108-year-old Delmar resident dies

"It was the marionette show with Santa's magic candy canes," said Hitchcock.

Leonard made two marionettes about 80 years ago, and, as the story goes, she and her husband would act out the parts of the marionettes while playing music and singing a holiday story about magic candy canes that helped solve the world's problems.

"When the show ended, Santa's magic candy canes would come around and be passed out to all the children who enjoyed the puppet show," said Hitchcock. "Many people still remember receiving those candy canes."

Leonard's last few years were spent in peaceful surroundings at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home where she enjoyed her garden and spending time reading books and current events in the newspaper.

"One day she asked, 'So what's this I hear about the Porco case,'" remembered Hitchcock, referring to the murder trial of Bethlehem resident Christopher Porco.

The name "Nimmie" comes from her grandchildren being unable to pronounce the word "grammie" when they were young.

"She would read bedtime stories to me in all the voices," said Hitchcock.

Leonard died peacefully in the early morning hours at the nursing home, but

the people who knew her well will always remember 'Nimmie."

Survivors include her two sons, two granddaughters, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


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