Dolores Ruth Leahy

Colonie - Dolores Ruth Wilber Leahy, 76, died Saturday, September 9, 2017.  Born June 12, 1941 in Albany, she was the daughter of John and Anna Wilber.  She moved to Colonie in 1960 with the love of her life, Herbert “Sonny” Leahy, Sr. who predeceased her.  She worked at Sand Creek Middle School and Colonie Central High School for many years.  The students loved her and called her “Gram”.   She had a great sense of humor and could make others laugh, which helped her to cope with her longtime struggle with emphysema.  

    Her deepest devotion was to her only son, Herbert “Sonny” Leahy, Jr.  She is also survived by one grandson, Michael A. Syrell; sisters, Nancy Dott (Leo) of Colonie, Frances Otty (Robert) of Colonie and Grace Kaufman of Albany; one brother, John E. Wilber, Jr. of Schenectady; and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her sister, Patricia Lochner (Ronald).

    Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at the Reilly & Son Funeral Home, Colonie.  Friends may also call at the funeral home Tuesday morning from 9 - 11 a.m., prior to the service.  Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Colonie.  For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105