Anna Leonard, 81, Belmond, died Jan. 10, 2021 at Iowa Specialty Hospital -Belmond. A service is being planned for early June. Ewing Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Anna Marie was born June 1, 1939 in Fort Dodge to Mary and Jerry Irvine. She graduated from Otho Township High School in 1957 and married Patrick Leonard on June 5, 1957. Anna and Pat had four children. They moved from Fort Dodge to St. Cloud, MN in 1974.
Anna held many jobs over the years in addition to raising her children. One of her greatest professional accomplishments was opening a successful seasonal ice cream parlor in the Brainerd lakes area.
Anna loved to travel, play cards with her friends, work Sudoku puzzles, ride her bike, and swim. She was known for her kitchen skills. Few things made her happier than cooking and baking for everyone around her.
Anna moved back to Iowa in 2007 and made Belmond her home. She formed many friendships and served on the board of Elderbridge Agency on Aging and on the Parish Life Council at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. She founded a grief group that met in Clarion, started a community garden, and founded the OSRM Community Room. Anna was a passionate advocate for elder care. When she wasn’t personally caring for the elderly, she participated in bringing awareness to the need for elder services.
Shortly after moving to Belmond, Anna found her true calling as an actress, playing the role of the “richest woman in Iowa” in the film “Reunion”. She followed that with several other roles in local productions, yet somehow, the Academy ignored her during awards season.
Anna was preceded in death by her husband; sister Jean Aney; and niece Shanna Behyl.
She is survived by daughters Cindy Leonard of Hudson, WI, Jaci Hommerding (Scott Johnson) of Cold Spring, MN, and Patti White (Chris) of Olympia, WA; son Matt Leonard (Jennifer Bull) of New Richmond, WI; grandsons Bryan (Sarah) Corbett, Andrew (Jessica Moertel) Corbett, Clay Hommerding, and Ronan White; granddaughter Natalie Corbett; great-grandson Lucas Corbett; sister Cynthia (Jack) Pogge; and brothers Tom (Mary) Irvine and Jerry “Mike” (Marsha) Irvine.