January 11, 1927 - March 6, 2018

Eldred, NY

Gisele Leavenworth, 91 of Eldred, NY, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2018 at Catskill Regional Medical Center. Gisele, the daughter of Cyrus and Jeanne Rouillon, was born in Paris, France on January 11, 1927.

She is survived by her sister, Marie Therese Guerard of Viroflay, France. After graduating from Secretarial School, Gisele was employed by Catholic Charities in Paris. Gisele met her late husband, James Leavenworth, who was an U.S. Army Air Force soldier, while he was stationed in Paris during World War II. Gisele moved to the U.S. after WWII at the age of 19, and James and Gisele were married for 57 years prior his passing. Gisele was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed gardening, reading, taking brisk walks, swimming, the beach, socializing with her many friends and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Gisele was an excellent baker, like her father who was a French baker in Paris. She was very physically active well into her later years.

Gisele is survived by her son, David Leavenworth and daughter-in-law, Dianne Leavenworth of Eldred, daughter, Nancy Leo and son-in-law, Arthur Leo of Hillsborough, NJ, daughter Cynthia Bellinger and son-in-law, Dick Bellinger of Springfield Center, NY. She is also survived by grandchildren: Kelly Leavenworth Lee and husband, Phil Lee of Mamaroneck, NY, Christopher Leo and fiance, Erica Weed of Hoboken, NJ, Alex Leo of Hoboken, NJ and Brad Bellinger and wife, Christine Bellinger of Richfield Springs, NY.

Gisele also had two great-grandchildren, Gisele Lee and Hannah Bellinger and her niece, Linda Bohs and her husband, Norman of Eldred, NY.

Graveside services and burial will be at the Montoza Cemetery in Eldred, NY with time and date to be determined due to inclement weather.

Memorial contributions are recommended in lieu of flowers, and may be made to the Eldred United Methodist Church, 60 Airport Road Eldred, NY 12732 attn. Rev. Linda Bohs.

Funeral arrangements were by Harrison Rasmussen Funeral Home in Barryville, NY 845-557-8010.