Margaret Jeanette Leatso
1912 - 2003
Known to her family as Mom, Gram, and
Anma by her children, in-laws, grandchildren,
great grandchildren and great great grandchildren,
Margaret Leatso, nee Skicka, has left a legacy of
loving kindness. Margaret was born into a Polish
immigrant family, the fifth child of the six children of Frank Skicki and
Catherine Niezgoda. She and her family moved out of Albany to a farm
in Colonie on the Albany Shaker Road in 1914. It was there that she met and
married Bill Leatso and moved to the Leatso Farm in 1930.
In the years that followed Bill, Margaret and their children, Louis and Marilyn
would share their home, known as the Wolf/Kemp House, with Elsie and
Frank Abt, Bill's sister and brother-in-law. The Leatso farm started out as a
typical vegetable truck farm from which Bill and later his son Louis sold their
produce at the Albany Farmer's Market. This changed when the Northway
was built and cut off a major portion of the farm. Additional greenhouses
were built and the major product changed from vegetables to flowers and their
stand, known as Leatso's Flowers, supplied both the market and individuals
from all over the Albany area.
After the death of her son and with Wolf Road
changing from rural farming to a busy commercial
center the farm was no longer economically feasible.
Margaret came to share her time with Marcia, her daughter-
in-law in Albany and Marilyn and Ron, her daughter and
son-in-law in Biloxi, Mississippi. Due to injuries sustained in 2001 and illness
she stayed in the South until her death in June of 2003.
Shortly before her death she sold the farm which will be turned into a modern
hotel. Even though she was unable to finish school because she had to work
on the family farm, Margaret knew the value of a good education. After taking
care of her adult family she assured all the school age children, who included
six great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren would be able to
attend college through investments in education endowment funds.
We all will miss her, but never forget her as her legacy enriches the lives of all
the generations that follow.