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The following obituary is from the Galena Weekly Gazette on March 10, 1904.


Funeral Services Over Departed Woman Held at St. Michael's Church Saturday.

Venerated Resident of Galena for Fifty Years Passed Away Thursday, March Three.

Mrs. Honora Leader, wife of the late John Hall Leader, was laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery in East Galena Saturday morning. Mrs. Leader died in the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Cloran, Thursday morning, March 3 after a few days illness.

Owing to the illness of Rev. J. E. Shannahan, rector of St. Michael’s church, of which Mrs. Leader had been a member a full half century, the services were conducted by his curate.

The sacrifice of the mass was celebrated before the Roman Catholic liturgical service for the dead was read.

Mrs. Leader, whose maiden name was Honora Donoghue, was born at Castle Island, Ireland, Dec. 24, 1834. She came to America as a child and was married at Syracuse, N. Y., Nov. 21, 1854, to John Hall Leader, a native of Cork, Ireland, who was an honored citizen of Galena for forty years preceding his death on the night of January 8, 1894.

Since the death of her husband, Mrs. Leader’s health gradually failed. Last fall she sold the homestead at Claude and Meeker streets which had been the family home for more than thirty-five years, and went to live with her daughter, Mrs. Cloran.

Mrs. Leader was a lifelong member of the Roman Catholic church, and lived the life of a consistent Christian. No better eulogy could be said of her than that she was a model wife and that her children mourn her as one who ever and always sacrificed self interest to the welfare of those whom she loved.

There were assembled at the funeral all of her surviving children, Mrs. Wm. Carroll and Mrs. John Cloran of Galena, William J. Leader of Superior, Wis., James H. Leader of Fond du Lac, Wis., John M. Leader and Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Leader of Chicago. Of her nine children, Mary and Vincent Mortimer, died in infancy, and the youngest of the family, George Charles Leader, an able newspaper man, died six years ago. There are twenty-two living grand-children and one great-grand child.

Among relatives and friends present at the funeral were: Mr. Daniel Donoghue of East Dubuque, a brother, Miss Julia Donoghue of East Dubuque, J. Grant Code of LaCrosse, Mrs. J. L. Code of Rockford, Miss Mary Hayes of Helena, Mont., Mr. Charles Carroll, and Mr. John Leader, Jr., of Chicago, grandsons.

The pall-bearers were Messers. Robert F. Biel, Matthew Beaton, Scribe H. Whitmore, T. L. McDermott, Joseph Brown and John T. Slatterly.

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