Leah E. Negrete

April 25, 1924 ‒ September 26, 2016

Galion, Ohio

Leah E. Negrete, 92, of Galion passed away Monday evening September 26, 2016 at Winchester Terrace in Mansfield.

Born April 25, 1924 in Butler she was the daughter of John L. and Pearl (Smith) Swank. Leah married Otilio George “Tiny” Negrete on February 19, 1949 and he preceded her on August 28, 1994.

She was a graduate of Butler High School in 1942. Leah worked at Ideal Electric and the former Westinghouse Electric Company in Mansfield, Mansfield Lahm Airport, Mansfield Distributing and then at the former North Electric in Galion for 19 years She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Galion and a former member of Twig Two, Galion Hospital Auxiliary, Galion Women of the Moose Chapter 177, AMVETS 1979 Auxiliary, American Legion Scarbrough post 243 and was a fifty year member of the Order of Eastern Star.

Leah was a “Rosie the Riveter” helping with the World War II effort. She enjoyed calling bingo in the Galion nursing homes and helping with various veterans associations especially the Soldiers and Sailors Home in Sandusky.

She is survived by children Michael John (Sue) Negrete of Galion and Pam (Thomas) Hawk of Shelby; grandchildren Heather and Tony Negrete and Tommy Hawk; sister-in-law Opal swank and several special nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by brothers Harold, Charles, Glenn and George Swank and sister Mildred.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, September 30, 2016 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 30 with Pastor Jerry Penrod officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Magnolia Terrace Activity Fund for Bingo or Galion Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Leah Negrete, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

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  • To The Family of Leah,
    I was honored to deliver meals to this lovely lady for many years. She was a “delightful” lady of which you her family can be proud. Everyone loved Leah. May she rest in peace .

  • We are so sorry to hear about the death of your Mother. Thinking of you at this time of your loss. God be with you.

  • Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers be with the entire family during your time of sorrow. Leah was a great euchre players and we shared many good times together at the AmVets 87 in Mount Gilead. She will dearly be missed by all.

  • Pam and family of Leah,
    We were very sorry to learn of Leah’s passing. She will be missed by her “many” friends. We were in TWIG #3 together for many years. She enjoyed being able to attend meetings when she was able and added fun to the meetings !
    God Bless,
    Mary Anne and Bruce Iles and
    TWIG # 3

  • Sorry to hear of Leah’s passing. I met her at the 152nd Hospital Unit Reunion when I came with my Dad, Glenn(Red) Wharton. She was a very nice lady and if memory serves me right I think your Dad passed away just a day or days before one of the reunions. Being the trouper she was the reunion went on. I am sure she will be missed by many. My prayers for comfort goes out to her family. Another pretty lady has gotten her wings. God Bless all. Karen Wharton Sherman

  • Mike, Pam and Families,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Leah was my dear friend and former neighbor. We had many great years as friends and neighbors. She also served as Treasurer of Twig 3 of the Galion Hospital Auxiliary. What a great lady who will really be missed.

    Love, Barbara Abraham

  • Leahs family. Was very saddened to hear of her passing. She was a very special lady who I am glad to have spent time with. Will always remember her playing cards and doing crafts. May God keep you all in his loving arms during this difficult time. Pam Lauer

  • Pam and family,
    Aunt Leah will be so greatly missed by so many! She was truly a very special person! My childhood was made so much richer by the visits we used to spend in Galion walking to the Park with Uncle and making jewelry with Aunt Leah! I still have some of the beautiful jewelry!! 🙂 Even as an adult I loved to hear from her and could always hear the smile through the phone when she asked about my family! My love and prayers are with you during this time and always!
    Cindy Gilkey-Gouge and family

  • I have just finished watching the memorial video of Leah…what a wonderful tribute…to see Tiny and even Tiger, oh what a dear and wonderful family.

    Tiny, Leah and even Tiger helped me as a new mother watch after my children while Ed and I were at work . They loved them and we loved Tiny and Leah so much. They were the best neighbors anyone could ask for. Always with humor and love, all our interactions…and oh the memories I have of them. And long after we moved away, and even after I moved to Virginia, Leah kept in touch, always with a smile in her voice. And when I would visit, again, so full of joy, bragging about her grandchildren, and inquiring about my children.

    I loved Leah, and I loved Tiny (Tiger…well…, lol) and my life was better because of them.

    Lyn Moser