Joan Leonard, 88, of St. Charles passed away at her home on February 20, 2021 surrounded by her five loving children.
Joan was born and raised in Barrington, IL with her sister, Carol. She attended the University of Illinois in Champaign where she majored in Education. While there, she caught the eye of her future husband, Robert Leonard, at a Sigma Pi fraternity mixer and the two were blissfully married for 54 years until Bob’s passing in 2006.
Joan dedicated her married life to her family, first in North Aurora and then St. Charles. Her professional passion was swimming instruction as a certified Water Safety Instructor; she taught thousands of children in her backyard pool over the course of 50 years, including this past summer.
Joan was an active member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Geneva and very involved in the community. She co-founded the Fox Valley Alumnae Club of Alpha Gamma Delta (serving as vice president) and donated her time to the Kiwanis Club and Lazarus House. One of the few times she could sit still was on the lanai of her Kona condominium to watch the whales pass by.
In addition to her five children, Jeff (Nancy), Peter (Sabine), John, Jennifer Comperda (Ken) and Perry (Jean), Joan is survived by eight (and a half) grandchildren and three (and a half) great grandchildren.
Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit www.symondsmadison.com.