Leatrice Colling

Leatrice B. Colling (nee Babka), 91, died on Aug. 14, 2016 at her Riverside home.  

During World War II, Ms. Colling worked as a secretary for the federal government on the top-secret Manhattan Project that developed the first nuclear weapon.  

She was an artist who created hundreds of paintings in various media. In addition, Ms. Colling was a member of the Legion of Mary, St. Mary Council of Catholic Women, a lay minister, and taught religious education at St. Mary Church for more than 26 years.  

Ms. Colling is survived by her husband, Bruce, and her son, James. 

Visitation is on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 8:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m., at Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home, 80 E. Burlington St. in Riverside. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Aug. 18 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Church, 126 Herrick Road in Riverside, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.