Kathleen Leonard

KATHLEEN M. 'KATY' LEONARD, 62 ROCKFORD - Kathleen M. "Katy" Leonard, 62, of Rockford died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, from complications associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She was born on February 28, 1951, in Belvidere, IL; the daughter of Charles and Sophronia "So-So" (Cashmore) Nihan. Katy graduated with a B.S. in Education from Illinois State University. She married Steven L. Leonard in Belvidere on June 8, 1974. She was formerly employed as an Elementary School Teacher for the Poplar Grove and Capron School Districts. Katy was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. She participated in various bible studies. She volunteered at the Sterling, IL Food Pantry and was involved in the 's Jingle Bell Walk. She enjoyed spending time with her family and reading. Her passion for life was enthusiastic as she shared God's love with many. She was an incredible source of compassion and strength to others. She is survived by husband, Steven of Rockford; daughter, Melissa (Tim) Kiekow, Volo, IL; son, Chad (Linda) Leonard, Wheaton, IL; two grandchildren, Logan and Elena Kiekow; a sister, Nancy Foreman; two brothers, Dan and Charlie Nihan; and several nieces and nephews. Katy is preceded in death by her parents. Funeral Service 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 2, 2013, in Immanuel Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Alan Buss, Pastor, officiating. Burial in Belvidere Cemetery. Visitation 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 1, 2013, at the church narthex. Memorials to the National , 35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 2260, Chicago, IL 60601. Arrangements by Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home, 218 W. Hurlbut Av., Belvidere, IL. To express condolences online, please visit buckwheelerhyland.com.

Funeral Home

Anderson Funeral & Cremation Services at Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Chapel
218 West Hurlbut Avenue Belvidere, IL 61008
(815) 544-2616

Published in Rockford Register Star from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2013