Veronica A. Leonardi, co-owner of Italian food shops in Baltimore and Columbia, died Monday of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was 49 and lived on Transoms Road in Perry Hall.
A Mass of Christian burial for Mrs. Leonardi was being offered today at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 8420 Belair Road, Fullerton.
Ronnie Leonardi, as she was known, and her husband, Rudolph L. "Sonny" Leonardi, have owned the Casa di Pasta shop in north Baltimore's Belvedere Square market since 1986 and more recently opened a shop in Harper's Choice Village in Columbia.
Earlier, they were partners of Frank and Annette Velleggia in Velleggia's Casa di Pasta in Little Italy.
The former Veronica A. Welsh was born in Baltimore. She was a graduate of St. Katharine's School and Catholic High School.
She was a volunteer at the Baltimore Pregnancy Center in Overlea and worked as a volunteer adult literacy tutor.
In addition to her husband, her survivors include two sons, Lawrence L. Leonardi of Columbia and Brian D. Leonardi of Perry Hall; a daughter, Suzanne M. Leonardi of Perry Hall; her parents, Leo and Ann Welsh of Baltimore; and three brothers, Daniel Welsh of Kingsville, David Welsh of Baltimore and Donald Welsh of Kona, Hawaii.