On Saturday, November 30th, 2019, Leona (St. Pierre) Dandeneau, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, aunt, and friend passed away peacefully at home at the age of 100. She was born in Fall River, MA.
Leona had a passion for family and friends, especially enjoyed playing all kinds of cards and board games. Her home was always filled with family and friends. This value was instilled in her children and all who knew her. Leona was dedicated to serving her faith and community. She volunteered for over 30 years for Meals on Wheels and for the MS Swimming Exercise program. As a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Providence RI, she was a religious education teacher for Down Syndrome children, CYO Advisor, and assisted with many other parish activities. She was an avid bowler into her 80’s, league secretary as well as league president for many years. She will be always remembered for her laughter and her kind and compassionate spirit.
Leona is preceded in death by parents, Adelard St. Pierre and Adeline Poissant, her husband, Joseph E. Dandeneau, her daughter, Jeanne Willis, and her sisters, Rhea, Theresa and Bernadette.
She is survived by her daughter, Claire of Penn Run, PA and her sons, Edmond (Mary) of Dayton, OH, Denis (Suzanne) of Greenville, SC, Ernest (Lorraine) of Easley, SC, and son-in-law Richard Willis of Fredericksburg, VA. She has 11 grandchildren, Nathan, Suzanne, Sheila, Sharon, Elizabeth, Christine, Lori, David, Keith, Brian, and Denise. She enjoyed her 25 great grandchildren and a great-great granddaughter. She inspired us all to live a life of faith, service, love and laughter.
Visitation will be held from 8:30am-9:30am on Monday December 9, 2019 at the John A Lefdahl Funeral Home followed by a 10:00am Funeral Mass that will be held at St. Thomas More University Parish. A private burial ceremony will be held at St Bernard Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association (https://www.alz.org) in honor of Leona.
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