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Jocelyn W. Leete, 36, lawyer

Jocelyn W. Leete, a lawyer in the Pinellas-Pasco Public Defender's Office, died Wednesday (Oct. 24, 1990) at home. She was 36. She died of cancer, her husband, Marc Joseph Knapp, said.

On the staff of the Public Defender's Office for eight years, she had risen to become director of a felony division with three lawyers working under her, Public Defender Robert Jagger said.

"She was one of our most respected trial lawyers," Jagger said.

Jocelyn Wood Leete was born in Middlesex County, Conn., where her family had a dairy farm. She attended Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Okla., until her senior year. She finished her undergraduate work in psychology at the University of South Florida, where she met her husband, a civil engineer.

After their marriage, she retained her maiden name, he said. "She was proud of that, and I am, too."

With a degree from Stetson University College of Law, she went to work for the Public Defender's Office in 1982.

"She was looking for a sense of fulfillment and saw law as an avenue to do that," her husband said.

Ms. Leete, who lived at 7326 Demens Way S, was a member of Lakewood United Methodist Church, the St. Petersburg and Clearwater bar associations and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Survivors in addition to her husband include a 23-month-old son, Marc Christian Leete Knapp, St. Petersburg; two brothers, Lawrence Rogers Leete Jr., Guilford, Conn., and William H. Leete, Branford, Conn.; a sister, Alison Leete Page, Guilford; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral and burial will be this weekend at Leete's Island near Guilford. Locally, a memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Lakewood United Methodist Church, 5995 M.

L. King (Ninth) St. S. The Rev. Bob Pearcy will officiate.

Thomas J. Brett Funeral Home, St. Petersburg, is in charge of arrangements.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the pastor's discretionary fund at Lakewood United Methodist Church.