Louise Leinroth, who lived on Millstone Road in Wilton for over 40 years, passed away peacefully on January 18th after a long illness. She was 92.
Louise was born November 27, 1920 in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of James Howard Dempsey and Ada Hunt Dempsey. She grew up in the village of Bratenahl along Lake Erie and attended the Hathaway Brown School graduating in 1938.
After high school, Louise studied at Pine Manor and was a member of the class of 1940. Following graduation, she returned to work in Cleveland at Lakeside Hospital during World War II. It was during this time that she met her future husband, Jean, and they were married on March 9, 1946. Their marriage lasted 62 years until her husband’s death in 2007.
Louise and Jean spent many years in Wilton, but they had friends all over the country after living in Charleston, West Virginia; the Boston area; and Ithaca, New York. They spent several years in The Hague, Netherlands during the late 1970’s from which they traveled all through Europe making many life-long friends along the way.
Louise loved children, and had a special interest in developing their interest in reading. When her own kids were young, she ran the school book fair and volunteered in the school library. This led to a life-long interest in children’s books and she had an extensive collection that was enjoyed by her children, grandchildren and generations of neighborhood kids.
Louise was an active gardener and volunteered at the Bartlett Arboretum for many years. She was an involved Pine Manor alumna and was the class alumnae secretary. She was also a member of the Wilton Presbyterian Church throughout her life in town and served as a deacon.
Louise is survived by her three children, Martha Leinroth of New York City, Tim Leinroth of Sunderland, Massachusetts, and Peter Leinroth of Rowayton as well as by her two granddaughters, Alexandra and Abigail Leinroth.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a gift to the Glaucoma Research Foundation. Donations can be made in honor of Louise at www.glaucoma.org or mailed to the foundation at 251 Post St, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94108.