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.
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