Leitner, Jean

Written by David Green.

Jean Leitner, 73, of Lakeland, Fla., died Monday, Aug. 2, 2010.

She was born Aug. 15, 1936, in Morenci, Mich., the daughter of Robert and Coila (Flora) Cook.  On March 23, 1957, she married the love of her life, Harold Leitner.  He preceded her in death Dec. 22, 2009.

Jean was a graduate of the Lyons (Ohio) High School class of 1954.  She loved children, was fun loving, and is said to have been “my favorite aunt” by all of her nieces and nephews.

Jean resided in Morenci from 1958 through 1991, and then moved to Lakeland upon the retirement of her husband.  While living out her “Golden Years,” Jean loved to cook, make crafts, attend her grandchildren’s sporting events, and consistently added to her never-ending collection of Elvis memorabilia.

Survivors include two sons, Robert (and Sue) Leitner of Lakeland and Curt Leitner of Adrian, Mich,; a daughter, Candis (and Russ) Spreeman of Adrian; a sister, Gyneth Richardson of Grass Lake, Mich.; a brother, Richard Cook of Lake Geneva, Wis.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, Jean was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, David Cook.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service is planned at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Rev. James Yatzek officiating.  Visitation is scheduled Saturday from noon until time of service.

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