R. Jane's Story
R. Jane Leyde, of Hermitage, formerly of Sharon, passed away peacefully surrounded by family Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 13, 2017. She was 94.
Mrs. Leyde was born Jan. 12, 1923, in Sharon, a daughter of Bernard H. and Ann (Madden) Garhart.
She was a 1941 alumna of Sharon High School and received her bachelor's degree in Sociology and American History from Seton Hill College, Greensburg, Pa. In 1976 at the age of 53, she earned her master's degree in education from Westminster College, New Wilmington. Jane was a reading specialist teacher for grades one through 12 and taught in the West Middlesex, Brookfield and Sharon school districts for 21 years, retiring in 1993. Following her retirement, she taught adult GED classes until the age of 83.
A devout Catholic, Jane was a founding member of the Church of Notre Dame, Hermitage, where she was a past president of its Ave Maria Society. She was ordained an apostolate in the Order of Benedictine Nuns following the death of her husband.
Besides her church, Jane was very active in the community. A civil rights activist, she was involved with the Shenango Valley Urban League and the local chapter of the NAACP. She was a founding member of the Shenango Valley Initiative (SVI) and the Mercer County League of Women Voters, where she served as a past president. She was also a past president of the Sharon College Club and the Shenango Valley Christian Associates. Jane was very active in the Mercer County Democratic party and was a member of the Mercer County Bicentennial Commission in 1976. She was honored for her pioneering leadership and community service by the Lawrence Mercer ATHENA.
Her husband, Frank Edwin Leyde Jr., whom she married June 3, 1947, passed away Feb. 2, 1982.
Surviving are: two daughters, Patricia Jane (Thomas) Dougherty, Ambridge, Pa., and their children, Peter (Jennifer) Dougherty, Kevin (Megan) Dougherty and Katy (Lawrence) Ake; and Deborah Anne (Walter) Revoal, Denver, Colo., and their children, Alex Revoal and Rebecca (Jason) Green; three sons, David Michael (Debra Clary) Leyde, Sharon, and their children, David (Nikki) Leyde, Patrick (Britney) Leyde, Erin (Joseph) Hassan, Jeffrey (Tessa) Simmons and Alayna Simmons; Thomas Brian Leyde, State College, Pa., and his children, Jessica Blasko, Brian Leyde and twins, Laura (Nicolas) Leyde and Karen Leyde; and Christopher Joseph Leyde, also State College, Pa.; 15 great-grandchildren, Logan (Caroline) Oberlin and Maddison Oberlin; John, Sarah and Hailey Ake; Ellington Green; Emily, Jenna and Maggie Leyde; Madison Morosky; Joseph and Samuel Hassan; and Blaze, Reagan and Hadley Simmons; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, Jane was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Frank E. Leyde III; a sister, Mary Alice Garhart, who died in infancy; and two brothers, Bernard H. Garhart, Jr. and Thomas Madden Garhart, who died in World War II.
The family would like to thank the staff at St. John XXIII Home and Sharon Regional Hospice and Palliative Care for their exceptional care.
As suggested by the family, memorial contributions may be made to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Child Life Department, 4401 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224.
R. Jane, 94, of Hermitage.
Calling hours: 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday (9-17-17) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Online condolences at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Services: Mass of Christian burial at 11:30 a.m. Monday (9-18-17) in the Church of Notre Dame, Hermitage, with Very Rev. Richard J. Allen, V.F., pastor, and Rev. Glenn R. Whitman, pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd, West Middlesex, as concelebrants.
Interment: St. Rose Cemetery, Hermitage.
Published on September 15, 2017