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Obituary of Leanne P Snay
Eleanor Roosevelt once said: “Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” Leanne P. (Oleniczak) Snay left footprints in the hearts of all who knew her.
Leanne passed away, peacefully and surrounded by her loved ones, on February 7, 2023 at the age of 69 after a courageous battle with cancer. Leanne will be ever present in the hearts of so many relatives and friends, who will continue to honor her legacy and follow her example by living their lives to the fullest.
Leanne graduated as Salutatorian of the class of 1971 from Free Soil Community School and earned an Associates Degree from Lansing Community College. Leanne worked in the insurance industry for the majority of her professional career, starting out at Farm Bureau Insurance Company. Leanne received the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. Eventually Leanne became Public Affairs Director at the Michigan Association of Insurance Companies. Leanne retired from her position as Executive Director of the Insurance Information Association of Michigan in March of 2003.
Leanne married the love of her life, Jerold G. Snay, on April 25, 1981, who preceded her in death on March 3, 2010. They resided in Dewitt, Michigan for 30 years. With Jerry’s influence, Leanne became an avid golfer and Michigan fan. Leanne, together with her husband Jerry, brought smiles to so many friends and family as they entertained in their home as well as when golfing together.
Leanne was especially fond of her “Cocker Spaniel” fur children, Shonda, Sam, Bailey, and Autumn, who brought her comfort and smiles throughout her adult life.
The simplest pleasures in life brought joy to Leanne. She loved a quiet evening with friends, enjoying a glass of wine. Her love of reading was shown by the ample amounts of books she happily shared with family and friends. Leanne loved gardening and had a magical sense of interior design and crafting. Her friends usually remarked that her impeccable home could be in “Better Homes and Gardens”.
Leanne was truly special in so many ways. She was a person who made every moment count and was always looking for ways to make someone smile. She gave great attention to detail in everything she accomplished. She was a true friend with a kind and generous heart, willing helping hands, and an understanding shoulder to lean upon. She was able to know her friend’s struggles, yet show them their strengths and possibilities.
Leanne loved to travel. When she met Oliver Kingsbury, her fiancée/life partner, they did just that. Together Leanne and Ollie made a home in Ocala, Florida where they resided for over 10 years between the many cruises, trips, and adventures that gave them beautiful memories.
Leanne especially enjoyed cruising to and visiting Italy, Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, and Spain. Her adventures were shared with family and friends by her posted photo accounts of each trip.
Leanne will be dearly missed by her childhood friends and Diva sisters, Sue Woods, Rose DiLaura and Lenore DeFay. It was her inspiration to start an annual “Diva” trip that resulted in 34 beautiful and memorable adventures across the country.
Leanne truly appreciated the many wonderful friends who provided her with comfort and support during her illness, especially her dear and loving long-term friends Sandy Verlinde and Bernie Fabian who supported her through the difficult days and nights to the very end.
Leanne is survived by her brother, Michael (Sarah) Oleniczak; nieces and nephews, Emily (Matt) Thompson, Joe (Delaney) Oleniczak, Andy (Erin) Oleniczak and great-nephew Henry. Leanne is also survived by her step-children Rod (Mary) Snay, Lisa (Kent) Haase, Lance Kingsbury, Lorri Kingsbury; grandchildren Jennifer, Andrew, and Matt Snay, Evan, Aidan, and Eden Haase, and Kenna and Cooper Kingsbury; numerous cousins and her dear Aunt Shirley Olenchak.
Leanne was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Alma Lee Oleniczak, her loving husband Jerry Snay, and recently her fiancée Oliver Kingsbury on December 1, 2022.
Leanne chose the American Cancer Society for anyone wishing to donate in her name.
A memorial service for Leanne will be held at 11:00 AM on May 20, 2023 at Christ United Church, 1000 W Webb Rd, DeWitt, MI. Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 prior to the service.
Interment will be immediately after the memorial service at Gunnisonville Cemetery, 2000 E Clark Rd. A luncheon will be served after the interment at Prairie Creek Banquet Center, 800 E Webb Rd.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Leanne Snay, please visit Tribute Store