Leslie A. Paat
1976 - 2020
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Leslie Ann (Sober) Paat, 44, of Forest Hills, passed away Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, from metastatic breast cancer. Leslie was a devoted mom, a loving daughter and sister, and a doting aunt. She was a sweet friend; a person of faith; a kind soul; a compassionate stranger; a thoughtful co-worker; as well as a respected professional. A meticulous planner; a radiant presence; and a pretty darn snappy dresser. She was a talented vocalist in the church choir; an awesome gift-giver; a diligent gingerbread cookie maker; and a founding member of the "Books And Broads" reading club. Leslie was a profoundly brave woman, a battle-tested fighter, and the toughest person her adoring, heartbroken family will ever know. She is survived by her son, Elliott; mother and father, Mary Ellen and Bud Sober; sister, Raeann Horgas (Jay); brothers, Matt Sober and Michael Sober (Kara); nephew and nieces, Marek, Anne, and Charlotte; Elliott's father, Matthew Paat; and Elliott's grandparents, Dr. Florante and Gwendolyn Paat. Friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at WOLFE MEMORIAL LLC., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike, Pittsburgh, PA 15221. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Bede Church of St. Mary Magdalene Parish, followed by interment in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Leslie's memory to The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh, Institutional Advancement Department,1405 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217-1350, www.amazingkids.org, where Leslie dedicated her entire two-decade career to healing, teaching, and empowering children. You can also honor her spirit by doing something kind for someone in need.

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Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Dec. 2, 2020.
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December 8, 2020
To the Sober Family,
I was deeply saddened and shocked to hear the news of Leslie’s passing. I have such great memories from when we lived together at Penn State. She was a wonderful friend and truly had a heart of gold. I can only imagine the depth of your pain. I pray that God gives you strength and you find peace from all the memories you hold in your heart.
With Love, Christine Renkert Steiner
Christine Steiner
Classmate
December 8, 2020
Mr. & Mrs. Sober,
Again, I want to express my deepest sympathy for the loss of your beautiful daughter. Although it was due to very sad circumstances, it was nice to have met you and to learn a little bit about Leslie. It is comforting to me to know who rests in peace next to my Ryan. I believe that had they known each other here on Earth, they would have been great friends and had a lot of laughs together.

As a side note, my brother knew who you were immediately Mr. Sober. Harry and my sister Joyce were both in your class.

Sincerely,
Janice Humes Zubrin
Janice Humes Zubrin
Acquaintance
December 5, 2020
Leslie was a bright light, a compassionate and loving woman, and a dedicated and highly skilled professional. She was my student and Chatham and I had the pleasure of traveling with her to Haiti in 2000 - I will always treasure the memories from that trip. Leslie will always have a special place in my heart - she was truly a treasure and will be missed by so many. May sweet memories sustain you during this time. Joyce Salls
Joyce Salls
December 4, 2020
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Marcia Ceraso
December 3, 2020
Leslie made the days of so many brighter. Keep smiling down on us. God bless.
Christy Neltner
Friend
December 2, 2020
It is with a very heavy heart that we learned of Leslie’s passing. We have so many memories of all the times we spent together as she and our girls grew up through church, school, and community. Our deepest sympathies to her family in this difficult time. You will continue to be in our prayers.
Dan and Paulette Lege
December 2, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the family... I have worked with Leslie for 4 years at The Children's Institute and she will be missed! I am happy that I had the opportunity to get to know her over the years. An abundance of prayers being sent your way.... Christy Shaffer
Christy Shaffer
Coworker
December 2, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Our daughters grew up and went thru school with Leslie. Our sympathy goes out to all who knew and loved her.
Lorraine Fabry
Friend
December 2, 2020
Bud and Mary Ellen,

Polly and I wish to express our sincere sympathy and condolences to you for the loss of your beautiful daughter Leslie.
Jim and Polly Mayuric
December 2, 2020
Leslie was my closest friend through grade school and high school. She was full of beauty and light and she made me a better person - she made everyone she touched a better person. I will forever treasure the special friendship we had and I will be holding on tightly to the memories we made together. Words cannot express the sadness in my heart, but I know that she is now in heaven shining her bright light upon us. My heartfelt love, prayers and condolences to the entire family.
Michelle (Potter) Keating
Friend
December 2, 2020
Leslie was my closest friend growing up through grade school and high school. She was one of the best people I have ever known and she made me be a better person - I think she made everyone she touched a better person. She was full of beauty and light and I will forever treasure the special friendship we had. I will be holding onto our fond memories tightly! Words cannot express the sadness in my heart, but I know she is in heaven and will be forever shining bright upon us. My heartfelt love, prayers and condolences to the entire family.
Michelle (Potter) Keating
Friend
December 2, 2020
To the Sober and Paat families: what a beautiful tribute to your dear Leslie. I had the pleasure of meeting Leslie at Chatham and remained connected with her through the occupational therapy community. The world is a bit dimmer today. Please know that many mourn with you and I, at least, will try to make the world a better place in Leslie’s memory. With my deepest, heartfelt sympathy, Cathy Dolhi
Cathy Dolhi
Friend
December 1, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Kathleen
December 1, 2020
Leslie was a lifelong friend and one of the best people I ever knew. Words cannot express the sadness that I feel at her passing. Leslie's joy and enthusiasm were infectious. Our world may be a bit darker, but the heavens just got a little brighter. She will be greatly missed by all those who were blessed to call her a friend. My most sincere and deepest sympathies to her family (also some of the best people I ever knew), whom she greatly adored. May God's peace and comfort be with all of you.
Mark Vigna
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