McGarry, Jeanmarie (nee Leonard) Born June 13, 1955 in Chicago, IL to Alice Power and Thomas Leonard. Passed away on March 16, 2007. Jeanne graduated from Loyola Marymount University (1977) with a B.A. She had careers as a paralegal, travel agent, and preschool educator. Her boys were first and foremost in her life. Jeanne was also the consummate hostess to family and friends. In Jeanne's house, everyone became part of the family. Whether cuddling newborns, giving special time to preschoolers, welcoming and feeding teenagers, acting as the social hub and event planner for friends, or tending to the needs of the older folks in her life, Jeanne made all feel warmly included in her world. Jeanne also loved the adventure of travel; whether it was a semester abroad, trips to China or Europe, summer and winter jaunts to Mammoth, fun in the sun in Mexico, she was game for it all. An extensive reader and a member of two bookclubs, Jeanne also made many ventures through the written word. Jeanne was the beloved wife of Jim for 22 years; devoted mother of Michael, James, and Matthew; dear sister of Mary Kaye (Bob) Stoltz and Thomas (Linda) Leonard; adored niece of Gerri and Ken Sears, Jack and Darlene Power; and a cherished sister-in-law, aunt, and cousin. Since November of 2005, Jeanne bravely waged a quiet war against an unrelenting breast cancer. She fought her foe valiantly and with dignity. We know we will greatly miss her and will hold Jeanne in our hearts as a brilliant example of a life well-lived. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Friday, March 23, 2007 at 6pm at St. Lawrence Martyr Church, 1900 Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach 90277 (310-540-0329). Reception to follow services. Donations in Memory of Jeanne McGarry may be made to: Jonsson Cancer Center at UCLA, Box 951780 Factor Building, Room 8-950; Los Angeles, CA 90095-1780 (310-206-0675) or to: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Fwy Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244 (888-888-3317).

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  1. Dear McGarry Family: I am so sorry at the loss of your mother and wife. I got to know Jeanne as a member of the Happy Hour Book Club. I loved and admired Jeanne for her wisdom and her suggestions about the books she recommended to us. One in particular was Gonzalez and Daughter Trucking Company, I loved that book! When she faciliated our meeting, she came prepared with information about how a Book Club had been statred at a womens prison. There was a special connection with Jeanne through our love for reading. She will live forever in our hearts. With deepest sympathy. Aida Bergloff

  2. Jim, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that I will be praying for you and your children at this time of loss. Jim Crowley

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