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Leslie Holt Bocchino


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Leslie Holt Bocchino Obituary
Leslie Holt Bocchino

AGE: 73 •

Leslie Holt Bocchino passed away on the 24th of December 2016. She was 73 years old.

Leslie was born in Los Angeles, California on the 9th of December 1943, and grew up in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and Montclair, New Jersey. Leslie graduated from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

Leslie delighted in her familial and national heritage. She was a proud member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. Leslie loved animals and volunteered for the SPCA. She supported the Visiting Nurses Association by hosting garden tours and authoring a cookbook.

Leslie was named for her father, a fact that caused confusion throughout her early life. She was assigned to a men's dorm in college and in the pre-equal rights 1960s applied for a job only to be told upon arrival that the position was not open to a woman. Deterred from the work force, Leslie tackled her role as a homemaker with characteristic vigor. She was a skilled seamstress, quilter, gardener, painter, cook and pastry chef. In addition to mastering such domestic arts, she fearlessly tackled household projects, once installing a sump pump in the basement of the family home.

In 2014, Leslie was diagnosed with Fronto-Temporal Lobar Degeneration, a neuro-cognitive disorder for which there is currently no treatment or cure. Leslie's disease progressively afflicted her speech, behavior, and understanding of the world around her and robbed her of the ability to use her many talents. However, Leslie's resilient spirit, feisty manner, robust sense of humor, wonder at nature's gifts, and most of all her love for her family remained intact to the end. The compassionate individuals at the Silverado Memory Care Facility in Sugar Land, Texas helped to care for Leslie in the final year of her life.

Leslie is survived by her daughter Lauren Jean Harrison, son-in-law Geoffrey, and grandchildren Layla and Lilly; by her son Greg Kares and daughter-in-law Alice; by her sisters Judy Martino and Janet Wright; and by her former husband's Peter Kares and Robert Bocchino. Leslie was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie Holt and Jean Louise Hipple Holt.

The family will gather for a private visitation in the library and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.

A private family entombment will be held at a later date in the Holt Family Mausoleum at Fair View Cemetery in Red Bank, New Jersey.

Anyone moved to do so may make a memorial contribution in Leslie's honor with the Association for Fronto-Temporal Degeneration, www.theaftd.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/electronically; or may contribute to clinical research being conducted here in Houston: Dr. Schulz Research Fund, c/o Lisa Austin, UTHealth, 1941 East Road, Suite 4358, Houston TX 77054.

Please view Leslie's online memorial tribute at www.geohlewis.com, under the obituary section where condolences may be left.

Service arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons - The Funeral Directors, 1010 Bering Drive, Houston, Texas, 77057. (713)789-3005
Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 27, 2016
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