MARGARET MONTGOMERY LEO
Margaret M. Leo of Butler,
Pennsylvania, passed away on October 30, 2020.
She was born in Joplin,
Missouri, and attended Joplin High School. An active
member of the Phi Beta Chapter of the Chi Omega
Sorority, she graduated from the University of
Pittsburgh in 1957, earning a Bachelor of Science in
Education with a Minor in English.
Margaret was a first grade
teacher in the Butler School District. She remained
an active volunteer in the Butler community
throughout her life. Margie enjoyed needlepoint,
music, flowers, her beloved pets, bridge club, time
spent with family and friends, travel, shopping, and
was an avid genealogist.
in genealogy began in 1976, when she embraced the
challenge of researching and tracing her own family
history to a patriot in the American Revolution.
Thus began her journey in tracing and exploring the
extensive branches of her own family tree, as well
as assisting others, many of whom became lifelong
friends, in discovering their forefathers.
After joining the National
Society Daughters of the American Revolution in
1977, she served as General Richard Butler Chapter
Regent 1986-1989 and later a Past Pennsylvania
District Director state officer. In 1978, she
organized the Elizabeth McKinney Society Children of
the American Revolution, assisting twelve children
in charter membership applications, and serving as
the first Senior Society President.
Through her genealogical
endeavors, Margaret held membership in an extensive
list of lineage societies. She served as National
President of the National Society Daughters of
Colonial Wars from 2007-2010, and held the title of
Honorary National President for life. She served as
President General of the National Society Children
of the American Colonists, and held the title
Honorary President General for life.
She served as President of
the Connoquenessing Chapter Daughters of the
American Colonists, and as a Pennsylvania State
Officer. She served as President of the Three Rivers
Chapter, National Society Colonial Dames of the
Margaret was an active
member of the General Society of Mayflower
Descendants; the Hereditary Order of the Descendants
of Colonial Governors; the National Society Dames of
the Court of Honor; National Society of New England
Women; The National Society of Women Descendants of
the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company; The
Hereditary Order of Descendants of the Loyalists and
Patriots of the American Revolution; National
Society United States Daughters of 1812; United
Daughters of the Confederacy; The Governor William
Bradford Compact; First Families of Maine; the Order
of Americans of Armorial Ancestry; the National
Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims; the
Dutch Settlers of Albany; the Order of the First
Families of New Hampshire; and the Dutch Colonial
Society; and the National Society of the Southern
Dames of America.
She held membership in the
Butler Garden Club, the Gatewood Homeowners
Association, the University of Pittsburgh Alumni
Association, Chi Omega Sorority, P.E.O. Sisterhood
Chapter CC; and St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church.
She was a member of the National Gavel Society, and
was commissioned a lifetime member of the Honorable
Order of Kentucky Colonels.
Margaret was preceded in
death by her husband of 60 years, Peter Anthony Leo,
whom she married on Nov 27, 1957 at St. Paul’s
Cathedral, Pittsburgh, PA. Peter was well known in
the Butler community as a pharmacist and owner of
Butler Family Drug Stores.
She was preceded in death
by her parents, Cecil and Ruth Montgomery, and a
brother, the Reverend William Montgomery.
Margaret is survived by
four children: Sharon Leo Clouse and her husband Dr.
Richard Clouse, of Glasgow, Kentucky; Pamela Leo
Zelinka and her husband Frank (Bud) Zelinka, of
Butler; Stacey Leo Panei and her husband Vernon
Panei of Hollywood, Maryland; and Peter Montgomery
Leo of Indian Head, Maryland; one sister: Mrs.
Susanne McCowan, of El Paso, Texas; one
sister-in-law: Mrs. Cathy Montgomery, of North
Ridgeville, OH; and four nieces and four nephews.
She is survived by nine grandchildren: Dr. Margaret
Clouse Deibel, Dr. Meredith Clouse, Mr. Nick Panei,
Dr. Mallory Clouse, Mr. Anthony Panei, Mr. Mitchell
Clouse, Miss Susanne Panei, Mr. Cameron Zelinka, and
Miss Ivy Katherine Leo; and one great granddaughter,
Miss Lisa Margaret Deibel.
Friends will be received at
Thompson - Miller Funeral Home, Inc., 124 East North
Street, Butler, PA on Friday, November 6, 2020, 4 to
A Mass of Christian Burial
will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 10:00
a.m. at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, Butler, PA.
Entombment at the Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers,
memorial donations are suggested to Shriners
Hospitals for Children, https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/shc/donate,
or to the charity of the donor's choice.