Joseph Leheny, a lifelong resident of Danbury and longtime Ridgefield educator, died on March 1 after a long illness. He was 83.

After graduating from Western Connecticut State Teachers College, he served in the U.S. Army. He then worked for decades as director of curriculum and assistant superintendent of Ridgefield Public Schools.

He is survived by his wife Sandra; his brother, Richard; his sister, Helen. His three children: Vivienne, David, and Cara. One grandson also survives.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Ridgefield. Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 6, at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury.

Contributions in Joe’s memory may be made to Regional Hospice and Home Care of W. CT, 30 Milestone Rd., Danbury, CT 06810 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Suite 100, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

For further information or to express your condolences on-line, go to thegreenfuneralhome.com