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Josephine Barbara (Jo) Leeson


1931 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
JOSEPHINE (JO) BARBARA LEESON Jo passed away September 7, 2016 at the age of 85 from natural causes in Riverside, CA. She was born January 6, 1931 to Anthony and Stephanie Topoleski in Brooklyn, NY. Jo was tenth in a family of eleven children born at home. Jo is survived by her sister, Rose Viero of Highland, CA; her husband Richard L. Leeson; daughters, Madeline (Mike) Watts and Elizabeth Ann (Alan) Washburn; grandchildren, Kevin (Lindsey) Watts, David (Heather) Watts, John (Clea) Shearer and Jennifer Shearer; six great grandchildren; sister-in-law Marge Topoleski, numerous nieces and nephews. Jo moved from New York City to San Bernardino in 1946. She graduated from San Bernardino High School in 1948. She attended San Bernardino Valley College while working at Pacific Bell Telephone Company. She modeled for Harris & Frank in San Bernardino. In April 1953 Jo married Richard Leeson at the Santa Barbara Mission and subsequently moved to Riverside. Jo and Richard were married for 63 years. After her daughters were grown, she worked for Harris Company at the Riverside Plaza. When Richard retired in 1977 Jo spent her summers in Pinedale, WY where they had built a second home. Josephine was a beautiful woman inside and out. Jo lived her life for her family and others. She was valued, loved and will be deeply missed. An endowment fund has been established in Josephine's memory at the Sublette County Library in Pinedale, WY by her family.Private Services will be on Monday, September 19th at Montecito Memorial Park, Loma Linda, CA.


Published in Press-Enterprise from Sept. 16 to Sept. 18, 2016
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