ANDOVER– Lena Elizabeth “Liz” Leonard, 83, passed away peacefully on Friday (May 6, 2016) at Wellsville Manor.Liz was born on June 11, 1932 at home on Lever Hill Road in Andover to Clark A. and Louise K. (Will) Bridge. She attended Andover Central School and later went to St. Bonaventure University School of Nursing where she received her LPN degree. On June 20, 1951, Liz married Herbert Leonard, who predeceased her on November 22, 1993. Liz worked for many years at Bethesda Hospital in Hornell. She also owned and operated the Bridal Boutique in Andover where she assisted many people with their bridal gowns, prom dresses, and tuxedos.
Liz is survived by a son, Robert John Leonard of Fort Wayne, In.; two daughters, Barbara Y. (Robert) Goodrich of Avoca, and Beverly Jo (Mark) Butler of Hornell; nine grandchildren, Michael R. (Jessica) Leonard, Matthew H. (Elizabeth) Leonard, Jonathan K. Leonard, Nickolas R. Leonard, Elizabeth A. Leonard, Ryan A. Goodrich, Kristen A. (Michael) Ciccarelli, Kasandra L. Updyke, and Britney L. Updyke; and six great grandchildren, Emalee Leonard, Faith M. Goodrich, Olivia M. Ciccarelli, Carson R. Ciccarelli, Brynn K. Hunt, and Braylee K. Hunt.
In addition to her husband, Liz was predeceased by an infant son, Raymond Herbert Leonard, a brother and sister-in-law, John C. and Elizabeth L. Bridge, and a great grandchild, Bryson T.T. Hunt.
Liz helped many children on their way in music by teaching piano lessons in the Leonard’s School of Music, in Andover. She played upright bass in Herb Leonard’s Orchestra along with other area musicians such as Charlie Pitts, Oliver Kemp, and Carlyle Carmody. The ensemble was quite popular at Round and Square Dancing events at many venues including Lake Demmon near Howard in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
As well as making music Liz and Herb loved working on projects together. They built from scratch two Andover houses where they made a loving home for their family for many years.
Liz was a life-long member of Andover Presbyterian Church. She was a Session Member and served in this ministry as an Ordained Elder. Liz also gave some of her time as Treasurer of the United Presbyterian Women and she was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
There will be a time of visitation from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at Baker-Swan Funeral Home, Andover. The funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Andover Presbyterian Church with Rev. Christian Mattison, officiating. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery in Andover. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.