Josephine Lenfestey

Lenfestey, Josephine "Jodey'

Josephine Buchanan Lenfestey, "Jodey," passed away in San Francisco on Jan. 2, 2013, after a brief illness. Jodey was born on March 31, 1939. in Green Bay. to Frederick John "Ted" Lenfestey and Josephine Buchanan Lenfestey of De Pere, the first grandchild of Dr. James P. Lenfestey and Agnes Hurlbut Lenfestey of De Pere, named after her grandmother. Josephine Pond Buchanan and great-grandmother, Josephine Marston Pond of Appleton.

Jodey graduated from Milwaukee Downer (now University School of Milwaukee) in 1957 and Middlebury College in 1961, where she studied political science and Russian and became a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. At Middlebury, Jodey developed a life-long love of skiing and jazz. An accomplished singer, she knew more than a thousand songs by heart.

After Middlebury she worked in Washington DC, for congressman John Lindsay of New York, then traveled through Europe and Russia before settling in Munich, Germany, where she worked for Radio Free Europe -- a broadcasting network designed to get information to countries behind the Iron Curtain. Fluent in German and Russian, she received a citation from the U. S. State Department for meritorious service after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. After a brief marriage ended in divorce, she returned to the U.S. in 1967, where she worked at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, before moving to the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco in 1974 for the rest of her life.

The "life of the party," Jodey will be remembered for her many enduring friendships, generosity, patriotism, staunch support of the Republican Party and life-long loyalty to the Green Bay Packers. No one will ever know all those she helped in the course of her life, but they include her family, godchildren, and an extensive network of friends around the world.

She is survived by sister, Lynn Fey (Tom), Park City, Utah; brother, Jim Lenfestey (Susan), Minneapolis; and beloved nieces and nephews and grand-nephews and grand-nieces. A celebration of her life will take place over the Fourth of July weekend at the family cottage at Shore Acres.

Memorials may be made to the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, founded by her father and enthusiastically supported by Jodey. Family members can be contacted at [email protected] or [email protected]

Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Jan. 13 to Jan. 17, 2013