Anthonia Nelly Leahy (nee Bloemsma; van Nes)

March 10, 2013 

Anthonia Nelly Leahy, 80, of Cary, NC, has left this life to be with the love of her life, her husband, Mick, on March 7, 2013.

Born in Java, the Dutch East Indies, on 3-3-33, she moved to America in 1950, and was proud to become a US citizen in 1957. She married her devoted husband, A. Michael Leahy, III on the first day of Spring in March 1954. Together they raised a family of five children and lived in many states along the east coast, eventually settling in North Carolina. Ann was a teacher at Topsail Middle School in Hampstead, NC and retired in 1997. One of their favorite things to do was to have a “12th Night” party, in early January. Ann could really throw down a nice spread, she loved to cook and entertain, and you could always count on a good party at the Leahy house.

Anthonia was predeceased by her loving husband of 56 years, Lt. Col. A. Michael Leahy III, USMC, Ret., her beloved daughter Kristina Genieve Celich and her brother Bill Bloemsma.

Ann is survived by her loving children, Patricia Ann (Will) Brown; Erin Marie (Randy) Mauterer; Albert Michael (Andrea) Leahy IV; James Edward Martin (Vikki) Leahy; and her son-in-law, Albert Celich. She is Gram to her grandchildren, Nathan (Siobhan) Lankford; Joseph (Linda) Lankford; Libby, Sam and Albert Celich; Madelyn and Marty Mauterer; Gwen and Kelvin Leahy; and her great granddaughter, Nerys McInerney-Lankford. She also leaves behind her sisters Joan (Robert) Winklareth, Joy Skelton, Coralie van Nes and Ans Bloemsma, as well as many sisters- and brothers-in law, nieces, nephews, family and friends.

The family will receive visitors from 4-8pm, Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Andrews Mortuary Hampstead Chapel, 17730 Hwy 17 N., Hampstead, NC 28443.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 9:30am, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Parish, 18737 Hwy 17 N. Hampstead, NC 28443.

Burial will follow at 12pm, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Montford Point Rd., Jacksonville, NC, 28540.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.

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