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Joseph Lee, age 92, of Waterville, Ohio passed away peacefully on March 7, 2014, in Lakes of Monclova surrounded by his loving family. Joseph was born on February 24, 1922, in Hingning, Guangdong, China to Mr. and Mrs. Lee. He graduated from high school in the Meijiang District. In 1941, he graduated from college. From 1941 to 1944, he was captain of a central government station in Changsha. In 1944, he moved to the Nanking region, and then in 1946, he moved to Shanghai and worked for the CAT company, responsible for radio communications with airplanes. In 1946, he married his first wife, Cecilia Tang Yuan, and they left communist China for Hong Kong where he worked in the textile/export industry. In 1963, Joseph and his family immigrated to the United States of America and lived in Toledo, Ohio.
Joseph was preceded in death by Cecilia Tang Yuan, who passed away in 1963. He later married Jennifer Lee in 1968. Joseph worked for Sears Roebuck & Company for 25 years and was the owner of Lee's Restaurant in Waterville, Ohio and BG Café in Bowling Green, Ohio. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Maumee and a devoted Catholic. Joseph enjoyed Chinese cuisine/dim sum and sweets, swimming, tai chi, and soccer. He also enjoyed monitoring the stock market.
In addition to Jennifer who was his wife of 45 years, Joseph is survived by his children, Lillian (Larry), Mimi (Timothy), Mary (John), Theresa (Jim), Vanessa (Graham), Stephen; his grandchildren, Daniel, Jenny, Kelly, Kevin, Shannon, Pearl, Jimmy, Alexander, and Anthony; his great-grandchildren, James, Keegan, Maddox and siblings, Fr. Joseph C. J. Lee, and Malin (Jim) Korynta. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Joseph C. K. Lee, Joseph C. M. Lee and Sr. Catherin Lee.
The visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, 501 Conant Street, Maumee, Ohio. Services will be held following visitation at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 104 W. Broadway Street, Maumee, OH 43536.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Road, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551. Online condolences may be shared with the family at
Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Homes
501 Conant St Maumee, OH 43537
Published in Toledo Blade on Mar. 9, 2014