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Lee Rodolfy Straus

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RUTLAND -- Lee Rodolfy Straus, 70, a resident of Jackson Avenue and formerly of Manchester, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2006, at Our House Nursing Home in Rutland after a lengthy illness.

Lee was born in Elizabeth, N.J., on Nov. 5, 1935, the daughter of Theron and Ruth (Greene) Schollenberger. She received her education in Elizabeth, N.J., graduating from Linden (N.J.) High School, class of 1953, and went on to attend Mullenberg Nursing School in Elizabeth, where she received her degree in nursing.

Lee began her professional career as a delivery room and Emergency Room nurse at Englewood (N.J.) Hospital, Englewood, working evenings through the 1960s, while raising her five children. She later worked for Norton Sealants in Granville, N.Y., in research and development as a lab technician. Lee was very athletic, which was evident by her love for playing tennis and skiing. She was a ski instructor at Bromley Mountain for most of the 1970s and also worked at Pico. Lee loved to shop and loved the beach and sailing. She enjoyed music, especially singing, was an avid reader and was an excellent gourmet cook. She was very family oriented and cherished times spent with her family.

Lee is survived by her husband, Stuart Straus, of Manchester and Myrtle Beach, S.C.; five children, Jaye Rodolfy Simms of West Chesterfield, N.H., Joseph Rodolfy of Mendon, Christopher Rodolfy of Shelburne, Jacqueline Rodolfy Reeves of Wilmington and Ellen Russell of Pawlet; two stepchildren, Sean Straus of New York City and Jayson Straus of Endicott, N.Y.; her brother, Owen Daniel Schollenberger, of Chandler, Ariz.; and 10 grandchildren. She was predeceased by her first husband, Joseph H. Rodolfy, who died in September 1978.

A celebration of the life of Lee Straus will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2006, at 2 p.m. at Brewster Funeral Service, located at 34 Park Place in Manchester Center. Associate minister Matthew Laney of the First Congregational Church in Manchester will conduct the service. The family will be in attendance from 1 to 3 p.m. to welcome friends. Memorial contributions in Lee’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, c/o Brewster Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885 Manchester Center, VT 05255. For directions or to send e-mail condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are under the care of Brewster Funeral Service, 34 Park Place, Manchester Center.
Published in Bennington Banner from Feb. 22 to Feb. 27, 2006
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