Joan K. Leidy, 82, of Pioneer passed away Tuesday night at Hillside Country Living in rural Bryan. A very proud Canadian citizen all her life, she was born in Campbellford, Ontario, Canada on January 5, 1932 to Daniel Neil and Gracia Rebecca (LaFontaine) O’Keefe. Joan graduated from Campbellford High School in 1950. On September 21, 1956 she married Bill A. Leidy and he preceded her in death on November 14, 2001.
After high school Joan worked as a dental assistant for four years in Campbellford. In 1954 she moved to Montpelier, Ohio and began working as a surgical assistant at Montpelier Hospital for a short time before becoming a homemaker. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 307 in Pioneer. Joan was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was funny and full of life. She loved to read and dance, especially the Jitterbug. She also was a great swimmer, ice skater and enjoyed listening to music, especially when it came to her husband playing the guitar.
She is survived by three daughters, Laurie (Aaron) Castor of Hillsdale, Michigan, Rae (Kevin) Aschliman of Bellevue, Ohio and Cindy (Darryl) McNamara of Fayette, Ohio; one sister Barbara (Gaston) Boivin of Campbellford, Ontario; ten grandchildren, Kari Sparks, Jared Leidy, Rachel, Nathan and Beth Aschliman, Ashley, Amanda, Daniel, Tristan and Lynsey McNamara; and four great grandchildren, Liam, Rachel, Dilana and Autumn.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill, and three sisters, Colletta Werden, Claire Pella and Wilma Ingram.
Visitation for Joan will be on Saturday September 27th from 11am-4pm at the Thompson Funeral Home in Pioneer. Services will be at 4pm on Saturday at the funeral home with Pastor Eric Burkhardt to officiate. Donations may be made to Community Health Professionals – Hospice.