Lenore M. Klee, 82, of Wilson, passed away early Monday morning, September 30, 2019 at U.P. Health System – Marquette.
She was born on June 30, 1937 in Wilson, daughter of Charles and Anna (Vandermissen) LaFave. Lenore graduated from Harris High School in 1955 and was a lifelong resident of the Wilson area.
On June 11, 1955, Lenore married the love of her life Emil W. Klee at St. Francis Xavier Church. Emil and Lenore raised eight children together. He preceded her in death on February 25, 2009.
Lenore worked for Men-O-Mee as a driver for special need adults for several years. She loved children and they loved her. She was known by grandma to many.
She loved making blankets for others. Lenore always made others feel loved with her afghans, quilts or a hug. Whether given to the fire and police departments, homeless, overseas, or the many family and friends she gifted her “nanny blankets” to over the years, they were all made with love. Lenore also loved to sew, knit and was known for her apple bars she made for every occasion and everyone.
Lenore was a member of St. John Neumann Church in Spalding.
Among survivors include her children, Jerry Klee of Florida, Cindy (Jack) Bedard of Gladstone, Larry (Janice) Klee of Wilson, Janis (Mike) Carley of Nadeau, Jim (Sharon) Klee of Bark River, Sheri (Kevin) LaBonte of Powers, Christine (David) Pfeiff of Wilson and Mary (Dale) LaBonte of Powers; 26 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren; siblings, Rita Lucchesi of Ohio, Delores (Melvin) Sanford of Kingsford, Emil (Linda) LaFave) of Wilson, Geraldine LaFave of Powers, Hubert LaFave of Wilson, Darlene (Gerald) Gagne of Spalding, Glen (Debbie) LaFave of Stephenson and Karen (Mark) Bergstrom of Bark River; brother in law, Paul Moroni of Bark River; special aunt and friend, Elmie Dombrowski; special friends, Debbie Nelson and Lenore Allard; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brother, Andrew “Chicky” LaFave; sister, Lois Moroni; and grandson, Riley Klee.
Visitation will be on Friday, October 4th from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Central Time) at St. John Neumann Church in Spalding. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. with Monsignor Michael Steber officiating. Burial will immediately follow in the Spalding Twp. Cemetery. At the conclusion of the services, a luncheon will take place in the church hall.
A message of condolence may be directed to the family by visiting crawfordfuneralhomes.net.