Elvira (Bauer) Lee, 92, of Middletown, died unexpectedly at home Sunday, February 10, 2013.She was born in Middlefield, CT., September 16, 1920, the fourth of seven children, to the late Frederich and Oralie (Counter) Bauer. She married Warren S. Lee on June 21, 1941. Elvira and Warren raised their family on the Lee Dairy Farm in Middletown. Through her love of farming she was involved in many related activities including 4H and the Durham Fair where she was an exhibitor and winner in the baking department through this past year. Other than farming, she worked at the telephone company as a switchboard operator, the Russell Company as a weaver and at the Dreher & Smith Hardware Company, where she loved to help her customers. As a more than 25 year survivor of pancreatic cancer she enjoyed traveling, gatherings with her family and friends, and returning home to the farm she loved. She saw to it that the land she cherished would remain in perpetuity for future generations.
Elvira was the mother of Shirleyanne Lee of Middletown, Sharon Diane Lee Paddock of Portland and Susan Elvira Lee-McCann of Chaplin. She was grandmother to Robert Warren Paddock, Thomas Edwin Paddock, Tracy Lee Paddock Lambert and Todd Herbert Paddock; great-grandmother to Dylan Paddock, Justin, Kristen, Lauren Lambert; great-great-grandmother to Troy and Duane Lambert. She also leaves her son-in-laws Roger Lee and Donald McCann and Sharon's companion Joseph Dinegar; sisters, Lois Smith, Lucille Merunka, Edith Gallus; brothers, Edward and David Bauer. She was predeceased by her husband, Warren and sister, Dorothy Orinski. She also leaves behind her faithful companion FRED, her cat.
Friends may call at Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver St., Middletown on Saturday, February 23rd from 12 to 1 p.m. with a memorial service at 1 p.m. Burial will be at the convenience of her family in Farm Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a
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Published in The Middletown Press on Feb. 19, 2013