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June 10, 1937 - February 22, 2022
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Gloria Pfeiffer Leech, 84 of Lima, passed away February 22, 2022, at 4:20 pm, The Greens at Lima Convalescent Home, surrounded by her loving family.
Gloria was born June 10, 1937 in Kenton, to Warren and Marjorie (Buck) Pfeiffer, who preceded her in death. On December 26, 1963, she married Dr. Thomas Leech, who preceded her in death on September 21, 1999.
Gloria was a 1955 graduate of Kenton High School who went on to further her education at USC from 1955 to 1956 and graduated with her Bachelors in Education from Ohio Northern University in 1961. She was both a teacher and substitute teacher at Kenton City Schools, Carroll Ohio Schools and Lima City Schools and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Gloria was very active in the community; she was a member of Shawnee Country Club, Medical Auxiliary, the Lotus Club and the Lima City Parks Board. She remained active in her colleges through the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority Alumni and the ONU Women’s Association. Gloria and Thomas were instrumental in the development of Rhoades State College in downtown Lima and she was active in the Modern Mothers, Delphian Club and the Art Study group. She enjoyed traveling throughout Europe and America with friends and family, gardening, and attending theater events. Gloria always had a plan and a goal; few days went by without something to do with those she loved. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, friends and dogs. There was always a get together or a holiday to look forward to and she loved spending time with the people nearest to her. Gloria will be deeply missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her.
She is survived by her daughter, Lila (Padraic) Murray of St. Louis, MO; grandsons, Aidan Thomas Murray and Declan Craig Murray, both of Kansas City, MO; nephew, John (Kelley) Pfeiffer Sweeney of San Antonio, TX; niece, Diane Sweeney Alexander of Lexington, KY and many wonderful great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, Gloria is preceded in death by her sons, Craig Pfeiffer Leech and Warren Thomas Leech and her sister, Marjorie Sweeney.
Funeral service will be held at 9:30 AM on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 301 W. Market St., Lima, OH 45801, with Rev. Megan Croy to officiate the service. Burial will follow in Grove Cemetery, Kenton, OH.
Visitation will be Friday, February 25, 2022, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at CHILES-LAMAN FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, SHAWNEE CHAPEL.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lima Community Foundation to Dr. Thomas & Gloria Leech Scholarship, www.limacommunityfoundation.org, Trinity United Methodist Church, www.limatrinityumc.org or the Allen County Humane Society, www.ohiospca.org.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.