Elizabeth J. “Penny” León

May 3, 1960 - September 23, 2020

Elizabeth J. “Penny” León, age 60, of Delaware City, DE, passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

Born in Wilmington, DE on May 3, 1960, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Bonnie (Heeren) Schirling. Penny worked as the activities director at the Governor Bacon Health Center. In her spare time, she enjoyed playing games on Facebook. Above all, Penny cherished time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Penny is survived by her husband of 40 years, Donato León, Sr.; children, Donato León, Jr. (Brenda) of Newark, Thomas León (Cara) of Wisconsin and T.T. León of Delaware City; grandchildren, Alexus, Ronnie, Hayley, Little Nado, Casey, Riley and Joey; and siblings, Michael Schirling, Ronda Pfarner, Carolyn King, Patty Lahman and Douglas Schirling.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 2 pm until 3 pm on Friday, September 25, 2020, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 3 pm. Face masks will be required for all in attendance. Interment will be held privately.


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25 Condolences for Elizabeth J. “Penny” León

  • Prayers for strength and peace during this difficult time.

  • Donado, my condolence to you and your family. Penny was loved by everyone .


  • I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Penny. She had an amazing heart and cared about all of our residents at GBHC . RIP Penny , you will be missed.

  • Penny was a very sweet and caring person. We will miss her dearly. 😓 Terry & Jodi Schirling.

  • I am so sorry to hear the passing of Penny . We worked together in the activities department at Governor Bacon. She always talked about how much she loved her family and was very proud of them. She will be missed. Prayers to Donato and her children.

  • I worked with Penny many years ago at GBHC. How sad to hear. My condolences to the family, especially Donato. I know you really loved her.

  • My aunt u had a heart of gold it hard believe your gone i will miss you so much fly high beautiful

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your time of loss. Penny blessed the lives of so many that knew and loved her. She will be greatly missed.

  • Donato soo sorry about hearing about Penny. You 2 were the best neighbors when you lived in Townsend. Keeping you and the family covered in prayer. God bless you. Art Boone

  • I’m am so sad. Penny was like my little sister. I met Penny when I was 11 and she was 8 through Aunt Sue. The three of us spent a lot of hours at her and Donado table laughing as young mothers. She and I grew up together, we went to school together, we got our NA certificate together, we worked together, and she was my neighbor for many years, she was my family. I will miss her awful. I will keep the family in prayers. I love you guys.

  • I am very sorry to hear about Penny’s passing. I worked with her at Governor Bacon Health Center. She loved all the Governor Bacon residents and would go above and beyond to help them have a good quality of life and be happy. She also deeply loved her family and was very proud of each family member. Many prayers to the Leon family as you go through this difficult time.
    Kim Kuhn

  • My Memaw. I am so, so sorry to have not seen you in so long, and my heart hurts to know you aren’t here. I can’t imagine it, because I know you will always be with me. I love you so much, and know you’ll continue to take care of all of us. Thank you for teaching me so much love.

  • I’m so sorry Donota my thoughts and prayers for you and your family

  • Penny Passing is a huge loss to all that knew and loved her. The Lord knew she was a very special angel on earth so I guess he decided he needed her to soon. I will forever remember her, her laughter, kindness and up front honesty about a topic. My deepest sympathies to all of her loved ones. Sharon and Bill Whittaker

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember sitting at y’all’s kitchen table and just talking when I was younger I always enjoyed it. I will keep y’all in my prayers.🙏🙏

  • Sending loving thoughts and prayers to the Leon Family! My heart is truly broken for all of you! I will miss Penny, she was an amazing woman and I’m glad to have known her all of my life. Lil Donato, we have been like family since we were kids, just know I’m always here. Hugs!!

  • I still can’t believe she is gone from us. But, as her Aunt Susan would say, “Absent from the Body; Present with the Lord”. Another Angel has received her wings, and I am sure she and Susan are walking those streets of gold together now. My heart goes out to her family.

  • Donato and family,
    I am very sorry to hear about your Wife and Mother. Penny was a wonderful Person
    💕to our residents. Always Willing to make them happy 😊you surely will be missed… Rest In Peace my friend 💕💕

  • Donato, my deepest condolences to you and your family. My heart is aching. Penny was such a beautiful sole inside and out. May she rest in peace.

  • You were such a good person .Miss u and luv u

  • My condolences to everyone.. I’m so sorry to hear of her passing I’m glad it was posted on Facebook because that’s how I got to find out.. I have no words at all other than I pray for all of you and I’m so sorry love you all Elizabeth

  • I am so sadden to hear this I knew Penny for many years. Prayers 🙏 and blessings to the entire family. Donato I am so sorry for your lost she loved you so much.

  • Donato and Family. we are so very sorry for your loss. praying for God to give you all strength to live without Penny. RIP Penny

  • Sorry to hear of your loss —I worked at Govenor Bacon after she left. I did not know her but she sounded like a wonderful person to know.

  • Donato,
    I’m so sorry to be reading this so late. Still sending hugs and prayers! Hope you are doing well old friend!
    Lindsay aka Linzo