Delores Leonard

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A memorial graveside service for Delores Leonard, 87, of Benson (formerly of Echo and Belview) took place at 1:00 p.m.  Saturday, July 18, 2020, at the Echo Cemetery.  Out of respect and caution for elderly family members, attendees were asked to please wear masks and respect social distancing.

Delores died Thursday, July 9, 2020, at the Scandi Haven Assisted Living Center in Benson, Minnesota. 

Delores Mae (Donner) Leonard was born April 6, 1933, in Belview, to Clarence and Gladys (Harried) Donner.  She grew up in Belview and graduated from Belview High School in 1951. 

October 12, 1951, she was married to Jerome Bernardy in South Dakota.  While Jerome served in the U.S. Army, the family lived in Wisconsin, Colorado, Michigan and Orleans, France.  After his discharge, the couple made their home in Echo.  Jerome died in 1985.  In 1987, Delores married Buddy Leonard at the American Lutheran Church in Echo.  Delores worked as a receptionist for Dr. Hudec, as a Lab Assistant for Dr. Sampson in Benson, as a Secretary at the Echo School and for the Echo Enterprise.  She enjoyed traveling, reading, visiting friends and playing cards. 

She is survived by her husband, Buddy, of Benson, sons:  Bruce (and Sandy) Bernardy of Benson and Brad (and Lynette) Bernardy of Spencer, IA, stepsons: Brian, Greg, Brad and Randy Leonard, seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jerome Bernardy, great-grandson Nathan Bernardy and sister Judy Beck.

Arrangements  were with Sunset Funeral Association, Echo, Minnesota

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