Leah Hill Turck
1967 - 2021
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Leah Marie Hill Turck, 53, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 29, 2021. She was at her home in Carthage with her loving husband and family at her side. She bravely battled cancer for most of the last 12 years, her faith giving her the strength to fight with dignity and courage.

Leah was born on November 10, 1967 in Middlebury, VT, to Allan and Barbara Kenyon Hill. She was a graduate of Chateaugay Central School (1985) and Clinton Community College. She was always continuing to further her education and learn, earning several certifications and trainings. She was a much loved and talented nail technician. Her career as a Credentialing Specialist at Samaritan Medical Center lasted 20 years, until she could no longer work at the end of February 2020.

Her friend, partner and husband for almost 20 years, Tim Turck, whom she married on July 2, 2016 in a beautiful outdoor ceremony on their property - officiated by nephew Donald Sauter. She and Tim were an avid outdoor couple; from riding on Tim's Harley Davidson to boating, fishing, camping and hunting together. As well as the huge garden with all the work that comes with that and always being generous with their harvests. Leah was a lover of animals, especially cats and her horses.

When Leah's name is mentioned everyone immediately thinks of her amazing flare for fashion and decorating. It and Leah has left an indelible impression on the many she leaves behind especially her family; her husband Tim of Carthage, her parents Allan and Barbara Hill of Chateaugay, NY, her sister and husband, Tracey (Hill) and Kevin Thompson, of Winthrop and their children, Rachel Ramsdell, (Noah, Lydia and Hannah), Marah and Andrew Phillips, Luke and Talitha Thompson, (Charles, Benjamin and Henry), her brother Donald and Jamey Hill and nephew Allan of Chateaugay, her step-children; David and Jenna Turck of Cazenovia and Erica Turck of Watertown and her grandchildren; Bo, Ruby and Zander. A brother-in-law and family, Tony Turck and Michelle Deroche of Carthage and sisters-in-law and families, Tina and Allen Sauter of Painted Post, Canice McGovern of Huntsville, AL and Therese Bishop of Carthage and her lifelong friends; Shelly LaPlante, Sue King and Mary Graser. She has a large extended family mostly residing in Vermont and friends everywhere she went. She is predeceased by maternal grandparents, Gordon and Marjorie Kenyon of North Bennington, VT, paternal grandparents Julius and Pauline Hill of Sunderland, VT and in-laws David and Bessie Turck of Carthage.

Due to COVID and the desire to keep everyone safe, a Christian Mass and Celebration of Life will be planned for warmer weather. At Tim and Leah's request; no flowers please, but you can donate in honor and memory of Leah to; Lewis County Hospice, Walker Cancer Center of Watertown or to St. James Catholic Church of Carthage. Arrangements are with the Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home, Carthage. To leave an online condolence, go to www.bezanillafh.com.

