Leah C. Tepper

  • Born: May 9, 1993
  • Died: November 1, 2012
  • Location: Stow, Massachusetts

Slattery Funeral Home

40 Pleasant Street
Marlborough, MA 01752

Tel. (508) 485-0225

Tribute & Message From The Family

Leah C. Tepper, 19, of Stow, MA died Thursday, November 1, 2012 at Children's Hospital, Boston after a long battle with adrenal cancer.

Born in Concord, MA, she was the daughter of Kenneth and Elizabeth (Tina) Shanahan Tepper of Stow, MA.

A 2011 graduate of Nashoba Regional High School, in Bolton, MA, she was active in Softball, Volleyball, the Drama Club and the Chorus. Leah was on leave from studying Psychology at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT at the time of her death.
Besides her parents she is survived by her sister Rachel Tepper of Stow, her brothers Alexander and Nicholas Tepper all of Stow , her paternal grandmother Elinor Tepper of Smithtown, New York, several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Donations may be made to Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. Flowers should be sent to St. Isidore's Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Slattery Funeral Home, Inc., 40 Pleasant Street, Marlborough, MA 01752 www.slatteryfuneralhome.com


Condolence & Memory Journal

Ken, Tina and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. We will always remember the bright, cheerful young girl who played guitar and sang at Greg's a few years back. She is now in heaven with John and Libby, finally free! Dawn's pre-school, The Shanahan Learning Center will be making a donation in Leah's name to Children's Hospital. Keep the faith. Love, Brian, Dawn, Jarrod and Derek Shanahan

Posted by A friend   November 29, 2012

So sorry to hear about your beautfiul daughter Leah, gone so soon but love never goes, she will be there with you, today tomorrow and eternally. My heart breaks for you all. Our David will make a special place next to him and look after her, I know it. God Bless you all and keep you safe
Maggie (Team Adkins) London UK

Posted by Maggie Crowe - London   November 22, 2012

I have never met a girl who could make me sob and smile and the same time. Her spirit will be missed by all and a donation has been made in her honor to Children's Hospital Boston.

Posted by Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Hakenson - Westford, MA   November 14, 2012

Ken and Tina, I remember Leah as a little girl and that her name reminded me of Liana's. I can only imagine what a painful this time was for you and pray for your strength. I know you shared great joy as a family and hope those memories will bring you comfort. My thoughts and love are with you. Diana Harotian

Posted by A friend   November 12, 2012

I didn't know Leah or any of you, but seeing her beautiful smile I had to express my sincere sympathy for your loss. She is an angel now watching over all of you. May memories bring you some comfort and eventual peace.

Posted by A friend   November 09, 2012

Love you Leah! A beautiful service in your honor! you have obviously made such an impact on the world!

Posted by Christine Vencis - Haverhill, MA   November 07, 2012

Hi Leah,

I just wanted to say thanks for everything. You were a truly amazing person. I'll never forget you. Never. <3>

Posted by A friend   November 07, 2012

Leah and I met one of the first days at Quinnipiac Univeristy. We were online for the induction ceremony and we realized we were in the same psychology class. Our friendship grew from there and we became inseparable. So many memories from TGIF trips with new people to make more friends, to the spoons and breakfast, to evaluation of dance, to our late night talks/study sessions. When leah left our friendship continued to grow and I am so happy/honored to call her my best friend today. I cannot put into words what Leah meant to me and what our friendship was like. I love you Tepper Tiger.. to the moon and back, forever and always.

Posted by Danielle Scanlon - Hamden, CT - Best Friend   November 06, 2012

Hi Le,
Today was your funeral and I cannot tell you how proud I am to have known you. You saved my life in so many ways. You taught me how to be strong, and for that I am forever thankful. You have changed so many lives around you and you will never be forgotten. It's never goodbye, it's I'll see you later. Save a spot up there for me next to you. I'll bring cupcake mix:)
Love you to the moon and back.

Posted by Raven Feltus    November 06, 2012

Ken and family,

We are so sorry to hear about Leah's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time.

John and Doreen Salamone

Posted by John Salamone - Sherborn, MA - Friend   November 06, 2012

Words can not express how I feel. The turnout at the wake was unbelievable. Hopefully you will find some comfort in the fact that Leah touched so many lives.

Posted by Stephany Ugrinow    November 06, 2012

Tepper Family,
I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. It was so nice to see such a fantastic turnout for Leah last night. Myself and the other Jimmy Fund girls were so touched to see so many people there for Leah. I can't put into words the impact she had on all of us. I know Leah is looking down and smiling on us all. She will be dearly missed. God Bless your family.

Posted by Emma Ceres - Wilmington, MA   November 06, 2012


I am so sorry to hear about Leah's passing. She was in my Introduction to psychology class at Quinnipiac University. She was a bright, motivated young women, who participated and contributed to class. One day in class, when we were discussing genetics, Leah shared about her identical twin brothers and how they would often come to breakfast wearing the same outfits, even though the had separate rooms. She also discussed how they seemed to have similar thoughts and dreams, and both often made her laugh. As we were discussing genetic relationships, she also discussed her sister and their similarities/differences. I was sorry that she was unable to continue and am deeply sorry about your loss. She was a wonderful young woman and an inspiring student.
-Rose M. Spielman, Ph.D. .

Posted by Rose Spielman - Hamden, CT - Professor   November 06, 2012

There are no words that will comfort you, but knowing Leah is so loved and touched my heart, hopefully will will remain in the wonderful memories we all have of her. You'll always be in my prayers.
Karen (from Dr Hershberger's office)

Posted by Karen Mayer    November 05, 2012

Please include Debbie Devito in our previous words for Leah and her family.

Posted by Ron Rosen and Staff - maynard, MA - friend   November 05, 2012


Dave, Sandra & all the Teppers,

I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers with much love.

Posted by Carol Confrey Pusateri - West Boylston, MA   November 05, 2012


We are so sorry to hear of Leah's passing. We were fortunate enough to have known her. She was a bubbly, bright girl with a huge smile! We will always remember that huge smile she had when she visited our dental office. We will truly miss her.
Our heartfelt wishes go out to all her loved ones.

Ron Rosen, Maureen Vannasse, Kim Jordan and Carolyn Hershberger

Posted by Ron Rosen and Staff - Maynard, MA - friends   November 05, 2012

We are sorry for your lost, and all our prayers are with you all during these difficult moments.

Jean & the Family

Posted by Jean G. - Reseller   November 05, 2012

Ken my deepest sympathy goes out to you and your entire family on the lost of your beautiful daughter Leah.The heaven's got a beautiful angel her spirit will always live on.

Posted by Bella Chaves - Hudson, MA   November 04, 2012

Very few patients leave an imprint as significant as the one Leah left on my heart. I am truly grateful for having the opportunity to meet and get to know such an inspiring individual. I have never seen as many smiles and heard as many laughs as I shared with Leah in our few times together, regardless of the battle she was fighting. It will be impossible to forget her genuine spirit, and incredibly inspiring personality. There just aren't many people like her in this world, and I am just so grateful to have been given the opportunity to meet her.

Posted by Katelynn Laffin - Boston, MA - Children's Hospital Employee   November 03, 2012


I am so sorry to hear of Leah's passing. I didn't know her personally but saw her on the JImmy Fund Telethon and she was truly inspiring. My son is a patient of Children's Hospital and has been battling cancer for 3 years now. He is currently recovering from a bone marrow transplant. I can only imagine your pain after such a long battle. My heart and prayers are with you all. God Bless.

Posted by Michelle Etchells - Hollis, NH - parent of Cancer patient   November 03, 2012