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Antonia Hamilton, 74

Antonia Wallace Hamilton died in her home in Philadelphia on February 28, having determined not to see her advancing Alzheimer's through to its end. Toni, as she was known to all who knew her, was born July 12, 1940 to James M. and Christine Klesius Wallace of Philadelphia. She grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs, graduated from Smith College, and lived at various times in Italy, Colombia, Virginia, Michigan, and Iowa before returning to Philadelphia in 1992. She worked primarily in institutional development, with the Iowa Foundation, the Chester County Historical Society, and the Arts League of Philadelphia. In her youth, she was an enthusiastic horsewoman and took to fly fishing in her later years. She was an excellent hostess and cook, warmly remembered and frequently quoted by many with whom she shared her home. With her husband, Carter Leidy, who survives her, she traveled often, to a fishing camp in the Poconos, to Maine, to Ireland, and to Italy and France. She is survived also by a sister, Douglass Newbold of Malvern, Pennsylvania, two children by her first marriage, Jennifer Bogoni of Philadelphia and Colin Hamilton of St. Paul, Minnesota, and four grandchildren, Alessandro and Eleanora Bogoni and Theodore and William Hamilton. Living by the words of her riding instructor—"If you want to take your horse over the jump, you've got to throw your heart over the fence first"—she ended her life with the same grace and courage by which she lived.




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Published in the Iowa City Press-Citizen on Mar. 5, 2015.
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June 6, 2017
Toni was a cherished member of the Albright House Class of 1962 at Smith. She was funny, ever so bright, and always, always original. She had an amazing duality - big city flair, rural delight in horses, fishing and (some) men. I am so impressed with her dignified exit. And plan to emulate it if necessary - and can figure out how. With love to all who loved - and will miss - her.
Nancy Wolfe (formerly Carlson) Stead
Nancy Stead
June 2, 2016
I was just writing about another woman who recently passed away and was one of a handful of women who have served as 'mother figures' for me since my own mother died, and I realized I wanted to look up information about Toni. I found this page. Toni was my official 'adopted mom' when my mom died (before she died mom asked Toni to play that role and she gladly accepted). Toni was so loving and kind to me in the years after mom's passing- I am really grateful for her sweetness towards me. I am so sad that she passed so soon. This is a small way I can help keep her memory alive. RIP.
Louise Kelly
March 6, 2015
Toni was a dear friend when we worked together many years ago -- strong willed, fiercely intelligent, wickedly funny. She will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to the family.
Susan Shullaw
March 5, 2015
I was so sorry to hear about Toni's passing. She was an extrodinary person.
Lynne Cannon
March 5, 2015
We are very sorry to learn of Toni's death. She was always so bright and full of fun. Our condolences are with you.
Hank and Mary Anne Madden
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