Jesse Lee

Lee Jesse Lee, died January 11, 2014. Preceded in death by her parents Stanley Robert Sturgeon (d. 1966) and Dortha Louise Sturgeon nee Bullock (d. 1991), and her brother Lowell Stanley Sturgeon (d. 1999). Survived by her husband, Kenneth E. Strong Jr., her children Steve and Daniel Bayard Weizenecker, her grandchildren Sarah Lucille and Ian Spencer Weizenecker, and her nephew John Matt Sturgeon. Jesse and her brother were born and raised in a loving family in Cincinnati. She attended The Ohio State University, wrote for the Lantern and graduated with a degree in Journalism. A published playwright and author, she wrote and produced plays with her best friend Dot Conley and was active in the Northwest Christian Church Drama Club. After raising her sons in West Virginia, Traverse City, Toledo, and Columbus, she began a new career freelance writing, eventually leading to employment at Friendship Village of Columbus in Westerville. Jesse rapidly rose to position of Administrator, and subsequently she moved to Pittsburgh to oversee the startup of Friendship Village of South Hills. Her success led her to Administrator and Executive Director positions at North Hill in Boston, where she met her current husband Ken. In retirement Jesse and Ken lived briefly in Virginia Beach before returning to Upper Arlington. Jesse was a master of repartee, a skill honed in exchanges with her father and brother. She enjoyed the Maine coast, shopping with her friend Pam Conley, spending time with Ken, and caring for her many beloved cats over the years. Jesse was dearly loved and her wit, generosity, and love will be greatly missed. Her family will receive friends from 3-5 p.m., Saturday, January 18, 2014 at SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Road in Upper Arlington. Her life will be honored with a Memorial Service, that will follow at 5 p.m. that afternoon. Memorial contributions may be made to Running Strong for American Indian Youth, P.O. Box 670, Raton, New Mexico 87740-9970, in her memory. Please visit to share special memories and send condolences.

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Schoedinger Funeral Home Northwest Chapel
1740 Zollinger Road Columbus, OH 43221
(614) 457-5481
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Jan. 15, 2014