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Virginia â€śBudgeâ€ť M. Werner Leopold, 89, who greeted everyone with â€śPraise the Lordâ€ť and a hug, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Florida Hospital Orlando, Orlando Fla., after a brief illness. She was born in St. Marys on May 1, 1923, a daughter of the late Arthur A. and Edith Mary Kaul Werner.
She attended St. Marys Catholic Grade School and graduated in 1940 from Central Catholic High School. She graduated from Villa Maria College in Erie, earning a four-year RN degree. Virginia married her beloved husband, John "Jack" Lawrence Leopold, on Nov. 11, 1944. She devoted her life to him and their eight children, nuturing her family and friends with her deeply held Catholic beliefs.
In Erie, she was active in: Mayors Committee for Rehabilitation Crossroads Center, Cathedral Center Choir, Blue Army, Legion of Mary, 3rd Order
of St. Francis, St. Peter Cathedral Rosary Society, St. Vincent Nurses Alumni Association, Eucharistic Minister, volunteer for the Veterans Administration, volunteer at Soldiers and Sailors home, Marriage Encounter Team leader, International Institute volunteer, Cursillo Movement
participants, CFM (Christian Family Movement), the Enthronement of Sacred Heart group, and also donated the Rev. Greg Leopold Center in Erie.
In Windermere, Fla., she was active in Holy Family Church, Enthronement of the Sacred Heart group, Perpetual Adoration, founder - Perpetual Eucharistic Exposition, founder - Divine Mercy Chapel at Holy Family, Blue Army, Legion of Mary, Eucharistic Minister, volunteer - Mary Queen of the Universe, Respect for Life - pro-life counselor, choir member (Holy Family and MQU), and a member of St. Jude's and St. Peter and Paul Churches. While raising her family, Virginia was a nurse for over 35 years at St. Vincent Hospital and in private duty service. She and Jack traveled the world, visiting Europe, the UK, Australia, the Middle East and India. She also enjoyed gardening, a good game of cards and spending time with her grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John "Jack" Lawrence Leopold; a son, the Rev. Gregory Leopold; a brother, Arthur Werner; and three sisters, Rita Werner, Helen Fritz, and Edith Knoll.
She is survived by her beloved children, Arthur Leopold and his wife Susan of Erie, John Leopold of Winter Park, Fla., Alfred Leopold of Buford, Ga., Mark Leopold and his wife Lisa of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, James Hynes and his wife Liesl of Jellystone, Colo., Joseph Leopold and his wife Suzanne of Herdon, Va., and Thomas Hynes of Longwood, Fla., 18 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; two cherished sisters, Marjorie Conrad and Thecla
Coppolo, both of St. Marys; and a number of beloved nieces, nephews and other family members. The family gives special acknowledgement and appreciation to her son, John, who cared for her in his home during her final years.
In Orlando, calling hours for Virginia "Budge" M. Werner Leopold will be held on Sept. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Woodlawn Memorial. Mass will be held on Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. at the Holy Family Church, 5125 South Apopka Vineland Rd., Orlando, Fla., for a celebration of her life. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leopold family c/o Woodlawn Memorial, 400 Woodlawn Cemetery Rd., Gotha, FL 34734. A memorial Mass will also be held on Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leopold family c/o St. Peter Cathedral, 239 W. 10th Street, Erie, PA 16501.