Joan D'Angelo, homemaker

Joan D'Angelo, a homemaker and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra volunteer, died of complications from pneumonia March 15 at Bay Woods in Annapolis. She was 90.

Born Joan Shumaker in Allentown, Pa., she attended school in Lancaster and was a 1941 graduate of Catonsville High School. She also attended the Bard Avon School in downtown Baltimore.

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 March of Dimes and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She was a past president of the Four Seasons Garden Club and won blue ribbons for her flower arrangements. She also modeled for charity fashion shows and was an accomplished cook.

"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 Easton and Kraig Leatherman of Timonium; two other daughters, Kater Leatherman of Annapolis and Kerry Dunnington of Baltimore; a sister, Nancy Birch of Bensalem, Pa.; and five grandchildren.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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