ForeverMissed
Lenore Helen Montigne (Toomey) (Leo Nosal), 75, of Lake Saint Louis, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones after a short battle with lung cancer, on July 9, 2019. 

When Lenore died on July 9, no one was more shocked than her family and the hospice care staff. Only hours earlier, Lenore decided on her own to enter hospice care and “transition.” She declared that staying here on Earth any longer would be “ridiculous.” The “practical” thing to do would be to move on now, and that was what she was going to do. And so she did. Within 12 hours. No fuss, with a new gel manicure and beautiful flushed cheeks. 

Lenore leaves behind her husband Mike Montigne of Lake Saint Louis, her sister, Marilyn Carol Dame of Mechanicville, NY, her half-siblings Leo, Michael and Mary Chris Nosal, and her nieces Genevieve Dame and Caitlin Richmond of Atlanta, Georgia, and Diana Dame of Aspen, Colorado. Lenore is predeceased by her parents, Helen and Leo, her sister Susan McClusky, and her first husband Donald Toomey. 

Lenore’s family would appreciate any pictures or stories you have regarding her life and impact she may have had. There is no better celebration for a life well lived than sharing memories! Please leave comments, pictures, and/or videos below or email them to dianadame11@gmail.com



Posted by Michaelantonio Luckette on August 19, 2019
Mrs. Toomey was my Geometry & Trigonometry teacher at East Syracuse Minoa Highschool in '85 & '86.
She was very good at helping us understand those difficult subjects, especially me, who is not naturally inclined towards mathematics.
If it wasn't for her, I would not have received my Regents Diploma from the State of New York.
But I was not alone, she guided many of us to this special honor, & for this, we are very grateful...

P.S. On the Day of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, I went to her for confirmation of this tragedy when another student said it happened. She calmly took me aside, & with sad eyes, broke the news to me gently.
She had a way to handle tough situations gracefully.
Posted by Pat Santulli on August 10, 2019
Lee was one of the first teachers I met when I began teaching in 1966 in the East Syracuse-Minoa School District. We taught together until I retired in 1997. It is difficult to imagine her no longer with us. My condolences to her husband.
Posted by Janet Goncalves on August 7, 2019
Lenore or as I knew her then as Mrs. Toomey. She was my math teacher at East Syracuse Minoa High School for 2 years from 1993-1994. She was one of my favorite teachers and could always read me like a book and when I had a question. She was one of my most favorite teachers and I always LOVED her class because of the energy she had.  I still remember her counting down her years to retirement. I think it was about 2 years left when I had her. You will be truly missed.
Posted by Judy Chase on August 3, 2019
Met Lee And Don in the 60’s when my ex-husband started teaching at Minoa Ninth. So much fun to be around. I thought I had recently found her on Facebook but said she was in Arizona. Heaven is going to be a happier place with Lee❤️
Posted by Marilyn Dominick on August 1, 2019
I remember Miss Nosal when she began teaching at East Syracuse Minoa High School, where I was a student. Her husband Don and she were both teachers and soon fell in love and married. We students thought that was very cool! Don taught high level math classes and when we would stay after and struggle with that, Mrs. Toomey would come in and encourage us, and make us suffer less, lol. She is such a lovely, gracious person and I remember her with great respect and love. So sorry for your loss - she had a wonderful positive impact on everyone blessed to know her on this earth!

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Posted by Michaelantonio Luckette on August 19, 2019
Mrs. Toomey was my Geometry & Trigonometry teacher at East Syracuse Minoa Highschool in '85 & '86.
She was very good at helping us understand those difficult subjects, especially me, who is not naturally inclined towards mathematics.
If it wasn't for her, I would not have received my Regents Diploma from the State of New York.
But I was not alone, she guided many of us to this special honor, & for this, we are very grateful...

P.S. On the Day of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, I went to her for confirmation of this tragedy when another student said it happened. She calmly took me aside, & with sad eyes, broke the news to me gently.
She had a way to handle tough situations gracefully.
Posted by Pat Santulli on August 10, 2019
Lee was one of the first teachers I met when I began teaching in 1966 in the East Syracuse-Minoa School District. We taught together until I retired in 1997. It is difficult to imagine her no longer with us. My condolences to her husband.
Posted by Janet Goncalves on August 7, 2019
Lenore or as I knew her then as Mrs. Toomey. She was my math teacher at East Syracuse Minoa High School for 2 years from 1993-1994. She was one of my favorite teachers and could always read me like a book and when I had a question. She was one of my most favorite teachers and I always LOVED her class because of the energy she had.  I still remember her counting down her years to retirement. I think it was about 2 years left when I had her. You will be truly missed.
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Also known as Lee, Leo, Aunt DD, and Deed by those closest to her, Lenore lived and worked with her parents Leo and Helen at Lee’s Park on Fish Creek in Saratoga Springs, NY in the 1950’s. She rented out canoes near the beach, served tables at the restaurant, and checked people into the campground. In 1961, Lenore graduated from Saratoga High School, a member of the National Honor Society, prom court, drama club, and countless other activities. Lenore was able to socially network successfully everywhere she went, consistently establishing close friendships every place she moved. 


After earning a teaching degree at SUNY Albany, Lenore spent 30 years teaching Algebra at Minoa High School as a widely skilled and respected educator, impacting countless lives along her way. Her gift for numbers and teaching precision earned her recognition from New York State for excellence in teaching as many of her students passed the Regents exams.


Lenore was always the life of the party. She enjoyed hosting events such as Thanksgiving dinner, card parties, and outings, and she was a master at bridge and mahjong. She loved a good competition, just the way she loved a perfectly set table with coordinated napkins and plates based on the season as well as snacks such as smoked sausage, shrimp, and martinis. Lenore lived her life to the absolute fullest! You could find her at the Black Jack or Texas Hold ‘Em table with a smile on her face, always willing to take a gamble on her luck, taking care of her dogs like her large German Shepherd, Oscar, or navigating her scooter at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween in Disney, sometimes running into an ankle or two.  


Her strength and tenacity to find joy in her life was infectious. She was a loyal wife and friend. When Lenore’s first husband, Donald Toomey, died in 2009, Lenore decidedly reinvented herself - something her family is most proud of. Despite the fact that she was away from New York and living in a new city (Green Valley, Arizona), Lenore got out of the house, made new friends, took trips to Europe and throughout the world, travelled to see family, and bought a cropped leather jacket with a pair of tight jeans to show off her fabulously lean legs. She took impeccable care of her skin and it showed. Lenore radiated at a time when she could have let herself go, evidence of a well of strength that we should all be so lucky to have. 


In 2015, Lenore eloped in Las Vegas with her second husband, Mike Montigne, married by an Elvis Presley impersonator. Mike and Lenore had met after being set up as partners in a bridge group, falling in love quickly and with fireworks. 


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