Jeanette A. Lee

NEW ULM – Jeanette A. Lee, 83, of New Ulm, passed away unexpectedly in her home on July 9, 2013 in New Ulm.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, July 13, at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm with Monsignor John A. Richter officiating.

Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home on Saturday.

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Jeanette Ann Rueckert was born January 25, 1930 in New Ulm, the daughter of Albin and Adelia (Brey) Rueckert. Jeanette was baptized and had her first communion at Holy Trinity in New Ulm. She attended Holy Trinity Elementary through 6th grade and later moved to Renville with her family where she graduated from Renville High School in 1947. She was united in marriage to LeRoy Lee on Dec. 8, 1951 in Washington, D.C. The family settled in California where Jeanette held various government agency positions. After the passing of her husband in 1977, the family relocated to New Ulm in 1978, where she was employed with Brown County until her retirement. She also completed several years of college at Mankato State University in Mankato.

She was treasurer and board member for the New Ulm Dinners for Shut-Ins and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Gold Star Wives. Jeanette enjoyed reading, gardening, traveling, crossword puzzles, and delivering Meals on Wheels.

She is survived by sons, Steve (Lyla) Lee and Michael Lee of New Ulm; Douglas Lee of Rochester; daughter, Kathryn (Brad) Brockway of Jordan; brother, Donald Rueckert of New Ulm; sister-in-law, Joyce Rueckert of New Ulm; three grandchildren, Jason Lee of California, Adrian Lee of New Ulm, and Davis Lee of St. Paul; step-grandchildren, Dave Ubel and Denise Kuester of New Ulm, Jessica Gotvald of Hillman, and Ben Brockway of Prior Lake; six step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; brothers, Dennis and Delmar Rueckert; and sister-in-law, Kitty Rueckert.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Diabetes Association would be appreciated. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

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