Marguerite Leonardi

Born: Wed., Jul. 23, 1930
Died: Mon., Feb. 15, 2016


Memorial Service

3:00 PM Sat., Feb. 20, 2016
Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


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Marguerite Adine Leonardi, 85, went home to the Lord on February 15, 2016 at Golden Living Nursing Home in Frederick Maryland. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, John Leonardi, and two sons, Richard and Robert Leonardi.

Maggy was a loving wife and mother, beloved friend, and a cherished member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Born to Paul and Adine Servomat in Paris, France on July 31, 1930, Maggy spent her childhood in a small town near Grenoble, France. She met her husband, John, when he was stationed with the U.S. Army in France in the 1950s. They married and moved to San Francisco, where they worked in the restaurant industry.

Before moving to Frederick, MD, in 1978, they spent time in Las Vegas and in Europe, where they ran a popular restaurant in southern France. In the early 1980s, Maggy and John operated Chez Maggy in downtown Frederick, on the site now occupied by Isabella’s. After closing the restaurant, Maggy worked at Hechingers and Home Depot, but the accomplished chef never gave up sharing her love and talent for cooking—especially for those she loved. She and John organized countless church luncheons and suppers, and her friends always looked forward to her cuisine, particularly her homemade spaghetti and sauce and the French pastries too numerous and too scrumptious to count.

Her artistry wasn’t limited to the kitchen, however. Like her father, Maggy was a gifted painter and crafter. She could always find peace in putting brush to canvas, and the masterpieces she created were most often given to friends as gifts from the heart. When she moved into Assisted Living, she continued to share her talents. Her artwork even adorned the walls at Golden Living. Anyone visiting her would find her with a project at hand, like crocheting a scarf or shawl or sketching a lovely picture, to give to someone. Her generosity was limitless. Maggy will always be fondly remembered for her talents and the many treasures she created, culinary and otherwise. But what she will be missed for most of all are the intangible qualities God gifted her with: quick humor, the mischievous twinkle in her eye, unflailing optimism and positivity, strength and determination, warmth, compassion, and the ability to make anyone she came in contact with—strangers and friends alike—feel like the most important people in the world.

Though our Maggy may have departed this earth, her love and memory will live on in every person blessed enough to have known her. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 199 North Place, Frederick, MD, 21702.

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