We have loved our view of the Steneck property for the more than 40 years we have lived in Santa Rosa. The memory of Leo’s distinctive voice, talking to his cows, will always come to mind when we look out from our backyard. Our favorite memory is of Leo in late spring, when the field grasses were tall, cutting the grass with his scythe. It was so peaceful to watch the slow rhythmic strokes of his scythe cutting row after row of grass. Later as the grass had dried Leo would pick it up with his pitchfork and make great mounds for his cows to eat in the summer and fall. Leo also had pigeons that roosted in a pigeon house on the roof of the old barn. In late afternoon they would fly in huge figure eight patterns in the sky. Below in our shared yard with the Treadway’s would be children running in patterns like the pigeons.
As Leo grew older, the pigeons went away, he stopped raising cows and we saw him less and less. We hadn’t seen him in several years when Dan recently told us he was doing very poorly. We will always look out at the land and think of Leo. We send our heartfelt condolences to Claire, Dan, Brook and all of the family.
Leo has been our neighbor for the last 40 years. So sorry to hear of his passing. Loved seeing him and his grandson loading up the boat for fishing on Fridays. Our condolences to Claire, Dan and Brook and the rest of his family.