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January 14, 2018 9:18 am
Dona Brown
Tinytearsbrown@msn.com

  Hello, my husband and I bought a family bible in Nambe MN. It once belonged to Jacob Leisey. It mentions Irene Keller, Minnie may sweigatt, William foltz and a Bertha Leisey. It’s a pretty cool bible. We took it to save it as binding was falling apart. It’s a cool find.
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February 23, 2017 11:19 am
Don and Pat Leisey
delaplus@aol.com

  We are greatly saddened by the passing of our cousin, E. Ruth (Hatfield) Barthlow who was the daughter of my mother's sister Ella (Leidenberger) Hatfield. Ruthie was one of the most pleasant, upbeat, kind, interesting and outstanding individuals I have known and she will be sorely missed. I have always thought of Ruthie as the "Sister I never had." Pat and I will always remember Ruthie and Roy visit to our house in San Rafael, CA on their trip across the USA in the 1990s. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jeff and Kim and their families during this difficult time.

The following is the Obituary for
E. Ruth Barthlow - 1929-2017
E. Ruth Hatfield Barthlow, daughter of Edwin and Ella (Leidenberger) Hatfield, died on January 6, 2017. She was born in Pottstown, PA on January 30, 1929. Ruth was a graduate of Pottstown High School, class of 1946. She was a life member of Grace Lutheran Church in Pottstown. Ruth taught Sunday school there for many years and loved singing church hymns. Ruth was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, joining the Manatawny Chapter in 1984. She was a member of The Historical Preservation Trust of Berks County and the Pottstown Business and Professional Women's Club where she served as Treasurer, Secretary and Vice President. She worked for Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and Pottstown School District as Payroll Clerk and Secretary at the Pottstown Junior High School. She lived with her husband Roy at Oak Crest Retirement Community in Parkville, MD for the last 11 years. She was a wonderful caretaker for Roy many years, and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, siblings and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. nieces and nephews and their growing families. She is predeceased by her husband, Roy Barthlow. She is survived by a son, Jeffrey Barthlow of Baltimore, MD, daughter-in-law, Karen Barthlow, and grandson, John Barthlow, daughter, Kim (Barthlow) Arena of Gorham, ME, son-in-law, Phillip Arena, grandchildren Andrew Arena, Austin Arena and Avery Arena. Internment arrangements will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Grace Luthern Church, 660 North Charlotte Street, Pottstown, PA 19464 in memory of E. Ruth Barthlow.
Published in The Pottstown Mercury on 1/19/17.
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November 18, 2016 10:00 am
Don Leisey
delaplus@aol.com

  Sorry for the delay in posting this Tribute to our Niece, Kathryn Leisey Teague by Don and Pat Leisey

We regret that we are unable to attend the service and celebration of Kathryn's life. Kristen, Kendra and their families join us in paying our respect, love and appreciation for Kathryn and send our condolences to Bill, Trey, Sasha and Al and his family. We treasure the many fond memories we have of Kathryn and our thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones during this difficult time. Fortunately, Kristen and Don had the opportunity to spend time in May with Kathryn and her siblings at Al's house in Elizabethtown, PA.

In receiving the sad news from Randy about Kathryn's passing, numerous fond memories of Kathryn raced through our minds. We had the pleasure of getting more closely acquainted with Kathryn when she was 19 years old and working as a teacher's aide at one of our schools during a summer. She was a very friendly, creative, dynamic, caring vivacious, optimistic, articulate and responsible individual, and posses a marvelous sense of humor. She was highly respected and enjoyed by her peers and students. She had a strong work ethic, was focused and a self-starter. It did not surprise us when she recently received a major promotion in her company, because it was obvious that she was going to be successful in whatever she chose to do in life.

Kathryn loved, enjoyed and valued her family, and was a dedicated, proud and active mother to Trey and Sasha. Whenever we saw her, she reflected with pride about the family in her own very animated and articulate manner. In remembering Kathryn, we are reminded of the words of Henry Wells which we believe are appropriate to her life:
"May we all remember our lives are not measured by the number of years and
days we exist, but by what we accomplish while we do live, and the good we
may render to our fellow man."

Kathryn's accomplishments were numerous throughout her life, and she impacted the lives of many people in a very positive way. She was an inspiration to all of us who were fortunate to know her.

