Joan D'Angelo, a homemaker and
Born Joan Shumaker in
In 1945, she married E. Gordon Leatherman, an insurance business owner. He died in 1995.
She raised her family in a house at the corner of Malvern Avenue and Army Road in Ruxton. Family members said she advised her husband when he built what became a neighborhood landmark, a playhouse that is a one-quarter copy of the main house on the property. The playhouse still stands at the corner.
"She was admired for her gracious manner, elegance and gift for hospitality," said her daughter, Kristan Leatherman of Chico, Calif. "She loved staying current with world events and trends and led a healthy lifestyle. She had a never-give-up attitude."
Mrs. D'Angelo was a volunteer with the Children's Hospital, the
"She believed that the secret to good food was learning how to season it well," her daughter said.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. April 6 at Norair Hall at Bay Woods, 7101 Bay Front Drive in Annapolis.
In addition to her daughter, survivors include her husband of 10 years, Robert A. D'Angelo; two sons, Kim Leatherman of