DWYER, Leona

DWYER, Leona

Leona M. DWYER (nee Hannan). Age 93. Born August 27 1918 at the famiily vacation cottage/tent located at Euclid Beach.  Preceded in death by parents James V. and Delilah Hannan, and stepmother Marie. Beloved wife of the late John J. Dear mother of William (Barbara), Neil (Mary Lou), James (Janice), Dennis (Lorraine), Carol Lee Zelnik (Michael). Beloved grandmother of John, Leah, N. Patrick, Joseph, Brian, Michael, Danielle, Colleen, Thomas, Kevin, Patrick,  and James. Great grandmother of Kylie, Ayden, and Elizabeth. Dear sister of Mark Hannan, Beatrice Suveges and the following deceased; Leo, James, Bernard, and Joseph Hannan, Robert Kaufman, Cecilia Droll Saxer, Ruth Young, and Patricia Bushman. Leona enjoyed an outstanding career as a respected business woman in Parma as owner of Dwyer’s Baby Furnishings, later known as Baby Talk.  She is fondly remembered by many in Parma and surrounding communities as the wonderful lady who helped them get fitted for shoes, pick out first communion clothing, or get a school uniform.  Many also remembered her for the help she provided at that special time when they were going to become parents and needed to pick out furniture for their baby’s nursery. She was more than a respected business woman; she was a friend to many in the Parma community during the four decades she had that special store at the corner of Pearl and Ridge that she opened with her husband John in 1944.  She would always make you feel special and was truly a guiding light.

Mass of Christian Burial 9:30am Tues. Dec. 27 at St. Bridget of Kildare Parish 5620 Hauserman Road Parma, Ohio. If desired, guests may gather for prayers at the funeral home at 9am Tuesday morning.  Interment- Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation- Mon. 3-8 at The  Zabor Funeral Home 5680 Pearl Rd. Parma (between Ridge and Snow).

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  1. Daniel R. Hall on December 25th, 2011 8:30 pm

    Aunt Leone was by far one of the most gracious, kind, and loving people I have been blessed to have had in my life. My prayers are with the family for God’s Grace, Mercy, and Compasion, duting this time of need. Lovingly Danny.

  2. Cecilia M McCracken-Turner on December 26th, 2011 12:35 pm

    My Auny Leona Was a wonderful Aunt when i was young we use to go over there all the time & I used to go and help her clean her store.We got our First commuion dress from her.She had a heart of gold You will be very much missed I love you Aunt Leona.Your Niece Cecilia M McCracken-Turner.(Bushman)

  3. David B. Hannan, Helen, Mary, Letitia, Anne&Neil on December 26th, 2011 1:30 pm

    My Dear Cousins,
    I remember Aunt Leona as a wonderful woman and always giving of abundant love. I have many fond memories of visiting all of you in Parma in that big house and store.
    She was always close with Mom and Dad.
    Although we were sad to hear of her passing, she lived an extraordinary life and I know she is now where she can keep an eye on all of us.

    Love and Prayers,
    David, Helen, Mary Rose, Letitia, Anne& Neil

  4. Lauri Kittelson (Hannan) on December 27th, 2011 12:02 am

    I have fond memories, of visiting my Aunt Leona & Uncle Jack’s store and their home in Parma. Aunt Leona was always a welcoming, smiling great-aunt who will always be remembered fondly. She’s a beautiful woman who will be welcomed into heaven with open arms. With joy and sadness, you will be missed! Love, Lauri and Eric.

    p.s. I will always treasure the memory of her 93rd birthday celebration at the family reunion when we were gathering around her to sing happy birthday and she found a dime-as if her father sent it to her! Maybe he was letting her know he’d be seeing her soon! <3

  5. Bernadette Anderson (Hannan) on December 27th, 2011 12:24 pm

    Aunt Leona’s smile warmed our hearts. It was exciting to go visit her as she was always happy and glad to see me and my parents, Charlotte and Bernard Hannan. She’d be with customers and we’d wait for her to close the store and go in the house to enjoy a visit. She would pull together a dinner. She was very giving. It sure meant a lot when she visited us as she didn’t break away from the store that often. My Mom, (Charlotte) was thrilled to have Aunt Leona as her Maid of Honor. My Dad (Bernard) was very proud. They all had good times, in there day. Now there really celebrating in Heaven as the siblings are all together . Our Love and Prayers are with all of you. Aunt Leona will be missed and her Spirit remains with us. Thanks for the memories Aunt Leona. Love, Bernadette, Scott, Marjorie & Michael Anderson

  6. Denise Lee on December 29th, 2011 2:21 pm

    TO LEAH AND FAMILY,
    I’M SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE LOST OF YOUR GRANDMOTHER. MY PRYAS AND HEART GOES OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, IF YOU NEED ANYTHING PLEASE CALL.

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