Leonora Ann Montoya

Dec 6, 1963 - Mar 20, 2017


Leonora “Leo” Ann Montoya was born on December 6, 1963 to Victoria Santinelli and Leo Montoya in San Mateo, CA. Leo Montoya passed away in a car accident while Vickie was pregnant, in honor of his memory Leonora was named after her father. Growing up in South City, Leo was the protective older sister. After her parents divorced, Leo became a second mom to her siblings – Gary, Socorro, Fay, Jack, and Terry; helping her mom to keep them in line. Leo graduated from South City High School in 1982, where she excelled as a student athlete in basketball.
Leo and Angel Sr began their relationship in 1982 and welcomed Angel Jr in October 1983. Together they spent time living in New Mexico and New Jersey before settling in South City San Francisco, where they welcomed daughter Amanda in 1987. While living in South City, Leo worked at Darby Dan’s and developed a passion for cooking and sharing her delicious food with family and friends.
Leo and Roger Martin began a relationship in 1988 and together they welcomed Julia in 1991 and Anthony in 1993. Although Julia and Anthony were raised by their grandparents, Fran and Paul, Leo maintained an active role in their lives.
Over the years Leo experienced hard times but when her grandchildren Daymion and Baylee Rivera were born, Leo made changes to ensure she was involved in their lives. Leo became “Nana Leo” and she was so proud of that title. Leo’s love for her children and grandchildren was seen and heard by anyone that knew her. She attended every high school and college graduation for all four of her children, and many sporting events for her grandchildren – often being the loudest fan in the stands. Leo had a love for football and baseball and she was a huge San Francisco 49ers and Giants fan. Leo carried her love of sports on to her children and grandchildren. Leo loved the holidays – making Easter baskets and bringing chocolates for the grandkids at Valentine’s Day, buying the biggest fireworks at 4th of July to see the excitement on her grandchildren’s faces, watching them trick-or-treat, and cooking a big Christmas dinner for our families.
To Leo, family was everything. At summer BBQs, birthday parties, holiday parties or random get togethers you could see and feel the love and excitement Leo had when would see her kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, other family and friends No matter where you were in life, she made sure you knew that she was proud of you and let you know that no one could get in your way of accomplishing your goals. Once she invited you in, you became family for life. She extended this love to the Rivera, Martin, Ramirez, and Casillas families and many more.
Leo loved to sing her favorite songs at the top of her lungs, hit the casinos in hopes of winning the jackpot, shooting pool, playing darts, and bowling with her kids and grandkids – she and Jr were always in a battle for 1st place. Leo’s greatest joy in life was to see her children and grandchildren become successful and happy in all aspects of their lives.
On March 20, 2017 at the young age of 53, Leo was tragically taken from all who knew and loved her. Leo’s outgoing personality, protective nature, cheers of encouragement, and laughter will be missed by all who knew her. Leo was preceded in death by her father, Leo Montoya and leaves behind her partner of 30 years, Roger Martin; children Angel Rivera and wife Raquel Rivera, Amanda Rivera, Julia Martin, Anthony Martin; and grandchildren Daymion Rivera and Baylee Rivera mother Victoria; brothers Gary and Jak; sisters Faye, Socorro, and Terry; nieces, nephews; and many other family and friends.

Funeral Home:
Andrews & Greilich Mortuary
3939 Fruitridge Road
Sacramento, CA
US 95820


  • Angel says:

    Leo u where such an outgoing life of the party bright spirited woman. U where loved by so many girl I just can’t believe anyone would do that to u. My prayers r with ur family I hope ur resting in peace now. Ull be missed.

  • Laurie Arnold says:

    So many happy memories and lots of laughs you were taken too soon my friend far too soon!!

