Luella M. Lee, age 86, of Minneapolis, formerly of Cambridge, died April 7, 2017 at Catholic Eldercare on Main in Minneapolis. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 A.M. on Tuesday, April 11th at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Isanti with visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Our Lady Of The Lake Cemetery in Minnetrista. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Alzheimer’s Association of MN/ND, Catholic Eldercare, or Li’l Farm Foster Care, Cambridge.
Luella Marian (Reineccius) Lee, 86, died on April 7, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She kept her sweet smile and good natured humor to the end, despite a ten year struggle with dementia. Luella was the tenth of thirteen children of Gustav Conrad and Celia May (Ferrell) Reineccius, born in Springvale Township, west of Cambridge, MN on November 6, 1930. On June 17, 1950, Luella married Richard Philip Lee, and they spent 35 years in the Mound area, raising their five children, before returning to Springvale Township. Luella bore two grievous losses–of her eldest child, Richard Philip Lee, Jr., who died of osteosarcoma at age 22, and of her husband, who died of acute respiratory distress syndrome at age 68–with grace and strength. She loved family and friends, especially her grandchildren, and enjoyed dancing, puzzles, and puns. Her children remember with love her insistence on proper grammar and good manners, and her constant presence. She was preceded in death by her husband, son, parents, and siblings, Leona Shulstad, Lucille Kehn, Russell Reineccius, Luverne Sandstrom, Lula Petersen, Robert Reineccius, Raymond Reineccius, Laura Walker, Royal (Ted) Reineccius, Lillian Wetther, Lorraine (Peggy) Coffin, and Richard Reineccius. Luella is survived by her children, Jeffrey (Rita) Lee, Jeannine Lee (Roger Finney), Julie Rodriguez, and Joan (Terry) Clark, and her grandchildren, Andrea Lee, Anne Rodriguez, Devoney Lee, Catherine Clark, Allison Rodriguez, Deborah (Clark) Caponio, Amanda (Rodriguez) Caracciolo, Emily Clark, and Clement Richard Finney, as well as dozens of nieces and nephews.
Her family is deeply grateful for the love and care provided by the staff of Catholic Eldercare.