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Tillie Leonard, age 79, passed away peacefully Monday evening, Oct. 25, 2010, at Otsego Manor, after a short but determined battle with cancer.
Born Sept. 19, 1931, in the Borough of Richmond of New York City, she was a daughter of Rose Mildred Piatoff and George Abraham Freid.
In 1966, Tillie met her future husband, William Francis Leonard, at a bowling alley, and they were married on Feb. 2, 1969, in Summit, N.J. Bill and Till, as they were affectionately known, moved to Cooperstown soon after, and enjoyed 41 years together.
Tillie was a very talented person who enjoyed painting ceramics, sewing, reading, and volunteering. She sewed all of the curtains in her home, made many gifts for friends and family, and was extremely creative and handy in her ability to fix household items.
Tillie was very organized with her bills and paperwork and enjoyed correspondence with many friends.
Tillie loved animals, and had several dogs throughout her lifetime. She and her husband enjoyed showing Ginger at SPCA dog shows.
Tillie leaves behind her beloved Suzie, Casey; and her late husband’s dog, Shadow, all of whom have found new homes.
Tillie was a hard worker, working up until the day she fell and was diagnosed with lung cancer, this past June.
Some of her later employers included the finance department of Bassett Healthcare, the former Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, the former J.J. Newberry Company on Main Street in Cooperstown, DiMaggio’s Cooperstown Hot Dog and Grill, and Cooperstown Dreams Park.
Many local students will remember her working as a substitute teacher’s aide for the Cooperstown School District, a job she truly enjoyed as she loved talking with teenagers and helping them.
She also volunteered with local elections, prepared refreshments for the monthly meetings of the Cooperstown Fire Department, and was a regular patron of the Village Library of Cooperstown.
Tillie is survived by her stepson, Kenneth, who she raised since he was 14 years old, and his wife, Patricia, of Davenport; stepgrandchildren, Kathy Charette of British Columbia, Robert Leonard of Herkimer, Kira Leonard of West Laurens, Kalenna  Tripple of Mohawk, HettyMattice of Williamsport, Pa., Mary Mattice of Statesville, N.C., and Russell and William Mattice of Oneonta, and their families; 12 stepgreatgrandchildren; nieces, Leslie Piekarz and Wendy Freid and their families; and a nephew, Greg Freid. She also leaves behind good neighbors and countless friends and former co-workers.
She was predeceased by her husband, William, who died Jan.15, 2010; her brother, Jacob Freid, her sister, Freida Dougherty, and nephews, Roy and Norman Dougherty.
Calling hours were at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010.
A graveside service will be offered at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, in the Freid Family Plot in the Congregation B’Nai Israel section of United Hebrew Cemetery, 122 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island, with Rabbi Dr. Judah Newberger officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tillie’s memory to her charity of choice, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. For online donations, please go to www. stjude.org/tribute, or for assistance by phone, please call 1-800-873-6983.
Online condolences may be sent by going to www. thedailystar.com, clicking on “Obituaries,” and then clicking on Tillie’s obituary.
Tillie would like to thank the wonderful doctors, nurses, and employees of Bassett Medical Center, Bassett Cancer Institute, Otsego Manor, Cooperstown Emergency Squad, and Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care for the care and attention she received. Much thanks to the neighbor and friend who mowed her lawn and cared for her dogs, and, therefore, eased her mind. Also, the cards, phone calls, and visits she received from friends and neighbors really helped lift her spirits.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  October 28, 2010
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