Dr. Kathleen Dellanoce Leonard




Raleigh - Kathleen Dellanoce Leonard; Ed.D., passed away peacefully and with great dignity on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at her home at King’s Ridge in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was 71 years old. Kathleen was the daughter of the late, Joseph and Lucy Dellanoce of Pomona, New Jersey.

Dr. Leonard was reared in Pomona, NJ on her parent’s farm. During adulthood, she resided close-by for many years; raising her family and conducting her teaching career locally before relocating to Raleigh in retirement. Kathleen was affiliated with the School District of Galloway Township NJ, as a noted Kindergarten teacher for 25 years. She enjoyed an illustrious career in elementary education which was earmarked with numerous achievements and accomplishments. Her professional reputation was punctuated by accolades and words of gratitude from colleagues, parents, and her students. One testament to her teaching impact occurred when Dr. Leonard was contacted by a curious college administrator who explained that a highly qualified applicant had referred to her during a competitive scholarship interview; citing that his absolute love of learning had been developed in Kindergarten by a teacher named Kathleen Leonard! Another student, now a young adult, described her Kindergarten year as “filled with the wonder and magic that only a consummate teacher, like Dr. Leonard, could provide.” In essence, teaching was both her passion and delight.

Dr. Leonard held a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education (1967) and a Master of Arts degree in Education (1992) from Glassboro State College; now Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ. She earned a Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University; Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1996.

Kathleen is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law. They are Anthony and Rhonda Leonard of Raleigh, NC; and David and Erien Leonard of Apex, NC. She is also survived by her beloved grandchild; Fiona L. Leonard of Raleigh. Kathleen also leaves four siblings; Gloria J. Colasurdo of Hammonton, NJ; Joseph A. Dellanoce of Galloway Township, NJ; Dr. Robert Dellanoce of Lewes, DE; and Theresa L. Jones of Brigantine, NJ. Ten loving nieces and nephews deeply mourn and miss their incomparable “Aunt Kathy”.

Kathleen pursued various interests and activities during her lifetime. As an educator, she researched teaching methodologies and techniques particularly for the development of mathematics skills during early childhood. An avid reader, she enjoyed exploring different genres with the company of close friends and sorority sisters in her book clubs. At Church, she supported numerous charitable endeavors and events. She enthusiastically participated in an Alter Guild society as well as a Centering Prayer and meditation group. Kathleen proudly served as a member of Stephen Ministry; a church-based service ministry devoted to assisting others in time of need. In recent years, she transformed the backyard of her lake-view residence into an oasis where she happily observed local water fowl, migrating birds, and small wildlife.

Her measure as a modern woman was exceptional. Scholar, mother, teacher, friend, confidant, and dreamer were some facets of her personal experience. She loved creating fun with - and for -her family and friends. Those who knew her well will recall her extraordinary wit and her talent for humor. She was the epicenter of her family. But clearly, her favorite role was grandmother to her one-and-only Fiona, who called her “Honey”; a title she lovingly embraced.

A memorial service honoring Kathleen Leonard will be held at 11 am, May 6, 2017 at Holland United Methodist Church, 9433 Ten-Ten Road, Raleigh, NC 27603. Her family extends gratitude and thanks to all who expressed caring, compassion, friendship, sympathy, and remembrances.

In lieu of flowers, memorial account #10974007 was established for Dr. Leonard at St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, Department 142, PO Box 1000, Memphis, Tennessee, 38148. www.stjude.org