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CANFIELD Dr. Susan K. Leone, 63, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
Susan was born on Nov. 8, 1949, in Cleveland, to the late Charles and Mary (Valerio) Testa and raised in Campbell.
Susan married Ronald F. Leone on June 19, 1971.
Besides her husband, Ronald, she leaves a daughter, Jennine (Stephen) Micheline of Hubbard; a son, Ronald Leone Jr. of Canfield; a niece, Tarra (Glendon) OHara; grandchildren, Dominic, Gianna, Mia and Vincent Micheline; a great-nephew, Anthony OHara; and her faithful companions, her dogs, Sable and Brutus.
Her parents preceeded her in death.
Susan was a 1967 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and a graduate of Youngstown State University, earning a bachelors and masters degree in Education. She went to receive her Doctorate at Akron University in 1994 in Elementary Curriculum. She had a reading endorsement as a literacy specialist, and held a principal license. Susan retired as an Instructional Consultant from MCESC (July of 2010), and was also a part time faculty member in the Dept. of Teacher Education at YSU since 1989. She taught numerous reading courses, supervised student teachers, and published articles on various literacy topics. She also taught at St. Christines for over 20 years where she received The Golden Apple Award.
Susan was a member of the International Reading Assoc., The Ohio Council of the IRA, Mahoning Valley of the IRA, served as field representative of the Executive Board of OCRIA and past president of the OCRIA. She was honored with the Commitment to Literacy Award by the Mahoning Valley Council of the IRA and was honored by YSUs Beeghly College of Education as an outstanding Alumni. She touched the lives of many elementary students, undergraduate students, preparing to become teachers, and classroom teachers, and inspired them with her love of reading.
She was a member of St. Christine Church where she was a Eucharistic Minister and volunteered for various church functions.
Calling hours will be at the Fabrizio Funeral Home on Thursday, July 11, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 until 9:30 a.m.
Funeral services will be at St. Christine Church on Friday, July 12, 2013, at 10 a.m.
The family is being served by the Fabrizio Funeral Home, 619 E. Indianola Ave., Youngstown, OH 44502.