Obituary for Jeanne Leroy (Boettinger)
Jeanne Boettinger Woods Leroy, aged 94, of Catonsville MD, died peacefully in her sleep on January 1, 2018. The daughter of Eva Mae Koll and William George Boettinger, Jeanne was born at her parents’ home on Woodbine Avenue in the Gwynn Oak Junction area of Baltimore. She attended All Saints School and was a 1941 graduate of Seton High School.
On the day that Jeanne graduated from Seton, a young man, Richard (Dick) Woods, came to visit her father. Jeanne, a beautiful and intelligent young woman, was sitting on the front porch swing. Dick took one look at her, and the rest was history. They married two years later on June 19, 1941.
Jeanne worked as a secretary until the birth of their first child, R. Charles (Chuck) Woods, in 1947. In 1950, their daughter Christine (Kris) was born. In 1955, Jeanne, Dick and their children moved to Merrymount Drive in the Rockdale area of Baltimore County. She returned to work in the 1960’s as a bookkeeper/accountant for Marcoin, a position she held until her retirement. After Dick retired, they moved to Ocean Pines. 2011 brought a move to the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, where she lived until her death
Dick died in 1995. Jeanne was fortunate to meet George Leroy in 1999, and they married in January 2000. She said that she was the luckiest woman in the world to have had two long, loving and happy marriages.
Jeanne was a people magnet. She especially loved being with children, and the neighborhood children were frequently found hanging out with “Miss Jeanne.” She was a Den Mother, and for many years was a Girl Scout leader. With friends who were also Girl Scout leaders, she formed the LGO (Let’s Get Organized) Club, whose major function was girls’ night out. She played bridge monthly with a group of relatives and friends for 40 years, and maintained those friendships even as members of the bridge club moved away.
As a child, Jeanne spent summers with her parents and brothers, Bill and Richard, in Sherwood Forest and Round Bay on the Severn River. Those summers engendered a lifelong love of swimming, boating and the outdoors. She enjoyed walking, cycling and gardening. For over 20 years, Jeanne and Dick vacationed with their children in Ocean City MD joined by her brothers and their families and members of her bridge club and their families. There were parties on the beach and by the pool, flounder fishing in the Sinepuxent Bay, surf fishing, body surfing, and long walks on the beach.
For many years, Jeanne led bird walks at Lake Roland in Baltimore and on the Eastern Shore. She was an avid birder, and travelled to Costa Rica, Hawaii, Alaska, South Padre Island, Germany, France, Lichtenstein, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, England, and many states on the United States flyways to see birds. Friends would frequently call her to ask what bird looked like this or sounded like that, and Jeanne was always able to correctly identify the bird.
A lifelong devout Catholic, Jeanne had a special devotion for the Blessed Mother. As a communicant at All Saints Church and later, Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Woodlawn, Jeanne was a member of the Sodality.
Jeanne is survived by her loving husband George P. Leroy of Catonsville, MD, her children Chuck Woods (Janet) of Springfield, VA, Kris Woods Lindstrom (Richard) of Ellicott City, MD, stepchildren Karen Leroy Fisher (Tim) of Kingsville, MD, Paul Leroy (Deb) of White Hall, MD, grandchildren Brian Patrick (Meghan) of Catonsville, MD, Patrick Lindstrom (Jennifer) of Abington, MD, Sara Jeanne Lindstrom of Ellicott City, MD and Helen Woods of Laurel, MD. Also survived by step grandchildren, Hillary Fisher, PJ and Christopher Leroy, and Brant Miller (Sharon) and by great-grandchildren Liliana Rose Lindstrom and Hank and Luke Miller, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. We were so fortunate to have her in our lives for so long and all who knew her will dearly miss her.
Her beloved husband, Richard Norris Woods, and her dearly loved brothers predeceased her.
Donations in Jeanne’s memory can be made to Associated Catholic Charities at 1966 Greenspring Drive, Suite 200, Timonium, MD 21093-4164