Lee (Bahnsen), Lillian M.
Bridgeport Township, Michigan
Passed away in New Braunfels, Texas on January 26, 2013. Lillian was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin on July 2, 1920. On January 18, 1940, she married Robert Lee, her life-long best friend and husband, who predeceased her in 1984.
After working as a school-bus driver for 15 years, and later as a Head Start teacher’s aide, in her early fifties, Lillian became an LPN. At age 59, she graduated from Mid-Michigan College with a degree in nursing, becoming an RN and fulfilling a life-long dream. She worked for many years at St. Mary’s Hospital as a nurse’s aide and RN. Later in her career, she worked for A&D Home Health Care, retiring at age 77.
She was involved in the community, serving as a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader, PTA officer, co-founder of the Schrah School Band Boosters, tutored in adult literacy and READ programs, and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity. Lillian was active in her church, serving on multiple boards, in the Gift Box, as worship leader and Sunday school teacher, usher, and co-founder of the worship service tapes for the Homebound Program. She founded the church program to crochet afghans for the homeless and those in nursing homes. Her hobbies were gardening, reading, travel, and music, and she loved to dance.
She is survived by her children and their spouses: Kenneth and Sharon Lee of Cordova, Tennessee; Maxine and Edward Bernreuter of San Antonio, Texas; Kathleen and John Babbin of Pentwater, Michigan; Patricia and Reginald Kelsey of Birch Run, Michigan; Cheryl McFarland of Bridgeport, Michigan; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will take place at 10:30 AM at Bridgeport Community Church, 3821 State Street, Bridgeport, Michigan, on Monday, February 11, 2013. Pastor David Gray will officiate with entombment at Roselawn Mausoleum. Friends may call at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin Street, Frankenmuth MI, on Sunday evening, February 10, 6 – 8 PM, and one hour before the memorial service at Bridgeport Community Church. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Bridgeport Community Church food pantry or the CDs for the Homebound Program. Please sign our guest book or share an online condolence with the family at www.cederbergfh.com.