After nearly 74 years of marriage, Catherine Leonard, 96, and Arnold Leonard, 95, passed away on March 6th, 2019, and July 16th, 2019, respectively, at Laclede Groves in Webster Groves, Missouri. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 7, 2019 at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City. Father Richard L. Piontkowski will officiate the mass. Burial will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Loup City with military honors by the Loup City American Legion Post 48. Visitation will be held one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church or donor’s choice.
Catherine Odell (John) Leonard was born on August 10th, 1922 to Edward and Priscilla (Zocholl) John in Loup City, Nebraska. After graduating from Kearney State Teachers' College, she married Arnold Leonard on July 12th, 1945 at St. Josaphat Catholic Church in Loup City. After their marriage, Arnold and Catherine resided in Arapahoe, Superior and Omaha, Nebraska; Webster Groves, Missouri; Overland Park, Kansas; Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and Mesa, Arizona.
In addition to her care of her home and family, Catherine was a Home Economics teacher in both Nebraska and Michigan. Serving her church was important to her, and she was an active member of both Altar Societies and Bereavement Committees throughout her life. She was a very accomplished woman who lived life with enthusiasm. Her family benefited from that, along with her loving care and attention.
Arnold George Leonard was born on February 4th, 1924 to Vere and Nellie (Eberhart) in North Loup, Nebraska. After attending Kearney State Teachers' College, and during his service to his country with the US Navy during WWII, Arnold married Catherine (John) Leonard on July 12th, 1945 at St. Josaphat Catholic Church in Loup City, Nebraska. He received his Master's Degree from Indiana University, afterwards teaching and coaching in Arapahoe and Superior High Schools in Nebraska.
Arnold enjoyed a long career as an insurance executive for Traveler's Insurance Company. After retiring, he and Catherine spent 21 years living in Mesa, Arizona, and their last 12 years in Webster Groves, Missouri. A devoted father and grandfather, he was always very interested in his family's lives.
They are survived by their daughters; Constance (Donald) Brown of Charlottesville, Virginia, and Christine (Kevin) Raquepaw of St. Louis, Missouri; their grandchildren; Catie Eichman, Annemarie McKee Brown, Julia Farill, Edward Brown, Lilah, Adele and John Raquepaw, and their great grandchildren, Evangeline and Graham Eichman, and Orianna and Oscar Farill.
Arnold and Catherine were preceded in death by their daughter Catherine (Cay) Bayer, wife of Donald Bayer and Catherine's brother and sister-in-law, Bill (Barbara) John.