Obituary: Juanita Leal

Juanita Leal, 93, died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, at Kansas Christian Home in Newton. She was born Jan. 27, 1923, in Florence to Jose Theodore and Conception (Reyes) Solis.

She attended Douglas Avenue Assembly of God in Wichita and formerly attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Newton. Juanita enjoyed sewing, cooking and sharing her creations with her family and friends. She also enjoyed dancing and being out with friends. Juanita especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and following their activities.

She is survived by two sons, Anthony Leal of Elkhard, Ind., and Richard Leal of Wichita; four daughters, Rita Chavez, Teresa Jaso, Hope Leal and Leticia Leal, all of Wichita; and stepdaughter Cookie Gonzalez of Newton. Juanita also raised her granddaughter Erica Wilson, who lives in Charlotte, N.C., and she has more than 30 grandchildren, more than 61 great-grandchildren and more than 14 great-great-grandchildren.

Juanita was preceded in death by her parents, son Joseph Leal, infant sister and three brothers.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Matt Kruse presiding. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel in Newton. The family will pray a Rosary at 6 p.m. at the chapel and receive friends until 8 p.m. following the Rosary.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newton.

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