Virginia Leese


Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Virginia R. Leese, 89, a resident of Palmer Hills, Bettendorf, and a former longtime resident of Davenport, will be 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1923 Fillmore St., Davenport.

Burial will be in St. Ann’s Cemetery, Long Grove, Iowa. Visitation will begin Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the Halligan – McCabe – DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street downtown Davenport, with a family led rosary that all are encouraged to attend. The family will greet friends after the rosary until 7:00 p.m. 

Mrs. Leese passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park, Davenport, surrounded by her family.

Virginia Ruth Murphy was born March 9, 1922 in Long Grove, the daughter of Patrick and Harriet (O’Connor) Murphy. She was united in marriage to Richard A. “Dick” Leese on October 10, 1942 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Long Grove, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 16, 2006.


Virginia cherished her family, and was a proud mother of her ten children, and her many grandchildren and great grandchildren

She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

Memorials can be made to Assumption High School, Holy Family Church, or Crisis Pregnancy.

Those left to honor her memory include her children and their spouses, Kathleen (Dr. Kenneth) Meyer, Davenport; Dennis (Pam) Leese, Edina, MN; Robert (Jeannine) Leese, LeClaire, Iowa; Jill (Mike) McGuire, Davenport; Connie (John) Nutt, West Des Moines, IA; Dr. Richard Leese, Bloomington, IL; David (Carol) Leese, Allen, Texas; Mary Beth Leese, Davenport; Daniel (Katy) Leese, Mill Valley, CA; Grant (Jane) Leese, Edina, MN; and 30 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick, a grandson in infancy, Michael Meyer, and a daughter-in-law, Dally Leese. May they rest in peace.

A special thank you to Dr. James Darrow for his compassionate care of our Mom.   

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Virginia’s obituary at

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