The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


April 18, 2013

Elaine Hill Leise

Reynolds teacher served in church, 4-H, Scouts

---- — A funeral service will be held Monday for Elaine Hill Leise of 50 Redfoot Road, Delaware Township (Greenville). She passed away at 5:01 a.m. Thursday (4-18-13) in her residence with her family by her side, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 47.

Mrs. Leise was born March 28, 1966, in Grove City, a daughter of Harold D. and Marlyn A. Faulconbridge Hill.

Elaine was a 1984 graduate of Lakeview High School and went on to graduate from Clarion University in 1990 with a degree in early childhood development and reading. In 1992, she received her master’s degree from Slippery Rock University.

Mrs. Leise was a kindergarten teacher for Reynolds School District. She was instrumental in the continuation of the school district’s “Success by Six” program.

Elaine was an active member of Fairfield Presbyterian Church, Sandy Lake, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, and was active with the youth and adult choirs. She served as church treasurer and on many church committees through the years. She also taught children at various local vacation Bible school programs.

Throughout her youth, Mrs. Leise was active in the local 4-H programs and, following her graduation from high school,  became a leader with the No-Bull 4-H Dairy Club. She had served as the Mercer County Dairy Princess and continued to serve on the Mercer County Dairy Princess Committee, of which she was currently the treasurer.

Elaine was previously the Pennsylvania Guernsey Queen. She served as chairman of the Mercer County Dairy Promotion Committee for many years, a position that she still held. She was a member of the Mercer-Northwest Guernsey Breeder’s Association.

She was very active in the Reynolds Parent Teacher Organization and an active Scout mom with Women of Scouting (WOS), Reynolds Boy Scout Troop 52. On Sunday, April 14, 2013, she received her Eagle Scout Mom’s pin from her son, Matthew, as he was awarded his Eagle Scout Award.

Elaine was a proud wresting mom, a very active member of the Reynold’s Wrestling Boosters Club and faithfully enjoyed attending and supporting her sons’ in their wrestling competition.

Elaine was a soccer mom, having coached with the Greenville Area Soccer Association.

She is survived by her husband, Peter W. Leise, whom she married June 20, 1992; a daughter, Rebekah E. Leise; and two sons, Matthew W. Leise and Joel D. Leise, all at home; her parents, Sandy Lake; a sister, Joanne C. Knapp and her husband Thomas Knapp Jr., Greenville; a brother, Troy H. Hill and his wife Michelle, Sandy Lake; and a niece and nephew, Owen and Lydia Hill.

The family has suggested that memorial tributes may be made to Fairfield Presbyterian Church, 41 Deer Creek Road, Sandy Lake, PA 16145; or Reynolds PTO, Attention: Val Miller, president, 1609 Brentwood Drive, Greenville, PA 16125.

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