Funeral services were held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wednesday, August 27, 2008, at 3:00 p.m. at a Mass of Christian Burial for Annie Victoria Schatzle Leonards, 86, who died Sunday, August 24, 2008, in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Lafayette.
Interment was in the St. Leo IV Cemetery in Roberts Cove.
The main celebrant was Rev. Joseph Stemmann, with Most Rev. Michael Jarrell, D.D. presiding.
Surviving are one son, Rev. Martin Charles Leonards, pastor of St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church and St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church, of Duson; two daughters, Cecile Louise Leonards of Rayne, and Jane Frances Leonards of Rayne; two grandchildren, Gerhard “Boo” Leonards LeBlanc of Rayne, Anne Christine LeBlanc Guidry and husband Matthew Guidry of Rayne; two great-granddaughters, Hailey Elizabeth LeBlanc of Rayne and Emma Theresa Guidry of Rayne; two great-grandsons, Hudson Charles LeBlanc of Rayne, and Holden Joseph LeBlanc of Rayne; one son-in-law, Alfred “Popcorn” LeBlanc of Rayne; and one sister, Sophie Schatzle Cramer, of Rayne.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerhard Joseph Leonards; one son, Charles Gerhard Leonards; two daughters, Theresa Ann Leonards LeBlanc and Barbara Mary Leonards; parents, Martin and Frances Schneider Schatzle; and one brother, Joseph F. Schatzle.
She was born Friday, December 9, 1921, in Iota.
Victoria was a 1940 graduate of Vinton High School. She married Gerhard Joseph Leonards on November 27, 1940. Together they had six children. Victoria was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, and embroidering. When her children were in school, she was an officer for St. Joseph High School Mothers School League. Victoria taught Religious Education for many years. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Rayne, No. 844, St. Joseph and St. Leo IV Ladies Altar Society.
Rosaries were recited at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 26, 2008.
Family and friends were received Tuesday, August 26, 2008, from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday, August 27, 2008, from 8:00 a.m. until service.
Arrangements were entrusted to Gossen Funeral Home, Inc. of Rayne.