Leanna was the sweetest person and will be missed terribly she was the greatest pb4 you could go to her for anything and she was always there for everyone
It is with much sorrow that I write this tribute and retell memories of time spent with dear cousin Leann.
I first visited Southern Indiana on summer vacation in 1987 for the 4th of July Trusty Family Reunion in Linton, Indiana. My then fiancé, Earl, took me to meet the family after becoming engaged. Everyone was so welcoming…most especially Leann. She stayed with me for most of the time as I’m sure she sensed that I was a “tiny” bit shy and terrified.
What drew me close to her was that she was so kind and sweet to me. Her contagious laughter made me feel very comfortable.
From then on, I knew and felt that I was home. My home away from home. All the cousins were extremely welcoming and nice. Most especially Leann. She made it her policy to let Earl and me feel welcome ALWAYS. Her home as most of the family Indiana homes had an open-door policy for Earl and me. I found this to be very embracing as that was what I was familiar with / accustomed to. In addition, I came to know that Leann was an excellent cook and baker.
In the late-night hours, she would leave the light on for us if it was all right for us to visit.
When visiting Indiana, aside from loving visiting with my sister Ruth Marie Trusty Mattox, I loved visiting with Leann. She was my walking “buddy”. As we would walk throughout Vicksburg, she would recount the history and happenings of each of the houses of the hamlet of 168+ Population. I truly enjoyed the time spent with her and the stories shared.
Leann knew that I prided myself on being a “scary cat” / aka a coward. When she knew I was alone at Mom and Dad Trusty’s house, she made herself available to me in case I needed anything. Once, when I had stayed in Indiana for several weeks in 1997 to take care of Mom after Dad passed away, I had spotted an unknown man lurking about the house. I immediately called Leanne who guided me to stay calm and that no matter what she was there to protect me.
Time spent with Leann and Jeff was always fun. When my parents visited Indiana to meet the family, she was our tour guide on our visit to the JOHN DILLINGER MUSEUM/Brown County/Little Nashville, Indiana. The museum is no longer there; however, the memories remain of a wonderful time spent with the always gregarious cousin Leann.
Another memorable trip was our tour with Jeff, Leann, along with friends Mike and Lisa Mair to MADISON, Indiana. We toured the city and its beautiful architecture of long ago along the Ohio River. She easily could have become a docent as she was quite knowledgeable about the area.
One time when Earl and I were planning to move to Indiana, we even talked about going into business together as I would have wanted to promote her salsa which should have been on every shelf in the USA. As we all know, the move never happened! Yes, I’m still afraid of the Indiana winters. 😊
To cousin Leann, Thank you for your kindness. Rest in Peace. You will be missed.
To my Indiana cousins, the Stockrahm Family, I once again send my deepest sympathy along with Big Hugs and much love.
It is difficult to know where to begin a tribute to someone who you remember as always being a part of your life.
My first real memory of Leann was of when my sister Debra would put me in the basket of her bicycle and tell me she was going to drop me off at my cousin Leann’s to play while she did her paper route around Vicksburg. This, I could say, began our official journey. God has a way of preparing a road for you.
For my cousin Leann, cousin Frances, and I, God put us in a club that we adapted to rather well. It was the club of being the youngest in our family with our siblings being much older than each of us. When we were kids, we were each other’s best friends and confidantes. With one other benefit, we were family and we knew whatever happened we would always be family. Leann was always full of energy, she was the little girl with a million questions and a fast return. She was bright, fun to be with, loved Elvis when she was little and as she grew older had crushes on Bobby Sherman, Leif Garrett, and David Cassidy. Leann had all of their pictures plastered on her bedroom wall. Sorry, Jeff, Leann had a serious (Hollywood) love interest before you. :).
Leann and I had such a fun childhood together. We fought like brother and sister and so many people thought we were. To the point that a lot of times we didn’t bother to correct them because in so many ways we were. We would always kid each other and say we could be each other’s biggest blackmailers; and, believe me, we could. During the years that she lived in Indianapolis, we would count the days until we could see each other. So, we would write each other letters. Our Grandpa gave us each a brother and sister cocker spaniel when we were 3 and 4 years old. Leann loved her dog, Taffy. Taffy disappeared when Leann was around 6 which is still a mystery to this day. For a long time, Leann would go out to the field behind her house and call for “Taffy!” She always had a big heart for animals. When she would get me really so mad that I couldn’t see straight, all I had to say was the name Taffy and she would cry. I won! I know that sounds horrible but she, too, knew which of my buttons to push. Leann never gave up hope that Taffy would someday come home. I think that is one of the reasons that she was such a wonderful mother and wife. She was an optimist.
She loved her family especially, her kids, her husband, nieces, and nephews. She loved her sister Charlene (whom she called Sissy when she was little), and she loved her sleepovers with her. I know she will always be Renee’s fun cool aunt. Most recently, she loved being connected with her sister Janie. Leann loved her children with all of her heart. Her love and life lessons will always be in their hearts and actions. Her life will be remembered and passed down throughout the generations.
We all have Leann stories. Here's one more...
Once upon a time, when we were teenagers, we worked in Illinois for Del Monte picking tomatoes, standing side by side as the conveyor belt moved along. It was so darn hot, playing music, working, and having a good time. Then suddenly, without notice, we broke into one of our moments when we both became really ticked off at each other. I, of course, do not remember who started it, but we both began taking turns and smashing hot field tomatoes on each other. We did it one at a time on different areas: under my hat, under our armpit, inside the chest of each other's overalls. It was right out of a Lucy and Ethel episode. Then we finally got so tired and started to crack up; and, then reality hit. We had to ride on a non-air-conditioned bus all the way back to Indiana (in the middle of summer). Many years later, we would still laugh about that.
Lou-Ann Poovie, Poovis (was the nickname I gave her when we were playing badminton in her backyard). We were big Gomer Pyle fans!
Leann, I really feel that you left this world too soon.
I can only imagine right now you dancing before Jesus, holding Taffy, catching up with your Mom.
I will always remember our times, playing in the sandbox, playing Red Rover, and Mother May I at Grandpa, and Grandma Trusty's yard. I will always laugh when I remember when we were teenagers "Going Wild in The Sticks". I and many others will miss your famous salsa!
Dear Cousins my heart and love go out to you.
Love, big hugs, and many prayers for you all.
Your cousin, Earl
So sorry for your loss.My prayers are with your family.🙏💜
Praying for all of you!!
Pastor & Glenda Shaw, Justin & Jake
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
I am sad to lose my dear cousin
Your loss makes the world a darker place.
Sorry for your loss prayers for all
Surely goodness and mercy have followed you all the days of your life and you shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
In memory of Leann Stockrahm, Debi McLeod lit a candle
In memory of Leann Stockrahm, rita boyd lit a candle
LeAnn is my very sweet cousin and I will miss her
Leann we missed, I know that she is celebrating in Heaven!
My prayers for the family!! She was a class mate of mine!
So sorry for your loss. I worked with her briefly at Boston Scientific and she truly touched my life. She will be missed greatly.
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.