Constance ‘Connie’ Peterson Lee, 96

Published 8:01 am Sunday, May 10, 2015

Constance “Connie” Peterson Lee, 96, of Ellsworth, Maine, passed from this world to the next on May 7, 2015.

Constance was born April 10, 1919, in Rock County, Minnesota. Her parents were from Norway and she was the youngest of seven children. Although she was born in the U.S., she lived in Norway twice as a young child. She was a life-long Lutheran, most recently a member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Ellsworth, Maine.



Connie graduated from Jasper High School in Jasper, Minnesota, in 1938. She was a talented member of vocal groups and plays. In 1939, she married Rudie “Pinky” Lee of Hayfield, Minnesota. They made their home in Austin for more than 60 years where they were active at St. Olaf and Grace Lutheran churches. Connie worked twice at the Austin Clinic, and briefly at the Austin Daily Herald as a proofreader. After Rudie died in 2003, Connie, aged 85, moved to Ellsworth, Maine, to be near her daughter.

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She was preceded by her parents, Mathias and Alexandra Peterson, siblings, husband, and many friends. She is survived by daughter Saundra (Sandy) and husband Cordell Snow of Ellsworth, Maine, and her son Ross and his wife Dr. Dana Lee of Kamuela, Hawaii, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

“May God support us all the day long, ‘til shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in his mercy, may he give us a safe lodging and a holy rest and peace at the last.” — Cardinal John Henry Neuman

The family wishes to thank Seaport Village Healthcare and Hancock County Hospice for their loving and compassionate care in her last weeks.

There will be entombment of ashes at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Minnesota, at a later date. Memorials to St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Box 145, Ellsworth, ME 04605. Cards to Saundra Snow, 91 Haynes Ave., Ellsworth, ME 04605 or Ross Lee, Box 2350, Kamuela, HI 96743.