Leah Marie Perez, 21, of Springfield, passed away unexpectedly on January 6, 2020, due to complications caused by a congenital heart condition. Leah was born on June 5, 1998, the smart and beautiful daughter of Luis D. Perez and Melinda A. Carey, both of Springfield. Leah was raised and educated in the Forest Park area of Springfield, she attended high school at Putnam Vocational, and most recently, was enrolled to begin classes at Springfield Technical Community College.
Leah was a kind, vibrant, and opinionated young lady, who was not afraid to speak her mind. Growing up, Leah was a very active young girl, and despite her heart condition she loved to dance. Leah belonged to Dazzle Dance Studio in Chicopee for most of her childhood. Passionate about dance, Leah performed in countless recitals, debuting at the young age of three. In addition to dance, Leah loved music, and enjoyed creating various styles of art with her hands.
Leah was predeceased by her brother, Christopher Fontaine, in addition to her parents, she is survived by her siblings, Bruce Corkins of Wilbraham, La Qiana Perez-Saxon and her husband Stephen of Freeport, ME., Amber Gerena and her husband James of Islip, NY., and several other stepbrothers and sisters. She leaves her boyfriend, Mylo Caride of Chicopee, her nieces and nephews, and a large extended family of loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
Leah had many friends, and enjoyed many summers at the Madden Open Hearts Camp, bonding with other kids who faced similar cardiac challenges as herself. Thus, in lieu of flowers, Leah’s family is requesting that donations be made, on her behalf, to the Edward J. Madden Open Heart Camp, 250 Monument Valley Road, Great Barrington, MA. 01230.
Leah will be sorely missed, but will never be forgotten.
Family and friends will gather to remember Leah on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at the Byron Keenan Funeral Home and Cremation Tribute Center, 1858 Allen Street, Springfield. A wake will be held from 1p.m.-3p.m., followed by a Memorial Service at 3p.m.
Edward J. Madden Open Heart Camp
250 Monument Valley Road, Great Barrington MA 01230