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Margaret M. Leach

May 25, 1915 January 17, 2007
Margaret M. Leach
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Margaret M. Leach St. Albans - Margaret M. Leach, 91, a longtime area resident, passed away on Wednesday January 17, 2007, at the Franklin County Rehab Center with her loving family at her side. She was born in Wausau, Wisconsin on May 25, 1915, the daughter of the late Arthur and Clara (Kimps) Graebel. She came to St. Albans in 1939 as a nanny and met Arnold W. Leach. They were married on December 18, 1941, at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church parsonage. After their marriage, Arnold entered World War II and Margaret worked in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Pratt & Whitney Plant. Arnold preceded her in death on January 5, 1987. Margaret was a sixty-five year member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and the Phi Alpha Class. She was a member of Welden Chapter #79, Order of Eastern Star and was active with the Campfire Girls and Boy Scouts of America. Margaret will be remembered for her great wit, gardening, her Christmas bread and sewing projects. She was an avid reader and enjoyed puzzles. Survivors include her son, James A. Leach and his wife, Donna of Burlington, her daughter, Barbara A. Trushaw and her husband, Stephen of Swanton, her grandchildren, Kristin Wildman and her husband, Davis of Essex, Michael Leach and his partner, Christie Randall of Colchester, Kyle Trushaw and his wife, Robin of Highgate and Ellen Conger and her husband, Shane of Highgate, her sister, Jean Kuchenbecker and her husband, Morris of Neenah, Wisconsin, sister-in-law, Pauline Graebel of Manitowac, Wisconsin, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends and neighbors. In addition to her parents and her husband, Margaret was preceded in death by her brothers, Lawrence Graebel and Lester Graebel, her brother-in-law, Clark Harrington Leach and her sisters-in-law, Clara Graebel, Marguerite Leach and Mary Leach. Margaret’s family would like to thank the staff at the Holiday House Assisted Living Facility and the Franklin County Rehab Center for the care given Margaret during her illness. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2007, at 11:00 A.M. in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Church Street with the Reverend Herman Benjamin, Pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and the Reverend Reid Farrell, Rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church co-officiating. Interment will be this spring in the family lot in the St. Albans Bay Cemetery. Margaret’s family will receive friends on Friday from 4-7 PM at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Vermont Department of Libraries, Special Services Unit, 578 Paine Turnpike North, Berlin, Vermont 05602 or the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows , St. Albans, Vermont 05478. Messages of condolence are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

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