Josephine I. "Joy" (LEONARD) WALTERS

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Josephine "Joy" LEONARD LONGENECKER WALTERS (Photo submitted by Jonathan Wert)
Contributed by rkohler3 on 2/23/11 - Image Year: 1945

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Josephine "Joy" Irene Leonard was born in 1926. She was a daughter of Norman Blaine and Ida Viola (Rapp) Leonard. She was first married to John Porter Longenecker and after his death to Russell B. Walters.


Josephine I. ‘Joy’ Longenecker Walters, 91, formerly of McAlisterville and Port Royal, passed away 11:20 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at Locust Grove Retirement Village, Mifflin.

Born on Feb. 6, 1926 in Denholm, Juniata County, she was the daughter of the late Norman and Ida (Rapp) Leonard Sr.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, John P. Longenecker and Russell B. Walters.

Surviving are: four children, Sandra K. Roush, of Marysville; Sharon D. Eaton, of Port Royal; John R. “Butch” Longenecker and wife, Bonnie, of Las Vegas; and Sherry R. Berrier and husband, Dan, of Port Royal; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and several great- great-grandchildren.

Joy, the youngest girl of 15 siblings, was the last of her immediate family.

Formerly, Joy worked at the Rae-Sel Corp., in Port Royal. She later retired from Empire Kosher Poultry Inc., in Mifflintown.

She was a member of the Lost Creek Presbyterian Church in McAlisterville.

Her funeral will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 at the Rex Funeral Home, in Port Royal, with the Rev. Graham C. Fowler officiating.

Interment will follow at New Church Hill Cemetery, Port Royal.

There will be no viewing.

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Contributed by rkohler3 on 9/30/12 - Image Year: 1970
John and Joy (Leonard) Longenecker celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on January 26, 1970. (Photo submitted by John R. Longenecker)
Contributed by rkohler3 on 9/30/12 - Image Year: 1940
LEONARD SIBLINGS: Children of Norman Blaine and Ida Viola (Rapp) Leonard: Joy, Bob and Junior (Photo submitted by John R. Longenecker)
Contributed by rkohler3 on 9/30/12 - Image Year: 1947
MOTHER-DAUGHTER Joy Longenecker with her nine month old daughter, Sharon. (The roof of the Port Royal Elementary School can be seen in the background.) (Photo submitted by John R. Longenecker)
Contributed by longeneckerinc on 9/30/12 - Image Year: 1953
MOTHER and CHILDREN: Joy (Leonard) Longenecker (second from left) with her children (l-r) John, Sandra holding Sherry and Sharon.

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