Elizabeth Leonardo

Elizabeth Ann "Beth" Leonardo

Thursday, July 6th, 1939 - Thursday, June 11th, 2020
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Elizabeth A. Leonardo
1939 – 2020

Cameron, MO- Elizabeth “Beth” Ann (Kirchoff) Leonardo, passed away June 11, 2020 at her home in Cameron. Beth was born July 6, 1939, in New Prague, Minnesota, to Robert and Lola (Hensel) Kirchoff.
Beth graduated from Tomah, WI. High School in 1957, and Brown Institute of Broadcasting in Minneapolis, MN, in 1959. She worked as a radio broadcaster in Brunswick, GA and Maryville, MO.
Beth married Gerald Zirfas in 1962 and together they had three children. They lived in Conception, MO where she served as Postmaster at Conception Junction, MO until her retirement in 2000. While residing in Conception, Beth was a member of St. Columba Catholic Church, Tri-C Memorial American Legion Auxiliary and the Tri-C Community Development Group.
Upon her retirement, Beth married John Leonardo Aug.12, 2000 and moved to Cameron, MO. As a resident of Cameron, Beth was a member of St. Munchin Catholic Church, St. Munchin Altar Society and volunteered as an Ambassador at Cameron Regional Medical Center
Beth was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Bernard Kirchoff and Robert Kirchoff; and two nephews.
She is survived by her husband John Leonardo; 2 sons, Ronald (Julie) Zirfas, Cameron, Robert (Annie) Zirfas, Bethany, MO; daughter Anne (Jason) Youde, Falls City, NE.; 3 sisters, Karen Rapp, Tomah, WI, Kathy Snowberry, Kansas City, Mo, Stepheny (Keith) Gilson, Necedah, WI; 5 step-children, Robert Leonardo, Tess Hanson, Vincent Leonardo, Tony Leonardo, Angie Bassett; 6 grandchildren, Brandon Bryce, Conner, Cassidy, Lauren, Tiffany; 6 step grandchildren, Haylee, Hunter, Elizabeth, B.J. Caitlyn, Nicholas; 5 great grandchildren, Jackson, Tobin, Trey, Catherine, Siren Elizabeth; numerous step great grandchildren.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:00 AM, Monday June 15, 2020 at St. Munchin Catholic Church, Cameron, MO.
Rosary, 6:00 PM Sunday June 14, 2020 at the Poland-Thompson Chapel, Cameron, MO. Visitation 6:30-8:00 PM.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Conception, MO. Memorials may be made to Comfort Care Hospice or Backpack Buddies.
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Arrangements are under the direction of the Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron, MO.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 14th, 2020 | 6:30pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday, June 14th, 2020 6:30pm - 8:00pm
    Poland-Thompson Chapel
    222 W. Third
    CAMERON, MO 64429
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    Rosary will be recited at 6:00 PM prior to visitation.
  • Service

    Monday, June 15th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, June 15th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Munchin Catholic Church
    301 N. Cedar Street
    CAMERON, MO 64429
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Father Tom Ludwig


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Catherine White

Posted at 06:50am
So sorry for your loss Cathy white

Mike & Nancy Hanrahan

Posted at 03:02pm
Beth was a wise woman of deep faith. Nancy and I got to know here through her assistance at Vacation Bible School. She was a willing worker and a pleasant addition to the day. We offer our condolences to the family knowing you are blessed with many fond memories. She is with the Lord and is at peace. We will see her again.

Bill, Connie, Wes, Emily and Greg Bears

Posted at 09:19pm
You are in our prayers
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Frank & Nikki Killingsworth & Family

Posted at 11:29am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Beth was such a wonderful person and will forever have a place in our hearts!
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Denise, Leslie, Jen, Erin, Gwen

Posted at 10:52am
TO: Rob, Ron, Annie and their families who are in our thoughts and prayers for your loss. From your Chillicothe VR family (Arrangement to go to Rob)
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