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Published in The Bennington Banner on Feb. 2, 2021.
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26 entries
March 2, 2021
When I arrived at Samaritan 17 years ago I worked with Leah concerning different credential matters. She was always kind, peaceful, professional; an excellent co-worker. That did not change at all during these last few years. Certainly a very strong, beautiful and extraordinary human being. She will be missed. My condolences to all her family and friends.
Ivan Montalvo
Coworker
February 16, 2021
Leah always had a smile on her face, even on her worst day. She encouraged so many during her difficult journey. She was ever willing to help and performed her job with excellence. She will be greatly missed
Maryellen Blevins
Coworker
February 10, 2021
I knew Leah professionally a Samaritan. She was so helpful to everyone in the hospital. I know she will be greatly missed by everyone who ever had the pleasure of working with her and everyone who she helped in the hospital. May pushed rest with god.
William Niewieroski
Acquaintance
February 4, 2021
Tim, we are so sorry for your loss! May memories of happy times shared bring you peace & comfort!
Mary Ann Margrey
February 2, 2021
What a beautiful warm smile. She has that lovely Kenyon glow in her eyes. Her mom Barbara was our neighbor and my babysitter as a child. My heart is broken to read of this terrible loss. Sending all my love and heart felt prayers to the family. So very very sorry.xo
Dorothy Buxbaum
Friend
February 1, 2021
Our sincerest sympathy for your loss Tim and Family. We pray for peace and comfort for you and your family during this very sad time. Leah will be forever missed but never forgotten.
Paul & Cora Hill
Family
January 31, 2021
What I remember most is her amazing strength during her long illness. She always had a smile when I knew she was physically hurting. Her strong faith however made her strong and gave her comfort. All of us at Samaritan were fortunate to know her. She was extremely dedicated to her job and was a shining star to the medical staff and her co-workers and friends. She will be missed.
laverne vandewall
Coworker
January 30, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Dave and Theresa Pustizzi
January 30, 2021
My thoughts and prayer go out to Leah’s family. Leah was beautiful person inside and out. Her Samaritan family will miss her.
Kim Jackson
Coworker
January 30, 2021
Saddened to hear that Leah's journey has come to an end. We send our prayers and our condolences to you and your Family Tim. May Leah rest in peace.
David and Sharon Johnson
Friend
January 30, 2021
Tim, so very very sorry to her that Leah and passed away. She was such a sweet, special and beautiful person. Our thoughts and prays are with you and your family. Here for you...Love, uncle Joe and aunt Mary❤
Joe and Mary Turck
Family
January 30, 2021
Tim, so sorry to read of Leah’s passing. Her struggle is over, may she find peace and comfort in Gods loving arms. Sincere condolences to you and your family.
Stephanie Marcinko/Mackee
January 30, 2021
R.I.P. Leah may good Lord bless you with peace and everlasting Love. Prayers for Tim & Family.
Michael & Valerie Bigness
Friend
January 30, 2021

Tim and family, may God gently carry you through this grief. My prayers go up for you.

Faye Gates Lamar
January 30, 2021
It is so fitting that the write up of Leah’s passing has a picture of her with her beautiful and radiant smile as even in your worst of times she was always able to generate that smile. She was a strong and courageous person, the likes of which rarely exists. She will be greatly missed by all those who worked with her and I am sure by her entire family. Heaven is getting a really good one. May she Rest In Peace. My condolences to her family.
Bob Hawthorne
Bob Hawthorne
Coworker
January 30, 2021
Leah was a charming individual. I had the privilege of working with her at SMC where she was the recognized expert on credentialing health care providers. Even when you knew she was back on chemo she never complained. She always greeted me with her warm smile and showed such grace under the strain of her illness. I offer my sympathy and prayers for comfort to her family and friends.
Bob Kimball
Coworker
January 29, 2021
Tim, I am so sorry for your loss. Leah had a heart of gold and she will always have a special place in my heart.
Linda Dening
Friend
January 29, 2021
So sorry TIm. Leah truly was the love of your life and you were hers. I wish that i could of got to known her better. Ron and i will miss her . God bless her. Ron and Nancy
Nancy Rome
Friend
January 29, 2021
I know I haven't seen Leah in many years but I've often thought of her and her hard fight in her Heard lots from my mother about her so I've been in touch that way and I know she'll be greatly missed and all my prayers and sympathy go to my aunt and uncle her parents and her sister and brother and I also will miss her greatly
Stephanie Porter
Family
January 29, 2021
Leah was so sweet. She always had a smile on her face. So sorry for your loss.
Cindy Arqo
January 29, 2021
Leah I will miss you, you were an adventures, funny, beautiful young lady, who fought for so long! May you R.I.P I love you cuz!
Paula Hill
Family
January 29, 2021
Tim, I am so sorry. Leah truly had a heart of gold and loved you dearly. I was always so glad to see the two of you in church.
Judy Hongo Nye
Friend
January 29, 2021
Tim, so sorry for your loss. Everything has been said about Leah by people who knew her so I won't try. You and her are definitely in my thoughts and prayers.
Rich Castrina
Acquaintance
January 29, 2021
Leah was loved by many and especially the women who were her clients in the nail salon. She always had a smile and pleasant words to share. My thoughts and prayers are with you Tim and her entire family.
GINNIE THESIER
Friend
January 29, 2021
So sad to read about the loss of this wonderful soul. Worked down the hall from her at the hospital for many years and she always had a smile on her face no matter how her day was going. She will be missed for sure. Fly high angel you deserve a rest after fighting for so long. Prayers to her family.
Celia Huber
Friend
January 29, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. My thoughts and prayers are with her family
Celeste Kline
Coworker
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