Johanna Leitner Neukum, 82, of Kinnelon, passed away suddenly at her home on January 31, 2019.
Born September 25, 1936 in Gaas, Austria, Johanna was the daughter of Julius and Susanna Leitner. She immigrated to the US in 1958 and married Martin Neukum in 1961. The couple lived in Clifton before settling in Kinnelon in 1979.
Johanna worked at Balo Precision Parts in Butler, Johanson Electronics in Boonton, and Presto Lock, in Garfield.
Johanna was a gracious hostess and loved to entertain. She could easily throw together a party for 30 or more, making schnitzel, ham, goulash. She was famed for her scrumptious vanilla kipferl, cream cheese cookies, butter gropfen, Linzer cookies, and chocolate short bread logs, which were always a hit and loved by all.
Johanna was a devoted parishioner of Our Lady of the Magnificat Church in Kinnelon and will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Johanna is survived by her children, Susan Fried and her husband Robert, Martin Neukum and his wife Maria, and Heidi LaRusso and her husband David; her brother, Willi Leitner; and her grandchildren, Matthew, Ian, Kathryn, Lucas, Christian, Martin and Suyin. Johanna was predeceased by her husband Martin, her brother Julius Leitner and her sister Hilda Kapeszki.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm on Monday, February 4 at Our Lady of the Magnificat Church, Kinnelon. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 am on Tuesday at the church and burial will follow in the church cemetery