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April 28, 2019 11:44 am
Pamela Ammon Kaechele

  NO, I didn't realize that. 250 years, WOW, awesome!

I would like to ask if anyone in the Elias Leisey side of the family has had breast cancer. We seem to have many in our family (Fern Leisey & Richard
Ammon) who had it. I am recovering from my second time with it and plan to go through the risk assessment program at a cancer hospital. I am not positive for the BRCA 1 or 2 genes, but there are others linked to the cancer and those are in question. I know this is a "history" site, but health history would be beneficial for many listed here.
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April 01, 2019 8:22 pm
Raymond Leisy

  Does anyone realize that 2020 will be the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Joseph Leisey and his sister Catherine to British North America (Pennsylvania) in 1770?
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February 21, 2018 12:56 pm
Don Leisey

  Dear Family and Friends,
I just met with the surgeon who repaired Pat's hip this morning. The surgeon reported that Pat came through the surgery very well and they could use the existing rod in the femur bone, aka the thigh bone,which extends from the hip joint down to the knee joint. The rod was inserted when she had hip replacement surgery 17 years ago. He was able to attach the ball and socket to the rod which should reduce the pain and speed up recovery.

You may recall that the need for hip surgery occurred last May when Pat fell and the ball and socket became disjointed. She was taken to the emergency room at our local hospital and the docs forced the ball back into the socket which was a very painful ordeal for her.

Pat will remain overnight in the Kaiser Hospital in San Rafael and tomorrow will be taken to a rehab center until at least Sunday if her recovery is going well. Obviously, she has not been sleeping very well because of thinking about the surgery. Hopefully, she will be able to get some quality sleep and rest and be back to normal very soon, Please call me in the interim to get an update on her recovery at 415-459-6019.

As Paul Harvey used to say, "Now you know the rest of the story!"
Don Leisey
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February 08, 2018 6:12 am
Jeremy Arment

  This is in regards to Martha Stauffer, who married William Leisey. If I gave her surname as Stauffer, I was mistaken. It should be Farst (or First, as many spelled the name). Daughter of Henry Farst & Mary Ann Flower, according to Martha's death certificate, which I have. Also, my grandmother, Ivy Keenan. Her surname should be Keenen, as that's the way the family spelled it, since the late 1800's. EVERYTHING else looks good.
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January 14, 2018 9:18 am
Dona Brown

  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

  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

  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

  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

  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.


Kristen, Steve, Nicklaus, Zackary and Macallan

Kristen Cauz, M.S.
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August 28, 2016 6:39 am
Don Leisey

  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:
Don Leisey
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