  • Geni says:

    Leo girl I can’t even express how I feel, I still cannot believe you were taken away in such a harsh unreal way you were always such a great fun loving spirit person and always there for anyone at any given time. You were always the life of the party no matter where you were. I remember all the great times we had growing up, we lost contact after we started our families and I was so happy when we reconnected with Facebook. I will always keep you in my heart ❤️ My thoughts & prayers go out to your entire family I know how proud you were of your children and grandchildren and loved to hear you brag about them I still can’t believe that we both have a son name Anthony Martin Until we meet again my friend Geni

  • Jody Dandridge says:

    Just no words! You should still be here. May you Rest in Peace. South City homegirl FOR LIFE!

  • Terri Frances says:

    Leonora, you were absolutely too much!!!!!! You always got the hot guys, and the rest of us would say, how the hell did she do that!!!!!! Always laughing, I luved it when you would come over my house and tell me come on, let’s go and we would just go. Girl even though we got older we never lost touch. Especially when I needed your advise. Now your gone, but will never be forgotten, REST IN ETERNAL LIGHT MY FRIEND!

  • Anthony Gonzalez says:

    R.I.P. Leanora

  • Michael Alvarez says:

    I remember Leonora when hanging out with Gary, I think we got on her nerves all in fun. I always remember Leonara as being one cool gal chola’d down. I pray the Lord comfort everyone feeling the pain of losing Leonora so young.

  • Ray Gutierrez says:

    Have a lot of good memories wirh Leonora and Gary growing up as teenagers in ssf . Leonora was tuff but she had much luv and respect for all who were close to her or homeboys and homegirls! Remember many house party’s and ,babe high ,and orange park. It’s sad to hear someone took her life. Out of greed when she had a great open giving heart. What a tragedy. I’m sorry I couldn’t make the service I found out were it was being held at a short notice. My condolences to her family and brother Gary. Rest in peace .Leonora. Amen

  • connie MOORE says:

    prayers going out to family & friend s.

  • Tiffany Hays says:

    R.I.P Leo…i hope u found peace. U were a sweet and caring woman. Thank u for being an understanding ear. My prayers go out to ur family. Much love

  • Sophanna says:

    Leo it still unbelievable that u are gone and we can’t go see u when me and victoria are going through it I thank u for listening to us and giving us the advice u did. You will be greatly missed . And I will forget how u use to tell everyone u wouldn’t believe that me and you were born in the same day and that we were 2 different Sagittarius. Love ya .

  • Julie Cervantes says:

    A very special lady, gone too soon… Miss you babes, Love Julie and Joe Cervantes

  • Iris says:

    I have tons of stories. Leo and I had so many memories. Leo used to come to my house to play basketball. Leo would always bet me $5.00 and she always lost. So she joined the basketball team at school and became a very good player. One day Leo made a bet for $50.00 against one of our guy friends. The bet was she could make the shot from half court at the school gym. They guy took the bet. Leo no sweat thru that ball and swoosh, didn’t even hit the rim. That was the day I would never take her bets. My respects for my buddy. Leo I Luv u and you always be my best friend. Always & forever in my heart.

  • Gregory says:

    I met Leo a few years ago and while sadly we ended friendship on bad terms, I do wish I could say sorry for some of the things I said and to at least see her smile one more time she had the most amazing smile. I’m so sorry and I hope you can rest easy. Please know that in your own way Leo you did touch my heart and soul a do teach me a few lessons I did need to learn. I’ll miss you and pray we can laugh again someday.

  • Kamany says:

    My sincere condolences to Leo’s family. I know she’s up in heaven peeping down on us right now. My son got married this weekend but she was on my mind. I love you girl see you on the other side..

  • Shannon Johnson says:

    I didn’t know her but after reading her obit. I feel like I did. Also, I watched that show in Netflix and I was glad to hear those evil people will never see the light of day outside of prison ever again!!! Rest in peace dear lady, and if ghosts are real, I hope you haunt your killers; especially that evil one who claimed to love you yet did nothing but watch u get murdered and then robbed you after you were killed. Her sister stole her murdering boyfriend. I hope that’s karma just getting warmed up on her!

Sign the Guestbook

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

ERROR: please select I'm not a robot!