Carol A. (Leonardo, Bowman) McKenna

Carol McKenna - Rochester, NY - Rochester Cremation

Canandaigua, NY:  Carol passed away after a valiant four-year battle with cancer at age 67 on July 27, 2019.

Carol is survived by her husband Thomas M. McKenna, Jr.; son Thomas K. (Julie) Bowman, daughter Kristine (Christian) Champion; grandchildren Nicholas, Jessica and Jillian Bowman; Elise and Luke Champion; her mother Barbara J. Smith; sisters Diane (Larry) Weber and Marilyn (Bill) Bohrer; and brother Richard (Cathy) Leonardo; uncle James Feeley; special cousin Joann Spano; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father Richard Leonardo.

Carol had an accomplished sales career with Frontier Communications and Time Warner. She was an outstanding cook and fun-loving hostess providing memorable times for family and friends alike. She enjoyed vacationing in the 1000 Islands, Las Vegas and Venice, Florida sharing great times with those she loved.

Carol was a loving wife, and the best mother, grandmother, sister, and friend anyone could have. Carol will be remembered for her strength, her selflessness, and her infinite wisdom.

Per Carol’s wishes there will be no visitation. Final arrangements will be private.

Donations in Carol’s memory may be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, 33 Westmoreland Drive, Rochester, NY 14620 or Make a Wish Foundation of Western NY, visit

3 Condolences

  1. Stacey Olsen on August 2, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    Family and friends of Carol,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Carol was a dear friend to our parents, Gordon and Marla Stoll, and we felt as though we knew her personally through the stories of many fun-filled times and meaningful memories. When we would see her she always had a smile on her face!
    We pray for each of you during this difficult time. God bless!
    Stacey & Jim Olsen, Khristi Stoll, Karin Stoll, and Scott & Pam Stoll

  2. Ann Cassara on August 5, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Dear Carol,
    What is there to say other then Thank You for being such a role model, inspiration and a great person to everyone. Your beautiful smiling face will be missed by all. The years of fun and laughter will live in all of our hearts & memories. It is unbelievable how through your last years of suffering you never complained and always worried about everyone else. I will never forget the last time you came to hear Mark play. No matter how tired you were you made it out with that beautiful smile that warmed our hearts to see you. We all have a hole in our hearts but your family & cousin Joanne feel and even greater loss without you! Love you Carol and may you RIP until we all meet again!
    Love you – Ann Cassara

  3. Steve Leonardo on August 6, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Carol, I will miss you. I will remember picking up you and Diane as teenagers in my 62 Tbird on weekend to , if I remember right to go to dances. You were the rock in the family everyone looked up to. You are at peace and out of pain now.

    To the family: Thomas , Carol’s Husband, whom I never had the privilege of meeting , Diane, Marilyn, Dick, Aunt Barb, and all of Carols children Thomas and Kristine we send you our prayers and deepest sympathy.
    Love Always
    Steve and Jill (Keites) Leonardo

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