Mr. Leonard Jason Abell

December 12, 1913January 29, 2011

Dr. Leonard J. Abell, 97, a well known veterinarian, died Saturday, January 29, 2011 in Forsyth Memorial Hospital, Winston-Salem, North Carolina following a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dr. Abell was born December 12, 1913 in Rome, Pennsylvania. He grew up on the family farm in Rome, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Towanda High School and attended the University of Pennsylvania where he earned the Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Abell taught at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School before responding to his Nation’s call to service. Dr. Abell served in the Army Veterinary Corps in World War II serving in the Pacific Theater.

Returning from the Pacific Theater, he married Ruth Smith of Winston-Salem, North Carolina on July 9, 1943. When he completed his military service, they moved to Rome, Pennsylvania where Dr. Abell joined another Veterinarian, Dr. Isaac Stoll to form Stoll and Abell Veterinary Practice. He practiced veterinary medicine throughout Northeast Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York State for 35 years. Dr. and Mrs. Abell retired from the practice and moved to Pfafftown, North Carolina in June 1979.

Dr. Abell was very active in the community as members of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, the Grange, and the Garden Club. He was also a member of the Roman Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons in Rome, PA; the Towanda Pennsylvania Rifle and Pistol Club; and American Legion Post 42 in Towanda, PA where he was a member of the WWII Last Man’s Club.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth; his son Charlie Abell of Fairfax, Virginia; his daughter Sally Rieger of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; his daughter Nina Borow of Williamsport, Pennsylvania; his sister Margerite Harbachuk of Vestal, New York; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Inurnment services for Dr. Abell will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, February 3, 2011 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery. Reverend Dwight Cartner will officiate. Relatives and friends are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in the name of Dr. Leonard Abell be made to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Pfafftown, NC or to Hospice of The Piedmont.


  • Graveside Service Thursday, February 3, 2011

Mr. Leonard Jason Abell

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Leonard Abell

February 4, 2011

Dear Sally and Family,
Sorry to hear about your Dad. I called Jill and I'm sure you will be hearing from her. I'll always remember you Dad giving me worm medicine for my dog Blue. Hard to believe how long ago that was!

Linda (LaBarre) Hosley

February 4, 2011

Nina and family,
So sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. I'm sure you will all greatly miss him. However, I'm sure you all have wonderful memories to hold in your hearts.

Dennis Abell

February 4, 2011

Dear Aunt Ruth, Charlie, Sally, and Nina,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

guy abell

February 3, 2011

Dear Aunt Ruth, Charlie, Sally and Nina

Marti and I have been thinking about Uncle Leonard this morning. I have fond and happy memories from the past. Both girls remember our visit many years ago when we checking out colleges and more recent visits to the cottage. While it is a time of sadness, always think of all the good Uncle Leonard and all the care he provided for animals in need. You can't spend a life much better than that.
guy and marti

Susan Abell

February 3, 2011

I well remember how kind you and Uncle Leonard were to my family and I when we were visiting Elon College in NC. Our thoughts are with you! Susan E. Abell, daughter of Guy and Marti of Rome, PA

Nicole Allen

February 3, 2011

Thinking of you all today. Uncle Leonard was an amazing man and will be greatly missed.

Michael S Ryan

February 3, 2011

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Barbara Dewing-Pavlik

February 2, 2011

Sorry to hear about Uncle Leonard's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Teresa (Murray) Edsell

February 2, 2011

Nina and family,
Sorry to hear of your father's passing. He was a special man who did a great service for many people in the community w/ the veterinary business. He will be greatly missed. Teresa(Murray)Edsell (Rome,PA)

Barbara Boger

February 2, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.