Vera Leonard

MORTON, IL - Vera M. Leonard, 83, passed away at 9:07 a.m., Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at her home.

She was born April 13, 1930, in Virden, Ill., to John and Veronica (Sikora) Dubosh. She married Joe Leonard on Oct. 1, 1949, in Virden.

Surviving are her husband of Morton; two daughters, Veronica (Bob) Chione of Morton and Cyndee (Rick) Dickinson of Congerville; one son, Joe E. (Jo) Leonard of Morton; six grandchildren, Rich (Rachel) Dickinson of Roanoke, John Dickinson of Sacramento, Calif., Jennafer Stealy of North Pekin, Craig Chione and Meaghan Chione (Brian Miller), both of Morton, and Cori (Jack) Bridgmon of Pekin; 10 great-grandchildren, Matthew Dickinson, Grace and Hope Duley, Jaxson, Auston and Triston Stealy, Jackie, Myles, Vanessa and Derek Bridgmon; and one brother, Anthony Dubosh of Virden.

She was preceded in death by one great-granddaughter, Valerie Bridgmon; three brothers and two sisters.

A homemaker, Vera had worked as a secretary at Allis-Chalmers in Springfield from 1945 until her marriage.

She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Morton and its Altar & Rosary Society and Legion of Mary.

Vera was an avid walker and enjoyed photography, camping and bowling. She was a beloved wife, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Cremation will be accorded. No services or visitation will be held.

Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling cremation arrangements.

Memorials may be made to South Side Mission, P.O. Box 5579, Peoria, IL 61601.

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Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Center
140 S. Detroit Ave Morton, IL 61550
(309) 263-7426