other passions was her garden, both flowers and veggies, which she canned, froze, or donated to others. Her family will never forget all those Sunday afternoon dinners at Grandma Bea's.

Bea is survived by her two sons, David, and his wife, Hazel, of Wethersfield and Richard, and his wife, Herlina, of Ellington; four grandchildren, Carolann Leibenguth of Robinson, Ill., Amy Leibenguth of Wethersfield, Sarah Constantine of Westford, Mass., and Peter Walsh of Vernon; seven great-grandchildren, Matthew, Michael, and Tyler DePaolis of Wethersfield, Angela Constantine of Westford, Mass., Dustin VanSchoyck of Robinson, Ill., and Matthew and William Walsh of Vernon. She also leaves three nephews and a niece from Indiana, Bill, Phil, Jim, and Deloris, children of her late sister, Charlotte Stoops. Bea will be greatly missed.

Her family will receive friends on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Ladd Funeral Home, 19 Ellington Ave., in the Rockville section of Vernon, followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m. at Union Congregational Church, 3 Elm St., Rockville. Burial will be held in Ellington Center Cemetery immediately following the service.

By Bea's request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Union Congregational Church, 3 Elm St., Vernon, CT 06066; or to the "new" Ellington Senior Center, 16 Church St., Ellington, CT 06029.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Jan. 31 to Feb. 4, 2013