Marie Leanos

Marie Leanos

Saturday, July 4th, 1936 - Tuesday, March 5th, 2019
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Marie Leanos, 82, of Waco, passed away on March 5, 2019 at her home surrounded by friends and loved ones after a seven-month battle with Pancreatic Cancer. A Rosary and funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 9820 Chapel Road, Waco with Rev. James Ekeocha and Rev. Rakshaganathan Selvaraj presiding.

Marie was born on July 4, 1936 in Chicago, Ill to Isidore & Marion Epifani. Her father owned a very popular Restaurant called the Jolly Inn. Time spent in the Jolly Inn helped shape her love and appreciation for cooking. Marie moved to California when she was eleven years old and attended Sacred Heart of Mary in Montebello, California and Woodbury College in Los Angeles.
She worked for 15 years for Pacific Telephone Company as an operator, seven years at St. Madeline Catholic School as a music teacher, two years for Bonita Unified School District as an elementary school librarian, and 18 years for Saint Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Community in Walnut, CA as the parish business manager. While working for Pacific Telephone Company she joined the company chorus called The Bell Tones. While in the Bell Tones she made life-long friends while doing what she loved best, singing.
In 2007, Marie retired and moved to Antioch, California where she was active in her parish choir and volunteered at Kaiser Hospital. In 2011, Marie moved to Waco, Texas, where she was active at St. Jerome Catholic Church and volunteered at Hillcrest Hospital.

Marie was devoted to her family and her Catholic faith. She had a beautiful and professional singing voice and a great enthusiasm for performing in church choirs her entire life. She was a founding member of the St. Jerome Sunday Supper Club, which holds themed dinners every month. She was a vibrant and active woman who will be sorely missed by all those who knew her and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Isidore & Marion Epifani, and her nephew Joseph Epifani.

She is survived by her children, sons, Stephen Leanos, John Leanos and Louis Leanos; daughter, Giana Leanos-Lomenzo and son-in-law, Ken Lomenzo; grandchildren, Giorgianna Lomenzo, Giancarla Lomenzo, Kenneth Lomenzo and Camino Leanos. She is also survived by her siblings and their families, brothers, Louis Epifani and sister-in-law, Irene Epifani and Richard Epifani and sister-in-law, Leonora (Sue) Epifani; sister, Norina Whittingham and brother-in-law, William (Bill) Whittingham; nephews, Ed Epifani and William (Billy) Whittingham; nieces, Gina and Valerie and William (Billy) Whittingham.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    St. Jerome Catholic Church
    9620 Chapel Rd
    Waco , TX 76712
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    Rosary Service
  • Service

    Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Jerome Catholic Church
    9620 Chapel Rd
    Waco , TX 76712
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Posted at 07:14pm
My condolences to the family of Marie Leanos. May your loved one rest in peace. Jehovah God and his son, Jesus Christ promises in the Bible, will soon be fulfilled on a peaceful new world. (Psalm 37:10, 11, 29) Growing old and dying will be remove forever. Revelation 21:3-5 (

Jun, Nuca and Shaneil Dalton

Posted at 03:48pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Nancy Merrill

Posted at 05:33pm
Louie - Randy and I are heart broken at the loss of dear Marie. She always had a smile on her face and a song in her heart. She will always be remembered as a wonderful lady and friend. Blessings, Randy and Nancy Merrill

Debbie Kreder

Posted at 03:16pm
Louie, James and I are heart broken to hear of your dear mother's passing. I didn't know her long, but I know she is in heaven and having the time of her life. God Bless You and your family. James & Debbie Kreder

Barbara Moody

Posted at 03:16pm
RIP my feisty, loving, faithful friend. I hope you meet my mama up there. I know you'd be fast friends... and maybe you could teach her to sing. I am so grateful to have known you. Alll My Love,
Barbara Moody

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