Kathryn's motto appeared to be, "DO GOOD, WORK HARD, HAVE FUN!" She did so much for so many during her short lifetime and will be sorely missed.
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November 18, 2016 9:36 am
Don Leise
delaplus@aol.com

  Sorry for the delay in posting this Tribute to our Niece, Kathryn Leisey Teague.
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August 28, 2016 7:35 am
Kristen Leisey Cauz
kmcauz@aol.com

  Dear Leisey Relatives,
It has been a very, very, very difficult couple of days. I wanted to send our strong condolences to you. I can't even begin to imagine what you are all feeling and dealing with emotionally. Kathy was really something else...

Kathy and I shared a very deep friendship. We were "two peas in a pod" as Kim described it. We could go years without speaking and land back right where we were as if we had seen each other weeks prior. Our conversations were always filled with tons of laughs. Somehow we related to each other on a different level. She was like a big sister to me. I remember the advice she gave me when she lived in California and I was in high school trying to navigate the woes and excitement of dating, boyfriend breakups and all the girlfriend drama. She even helped teach me how to drive the big blue station wagon with brown fake wood down the sides, even though she wasn't supposed to do that. My driving runs were successful until once when I ended up on someone's front lawn, luckily not doing any damage to anything! Something we laughed about over the years! She also had a talent for teaching me about the world of adulthood (even though she was only 19, I think) and was able to get me into "R" rated movies! I enjoyed the Leisey family vacations out west in the RV to Lake Tahoe. I remember Kathy and I always trying to push it. Whether it was trying to stay out later in the evening, hanging out on the docks or using baby oil and foil to try to turn our fair skin into a tan that would never happen! Again another comical memory, not to be forgotten. She was really something else...

I always enjoyed my visits to Phili over the years, seeing her when I came East and when I briefly lived in New Jersey. I loved getting to know Billy from Phili" too. On one visit, Kath took my roommate and I out to the Amish country promising us that we could converse with the Amish, but I think they thought we were crazy California suntan girls and all we did was come back with potted plants, 6 pies and a bunch of bags of nuts to give Billy. We all had a good laugh! She was really something else...

Upon leaving Phili each time I saw Kathy, I tried so hard to mimic that strong, distinctive Pjili accent of hers and bring it home to California with me, but I could not quite master that "caaa" in my throat that was so distinctive of Kathy. She was something else. I will never ever forget her and all the wisdom, laughs and joy she brought to my life. She was really something else...

I will never forget that amazing house you had in Ringwood, New Jersey on the Lake where we had a family reunion. We went out on your rowboat and she introduced me to the band, "Kansas" while we rowed around as she pointed out boys' houses she had crushes on. These were some of the memories I have of Kathy that whenever we got together we laughed about! I can't tell you how much I am soooooo glad I pushed to come back to Philadelphia last May. My health hasn't been the best, but there was something pushing me to come back there on that visit with dad. Now I know what it was. Unfortunately, not the outcome I would have ever wanted.

I am truly devastated. I felt so good finally getting back in touch after years of craziness and surviving
the young years of raising 3 wild boys. Kathy was one of my links to your amazingly big family. I can't help but envy the love and support you have with each other and hope this is helping you through this horrible experience. It is absolutely shocking. I know it seems like we live worlds apart, but please know we are here and would love to keep in touch and would love at any time to have you come for a visit. You have an enormous family with all sorts of generations, it's my hope that some of you can get out west so we can show you around and have some visitors at some point. Please know that we are here and if there is ANYTHING we can do, we would love to help. We would especially love to help Trey and Sasha. If you have any suggestions, please let us know. Much love to all of you as you deal with this horrendous tragedy.

Kathy was really something else. She will forever remain a special part of my heart.

Please know you are ALL in our thoughts and prayers.

Fondly,

Kristen, Steve, Nicklaus, Zackary and Macallan

Kristen Cauz, M.S.
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August 28, 2016 6:39 am
Don Leisey
delaplus@aol.com

  Dear Leiseys,
It is very sad for me to inform you that Kathryn Leisey Teague, age 53, of Philadelphia, PA passed away on Thursday morning, August 25. Please keep her husband, Bill, son, Try and daughter, Sasa in your prayes. Kathy was the daughter of Alvin and the late Mary Helen Leisey of Elizabethtown, PA. She will be sorely missed.
As additional information is received, it will be posted on the Family Discussion Board at:
leiseyfamily.com.
Sadly,
Don Leisey
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August 05, 2016 6:28 pm
Jeremy D Arment
ja5838@yahoo.com

  I am a Leisey descendant, through Joseph & Sophia's son George. George married Barbara Miller, as son Israel's death certificate lists her maiden name as Miller. Am on the hunt for her parents & am wondering if the Miller girls George's brothers married are sisters to Barbara. The Susanna Miller who was witness to George & Barbara's dauther Susanna, vaptism may have been another sister. Hoping Miller can be added to Barbara's name in the database.
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June 29, 2016 4:23 pm
Robert Waller
xfire0879@gmail.com

  Trying to help friends and team members of Fred W. Brown. If You are not related to Fred, please accept my sincere apologies. Following is a post from a USAF RED HORSE Team member.

