Joan M. Leach

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414 E. Main Street New Washington OH 44854 2/14/2012 17:00:00

New Washington OH 44854 2/15/2012 11:00:00

Joan M. Leach, age 72, resident of rural North Auburn, Ohio passed away on Friday, February 10, 2012 at the James Cancer Center in Columbus, Ohio. She was born on April 20, 1939 in Norwalk, Ohio to the late Ralph Sr. and Dorothy (Meyer) Kraft and had been a North Auburn resident the majority of her life. She was a member of the the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in New Washington and enjoyed yardwork, flower gardening, cooking, camping with her grandchildren, taking care of others and finding tasks for her husband.
She is survived by her husband, Gayle M. Leach, whom she married on August 8, 1959; four children, Annette Leach (Lee) Jamison of Mishawaka, IN; Thomas (Angela) Leach of Plain City, OH; Dale (Candace) Leach of Tiro, OH; and Mark (Crystal) Leach of Toledo, OH; six grandchildren, Joshua, Kassandra, Jacob, Patrick, Jenna and Mackenzie; a sister, Marie Meagrow of Norwalk; and a sister-in-law, Mary Kraft of Texas.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by three brothers, Ralph Jr., Robert and Bernard Kraft; two sisters-in-laws, Marie and Mildred Kraft; and a brother-in-law, Richard Meagrow.
Friends may call at the Secor Funeral Home in New Washington, Ohio on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church with Father Eric Culler officiating. Burial will follow in Mother of Sorrows Catholic Cemetery in North Auburn, Ohio. Memorial contributions can be made to the Habitat for Humanity. Online condolences can be made at


betty and duane longenette - Feb 18, 2012

Gayle,annette,tom,dale and mark, Joan was a cousin, but one of the best friends I ever had. She is with God now and all her brothers and her parents. Will never forget her.

Sally & Phil Niedermier - Feb 15, 2012

You and your family have our deepest symonthy. Joan was always a happy person and very pleasant to be around. She will certainly be misssed. We are praying for you and your family.

Leah (Jaynes)Kaple - Feb 14, 2012

Gayle and family. I am sorry to hear of Joans passing. I am not in Ohio now I am working in Kentucky and I won’t make it back in time for Joans calling hours. My prayers are with you and your family.

Holly McCormick & Familiy - Feb 13, 2012

Mark, Crystal & Girls,
My condolences to you all. Keeping you in my thoughts & prayers.

Nancy Snyder and Family - Feb 13, 2012

Uncle Gayle and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I know Dad, Uncle Handy and Uncle Bernie were there to welcome Aunt Joan with open arms. She will be greatly missed by us all.
With Love,
Rod, Nancy, Stacy, Charlie, Holly, Bobby and Sabrina

Vicki (Fackler) Moore - Feb 13, 2012

Praying for the whole family that you know God’s peace and comfort during this time. I have wonderful memories of Joan. Growing up as neighbors, she would always welcome me into her home with love.

Chris Daniel - Feb 13, 2012

Gayle & family, My deepest sympathy to your family on the death of Joan. I remember you both as good neighbors while I lived next to you on Young Rd. I know that your strong faith, and love of family and friends will be a comfort to you at this time. Chris Daniel, Rutland, Massachusetts.

Tom McCarthy Jr. - Feb 13, 2012

Gayle and family. Our deepest condolences to you for you loss. It saddens me to hear of Joan’s passing, I know her presence hear will be missed by us all. I smile though knowing well that she is in Gods hands now and that she will be keeping an eye on all whom she loved. Our hearts and prayers are with all of you also!

Mr.&Mrs. Ed Jones and Family - Feb 13, 2012

Annette, Lee, and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families, Praying God will comfort and strenghthen you at this difficult time.
Love Ed and Linda Jones and family

Jules - Feb 12, 2012

My dear friend Joan, I cried and cried for you until I realized that you are now in the palm of God’s hand. He did not take you, He received you into His glory. You are healed and blessed and happy. I pray for your family who has also felt like my family for a long time now and will continue to. Gayle, what a blessing it has been to know you and Joan and your family. God bless you so much.

Christopher Kraft & Family - Feb 12, 2012

UncleGayle and Family God bless all of you and our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you.Chris,Bell,Monique,Tracy&Kalli.Andrews,Texas

Rebecca, Kimbell and Jason Brown - Feb 11, 2012

UncleGayle and Cousins, my heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you. She’s with Dad now. Bless you all.

John & Connie Fackler - Feb 11, 2012

Gayle & family. Was so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing still relive our times at North Auburn. Connie was especially glad for the short visit in Mansfield with the both of you.

Bernie Kraft Jr - Feb 11, 2012

Uncle Gayle ,Annette, Tom, Dale, and Mark; my family’s thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. But I know in my heart that Dad, Uncle Bob, and Uncle Handy was there to welcome Aunt Joan to heaven
God bless you all,
Bernie Jr.,Bertha, Zak, and Cassie Kraft
Midland, Texas

Tom & Mary McCarthy - Feb 10, 2012

Gayle and Kids.
When I heard of Joans passing this morning I spent the first half hour in tears. Once my shock wore off I turned to thinkng of all of you and that lead to all the great times our families shared through the years. Know that our hearts and prayers are with you at this time. We will see you on Wednesday.

Ed and Debbie Kraft - Feb 10, 2012

Joan, you will be missed by everyone that knew you. Your family was a constant in my life with your visits to the house on Halfway Road. Our hearts go out to Gayle, Annette, Tom, Dale and Mark and their families at this time of loss. Joan, you are now in a better place. Say hello to Handy, Bob, Bernie and your favorite Uncle for us.