Mary Laura Elizabeth Leonard

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Norwich - Mary Laura Elizabeth Leonard, 51, of Norwich, passed away on Dec. 20, 2012, in her home.

Laura was born on Oct. 4, 1961, and grew up in North Salem, N.Y.

She was predeceased by her mother, Nancy Ann Muckler of Uncasville, in 2001.

She is survived by parents, Thomas Michael Leonard and Patricia Sallstrom of Bristol; by her two children, Joseph R. Vincente of New York, N.Y., and Lea M. Vincente of Oakdale; a grandson, David P. Nelson III; brothers, Thomas Michael Leonard Jr. of Croton Falls, N.Y., and Peter M. Leonard of Brewster, N.Y.; and four nieces.

Laura was a resident of Connecticut for 25 years and was a member of the National Organization for Women for two years. Besides raising her two children, Laura enjoyed volunteering in her community and being involved with her Spiritualist Unitarian Church. She had a love for singing, music, and theater.

There are no calling hours, and burial will be private.

Donations may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society of Quaker Hill, in memory of Laura's love for animals.

To leave a message of condolence for Laura's family, please visit her memorial at

The Church and Allen Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published in The Day on Jan. 30, 2013