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Dorothy Jean Hooft Leonelli

Dorothy Jean Hooft Leonelli

1941 ~ 2023
Dorothy Jean Hooft Leonelli, our family matriarch and protector, died Saturday, June 17, at home with her family by her side. She lost a 3-year battle to cancer, however was a fighter until the bitter end. She was born July 2, 1941, in Winnemucca, Nevada, to Willem and Geertje Visser Hooft. She graduated from Humboldt High School in 1959 and moved to Utah shortly after, where she met and married Samuel Leonelli on December 11, 1965. She was embraced by the Leonelli’s and easily blended into the Tooele community where she raised their family.

She was fortunate to be a stay-at-home Mom until 1982. She then started her career working as the Administrator at Family Practice Group and then the Tooele County School District where she retired in 2007.

She is survived by her five children: Craig, Lisa, David (Nathalie), Nicholas (Angie), and Shanz (Alexis), 13 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews that she loved deeply.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, her parents and siblings Willie Hooft, Albert Hooft, Raymond Hooft, and Agnes Johnson.

A Visitation is scheduled for Friday, June 23from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. followed by a Service starting at 11 a.m., at The White House Gathering Place, 82 S. West Street, Grantsville, UT. 

Interment will be at the Tooele City Cemetery following the Service.

Online memories may be shared at 435-884-3031


  • Rhonda Gillespie Larsen Posted June 18, 2023 11:14 pm

    My memories of Dorothy is how much she loved her family
    She enjoyed supporting their kids in their interests
    Mike and I send our condolences to each of you and may you feel comfort as you feel all the love that your parents/grandparents had for you while you were together along with the precious reunion with Sam

  • Kimi Kankelborg Posted June 19, 2023 8:02 am

    I was very saddened by the news of Dorothys’ passing, she was a very gentle, loving, caring, and compassionate person, who loved everyone and really loved her Family.
    Rest In Peace Dorothy, may the Lord take you in his arms and guide you to your next journey…
    Love, Hugs and Peace to the Leonelli Family at this very difficult time, God Bless you and look over you and comfort you.
    May her memory be eternal
    With Love and Peace, God Bless
    Kimi Kankelborg

  • Bobbie Roberts Posted June 19, 2023 1:48 pm

    I am so sorry. I loved working with Dorothy. I remember her smile and fun stories

  • Karie Jackson Posted June 24, 2023 7:31 am

    The Jackson family sends our heartfelt sympathy and abundant love to the Leonelli family. We all have tender memories of all the fun times we spent together. May you always remember how much your Mom loved you. May peace and comfort be.with each one of you. God be with you. Most sincerely. Karie and Lloyd Jackson Family

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