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Leona St. Pierre Dandeneau, 100, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, aunt and friend, peacefully passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, at her home.

She was born in Fall River, Mass.

Leona had a passion for family and friends, and especially enjoyed playing all kinds of cards and board games.

Her home was always filled with family and friends. This value was instilled in her children and all who knew her. Leona was dedicated to serving her faith and community. She volunteered more than 30 years for Meals on Wheels and for the MS Swimming Exercise Program. As a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Providence, R.I., she was a religious education teacher for Down syndrome children and a CYO adviser, and assisted with many other parish activities. She was an avid bowler into her 80s, league secretary and league president for many years. She will be always remembered for her laughter and her kind and compassionate spirit.

Leona was preceded in death by her parents, Adelard St. Pierre and Adeline Poissant; her husband, Joseph E. Dandeneau; her daughter, Jeanne Willis; and her sisters Rhea, Theresa and Bernadette.

She is survived by her daughter, Claire, of Penn Run; and her sons, Edmond (Mary), of Dayton, Ohio; Denis (Suzanne), of Greenville, S.C.; and Ernest (Lorraine), of Easley, S.C.; son-in-law Richard Willis, of Fredericksburg, Va.; and 11 grandchildren: Nathan, Suzanne, Sheila, Sharon, Elizabeth, Christine, Lori, David, Keith, Brian and Denise. She enjoyed her 25 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter. She inspired us all to live a life of faith, service, love and laughter.

Visitation will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday at John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas More University Parish. A private burial ceremony will be held at St. Bernard Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association ( in honor of Leona.