Barbara Higgins (Higgins) Leite

March 7, 1926 ~ November 23, 2020 (age 94)


Barbara Higgins Leite, 94, of Angola, Indiana, peacefully passed away on Monday, November 23, 2020.

She was born on March 7, 1926 in Adrian, Michigan to James and Elizabeth (Mulligan) Higgins.  Barbara received her bachelor’s degree in education at Sienna Heights College, Sienna Heights, Michigan.  She married Dr. Richard Joseph Leite on November 19, 1955.

Barbara was a teacher and taught English and Spanish in public schools.  She had also worked for Washtenaw County, Michigan as a social worker. Most importantly she was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Barbara was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Angola, Indiana.  She enjoyed reading, politics and was an avid antique collector.

Surviving are her children, Mark (Karen) Leite of Denver, North Carolina, Jeffrey (Lynne) Leite of Laguna Hills, California and Mary Leite of Fremont, Indiana.  Also surviving are her 7 grandchildren, Alicia (Drew) Hartley, Joshua (Melissa) Leite, Ryan Leite, Rachel Leite, Logan Berlew, Katie Berlew and Lukas Berlew and her four great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Caleb, Niko and Luciana.

She was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband, Dr. Richard Joseph Leite on February 13, 2010 and siblings, Dr. J. Higgins, Jane Gregory, Helen Reid and Claire Higgins.

A Celebration of Life Mass will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to Parkview Noble Hospice, 1900 Carew St., Suite 6, Fort Wayne, IN  46805.

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Celebration of Life Mass will be held at a later date.


Parkview Noble Hospice
1999 Carew Street, Suite 6, Fort Wayne, IN 46805,

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