Leona E. Clapper, 90, passed away peacefully on June 28, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on March 11, 1930, in North Haven to Clarence and Lena Stone. She spent most of her adult life in Bucksport, where she raised her 12 children with her husband of 67 years, Charles. She had a strong love for her family and friends. She was always smiling and ready to give a hug to all.
Leona was a competitive runner in the local community for many years. She completed a number of marathons. She was well known and admired among runners. In 1992, she was inducted into the Maine Running Hall of Fame.
Besides running, Leona also loved playing bridge and knitting. She and her husband frequently played in bridge groups. She knit numerous items for family and friends, and also donated many to her church’s craft fair. She was a longtime parishioner of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Bucksport.
In addition to her parents, Leona was predeceased by her sister, Harriet Pendleton and her husband, Danny Pendleton; her sister, Eleanor Jackson; her daughter, Barbara Thompson; and by her sons-in-law, Richard Stevens, Richard Leach and Richard Schroeder.
Leona is survived by her husband, Charles; her sister, Marjorie Pendleton, and her husband, James Pendleton; her brother-in-law, Paul Jackson; her son, Charles, and his wife, Alta; her daughter, Leona Stevens; her daughter, Catherine Leach; her daughter, Theresa Clapper; her son, Thomas Clapper; her son-in-law, Thomas Thompson; her son, Gerard Clapper and his wife Caskie; her son, Joseph Clapper and his wife Renee; her daughter, Margaret Jones, and her husband, Christopher; her daughter, Mary Buck and her husband, Bryan; her daughter, Patricia Craig, and her husband, John; and her son, Michael Clapper and his wife, Regina. She is also survived by dozens of grandchildren and great grandchildren.
There will be a private service for family only later in the summer. There will be a celebration of life for family and friends at a later date.
Arrangements by Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Bucksport. www.mitchelltweedie-young.com.