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Carol Jean Lee of Sioux Falls passed away peacefully at the age of 68 on February 5, 2016, after a courageous six-month battle with an aggressive type of brain cancer.

Carol was born on July 11, 1947, in Melrose, Minnesota, the daughter of Alphonse and Alma (Faber) Blenker. She and her big sister Sharon spent their childhood years on a farm before the family moved into town.

After graduating from Melrose High School in 1965, Carol moved to Minneapolis, where she met and married US Army Specialist Fred Lee. They had one son, Christopher, before being stationed in Texas for one last year in the Army, settling in Sioux Falls by 1972. A skilled homemaker and devoted mother, Carol later worked in the Corporate Trust Department at First National Bank for 24 years, where she formed many cherished friendships before retiring. She was an active member of Faith Temple Church and the American Legion Auxiliary (Humboldt, SD), in addition to volunteering for numerous local causes with her bank colleagues.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband of 46 years, Fred of Sioux Falls; son, Christopher of Brooklyn, NY; sister, Sharon Tesrow of Sleepy Eye, MN; sister-in-law, Bette Lee of Rapid City, SD; special aunt, Louine Schaufler of Madison, SD; and countless treasured relatives and friends. Her parents preceded her in death.

Carol was kind, generous, optimistic, and loyal. She was that person who always remembered your birthday with the perfect card or a pan of her signature peanut butter chocolate chip bars. In addition to baking, Carol enjoyed going to movies with Fred and Chris, walking in town and on nature trails, solving crossword puzzles, collecting vintage Pez dispensers, playing cards, and, most of all, spending time and dining out with family and friends. Favorite travel destinations included San Francisco, the Black Hills, New York, and Las Vegas; a trip to Paris was among her plans for the future. Carol also loved animals, especially rabbits. She enjoyed visiting any zoo, often saying she would like to work in one, and was always on the lookout for the deer and rabbits that visited her backyard from nearby Leaders Park. Carol really was "somebunny," and she will be missed and remembered forever.

Family will greet friends from 5:00-7:00 pm Monday, February 8, at Miller Funeral Home, 507 S. Main Ave. Funeral services begin at 2:00 pm Tuesday at Faith Temple Church, 2121 W. 33rd St., followed by burial at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.


Published in The Argus Leader on Feb. 7, 2016
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