Rosalie Kite Leake

December 14, 1927May 26, 2021

Rosalie Kite Leake of Harrisonburg, Virginia passed away on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at the age of 93.

A daughter of the late Pearl James Kite and Lessie Royer Kite, Rosalie was born on December 14, 1927 near Elkton, Virginia. On October 22, 1954, she married John G. Leake, who survives.

Mrs. Leake graduated from McGaheysville High School. She attended RPI (now VCU) in Richmond, for two years, studying Interior Design.

Mrs. Leake was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, where she was very active for a number of years.

Rosalie is lovingly remembered by her husband, John G. Leake; a daughter Anne Leake Turner (Steve); a son John G. Leake, Jr.; a grandson Ian Frazier (Kelley); as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Rosalie was the last living member of her Kite family. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers and sisters, Ruby K. Gooden, Roland “Bud” Kite, Kathleen K. May, Lelia K. Lilly, Lola K. Lang, James Kite, Glennis K. Bear, Edwin Kite and Wayne Kite.

The family would like to thank Rosalie’s wonderful caregivers over the past five years, who were truly angels on earth. Love and gratitude go to Regina, LeAnne, Heather, Andrea and Katherine.

To honor her wishes, a private graveside will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the food pantry at Emmanuel Episcopal Church or Sentara RMH Hospice Service.

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared with the family by visiting


  • John G. Leake, Husband
  • Anne Leake Turner (Steve), Daughter
  • John G. Leake, Jr., Son
  • Ian Frazier (Kelley), Grandson
  • Numerous, Nieces & Nephews
  • Lessie Royer Kite, Mother (deceased)
  • Pearl James Kite, Father (deceased)
  • Ruby K. Gooden, Sister (deceased)
  • Roland "Bud" Kite, Brother (deceased)
  • Kathleen K. May, Sister (deceased)
  • Lelia K. Lilly, Sister (deceased)
  • Lola K. Lang, Sister (deceased)
  • James Kite, Brother (deceased)
  • Glennis K. Bear, Sister (deceased)
  • Edwin Kite, Brother (deceased)
  • Wayne Kite, Brother (deceased)

  • Emmanuel Episcopal Church
  • Sentara Hospice


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Dennis Simmons

May 30, 2021

John and family: So sorry for your loss. Judy and I will be praying and thinking of you in these trying times. Our blessings to you!

PAT Rogers

May 30, 2021

I loved my Aunt Rosalie, she was a big part of my life growing up. She always encouraged us to get a good education. She will be missed and have a special place in my heart. Love you Rosalie. Pat.

Dick Heatwole

May 28, 2021

John & Family,
Sorry for your loss, Rosie was such a nice person. Always remember her from the many auctions she attended. May the good lord be with you in this troubling time.
Dick & Linda Heatwole

Neal Menefee

May 28, 2021

Rosalie was a neighbor for many years and a wonderful friend of our family. She always had a big smile and some kind words to share with you. We enjoyed many good times together on Elmwood Drive and Maryland Avenue back in the 60s and 70s. Rosalie and her family will certainly be in our thoughts and prayers.

Ann Rice Yager

May 28, 2021

Rosalie was so kind and quiet. We discovered that her son and I had the same disease about 20 years ago and I introduced her to the support group I was attending. It was my blessing to get to know her.
May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Kirk & Norma Sheap

May 27, 2021

You will be in our prayers, John. We will miss Rosalie's smile and her graciousness.
Kirk & Norma Sheap

Jerry Lloyd

May 26, 2021

I'm so sorry that I can't get there to be with the family. I just had stents put in at Duke hospital and can't get around for a while. Hopefully we will be able to get together in the near future with a family reunion. All my love Jerry