Taps: Fred W. Brown. Served May 68 to May 69 with the 556th CES RED HORSE Squadron. I don't have an obituary and not much luck searching online. He retired after more than 20 years as a SMsgt. Went on to become Range Supervisor at White Sands Test Range. Also published four books of a semi sci-fi nature. RIP Fred Brown. He was living in either Portland, Oregon or somewhere in Washington state.
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June 23, 2016 9:12 pm
Don Leisey
delaplus@aol.com

  Dear Family and Friends,
I returned on Tuesday, May 31 from a wonderful 10 day trip to Pennsylvania for meetings at West Chester University and visiting family and friends. Unfortunately, there is neer enough time to visit everyone that I would enjoy seeing. Our oldest daughter, Kristen Cauz joined me on the last five days of my trip. Kristen is always a lot of fun to travel with, but her high energy level in wanting to see and do everthing wears this old man out at times. It is always fun returning to and reminiscing my childhood in Honey Brook, college days at West Chester and the first five years of my career as an educator in Chester Coungty - three at East Fallowfield School outside of Coatesville and two years as a principal of Beaver Creek School in Downingtown.

Kristen and I enjoyed attending the traditional Honey Brook Memorial Day Parade. The Parade has been taking place annually for over 70 years starting when I was a child and we decorated our bicycles and rode in the Parade. This year's Memorial Day Parade featured my 93 year old brother, Alvin seated on a Float entered by the Honey Brook Methodist Church honoring Veterans past and present. There were pictures on the side of the Float of Alvin, who was wounded twice and received a Purple Heart as a Marine in World War II, and my brother, Melvin Leisey (deceased) who also served in World War II as a Navy Gunnery Mate on a LST in the Battle of Normandy. Go to the right side of the Home Page and click on "Pictures" under Galleries to see Alvin riding on the Float and Melvin's and Alvin's pictures on the side of the Float. Click on the picture to enlarge. Thanks to Teresa Gordon DiPietro for taking the picture and to Ron Leisey for distributing it.

Let us always remember those who have protected our freedoms by serving in our military.

Some other highlights of my Trip were: Attending the Honey Brook Methodist Church where I spent a lot of time during my youth. Spending several days with my brother Alvin who turned 93 years old on May 10. Having lunch with my sister-in-law, Kathryn Leisey (Melvin's wife), and Larry and Linda Leisey, and lunch with some of my classmates from high school; attending Alvin's wonderful Birthday Celebration with four generations of his family in attendance, namely: daughter, LaLoni Bryan, husband, Clark and family; daughter Mary Ellen Baker and family; and daughter, Kathryn Teague and husband, William and family. Having lunch at the Hershey Hotel with Alvin and Kristen and visiting the Hershey Chocolate Museum. Having lunch with West Chester University's Vice President, Dr. Mark Pavlovich and Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Ken Witmer to learn about the new doctorate in education that WCU has launched. Having dinner with the "Boys from the Brook" (childhood and high school friends from Honey Brook) and lunch with the "Lunch Bunchers", (friends from my undergraduate school, West Chester State Teachers College) to celebrate the life of our wonderful friend, Rich Yoder who passed away recently. Rich was a classmate/teammate, WCU football coach, professor and athletic director, and Mayor of West Chester for two terms (eight years) after his retirement from WCU.

Family, please use the this Discussion Board to update the family on your events during the year, e.g. graudations, sports achievments, special recongitions, engagements, marriages, military service, trips, deaths, etc.

You can take the boy out of Pennsylvania, but you can't take Pennsylvania out of the boy!!!

Have a great summer,
Don Leisey
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April 08, 2016 5:17 am
Terry
barryheritage@gmail.com

  Hi !,

I was interested to see a photo (part) of the 310th Field Artillery Regiment on your site - with Alvin Leisey highlighted. Would it be possible to tell me with whom I could make contact for a copy of the full size original ?.

Regards

Terry
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