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William Joseph Lee

Died: Wednesday, September 10, 2003
William Joseph Lee died on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003, at St. John Hospital after suffering a massive stroke.

Born in Detroit in 1924, Mr. Lee attended Visitation Catholic School and the University of Detroit. He enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve during his second year of college to support his country during World War II. In April of 1946, he was honorably discharged and returned to the University of Detroit. He graduated in 1948 with a degree in philosophy and theology.

Mr. Lee was employed with the Ford Motor Co. for 36 years. His early years with Ford took him and his family to Massachusettes and Brussels, Belgium, eventually settling back in Grosse Pointe Park.

An avid hobbyist and volunteer, Mr. Lee loved photography, sailing and woodworking.

He was a past president and member of the Grosse Pointe Camera Club, a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men's Club and the Senior Men's Choir, the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church Ecumenical Men's Breakfast, Crescent Sail Yacht Club and the Windmill Pointe Park Sail Club.

Above all, Mr. Lee's family and faith were the focus of his life. He was a very active member of the St. Clare of Montefalco parish for nearly 33 years, serving as lector, ecumenical minister, a member of the choir and ministry to the homebound. More recently, he was a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea parish and attended St. Paul Catholic Church.

Mr. Lee is survived by his wife of nearly 53 years, Marianne (Moesta) Lee; his five children, Robert (Susan) Lee, Jane (Phillip Wahl, Kevin, Mary (Daniel) Card and Amy (Crittendon) Jarvis; eight grandchildren, Melissa, Michael, Steven, Thomas, Lindsay, Joseph, Marjorie and Bryan; his brother, Robert E. (Mary Lou) Lee; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Mary Bailes and Catherine Carson.

A memorial Mass was celebrated on Friday, Sept. 12, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms. Interment is in the St. Paul Columbarium.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207-3485 or St. Paul Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.
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