Leonore ‘Lee’ Berse

Leonore “Lee” Berse of Mequon died on Sunday,  June 7, 2009, at the age of 98.

Lee was preceded in death by her husbands, Stanley Kolatskie and Frank Berse.

She was the loving mother of Fern (the late David) Magnusson and Barbara (Ralph) Bayer; the dearest friend of Ruthie Junge; and the  dear sister of Rose Bame and Alma (Ed) Ginop.  She is further survived by 10 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Butch Bayer.

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Saturday, June 13, 2009, at noon at St. Francis Borgia South Catholic Church, N44 W6055 Hamilton Road, Cedarburg. Visitation will be held Saturday at the church at 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be at St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery, Milwaukee.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation are appreciated.

Grandma Lee was born on May 5, 1911 in Cheboygan, Mich. She would say that Cheboygan is with a C not an S. She was the third child of seven.
Lee married Stanley Kolatskie on June 16, 1930. They had their daughter, Fern, on Aug. 6, 1931 and moved to Milwaukee in 1932. Grandma worked as a seamstress at the garment factory for many years. They were married for 30 years when she lost Stan.

In 1960, she met Frank Berse and they were married on June 22, 1961. They loved to dance. Lee was so proud to have two daughters now, Fern and Barb, and a lot more grandchildren from her second marriage to Frank. She was retired then and able to concentrate on her children and grandchildren. She lost Frank in 1979.

Less than a year later, she moved to her home above the Edge of Town. She enjoyed living there. She was surrounded by many friends who enjoyed her company at the Edge of Town. She was known to make the best cheesecake ever and they sold it in the restaurant for many years. They were proud to say that it was truly “Grandma” made.

Over the 30 years she lived over the Edge of Town, she was proud to become a great-grandmother many times, and even a great-great grandmother.  She also enjoyed spending time with her best friend, Ruthie Junge. They shared many wonderful times together and they took care of each other. They shared everything for many years.

She was truly a remarkable woman. She lived with rheumatoid arthritis for more than 50 years. It took a toll on her body but she never complained and found many ways to live with it. She always said that when something hurt, there were others that were worse off than she. That is hard to believe, but that was the way in which she truly felt.

Some things she said attributed to her long life of 98 years: a daily southern comfort old fashion sweet, Ponds cold cream, the love of all her family and friends, and her faith in God.

Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is serving the family. For online condolences, please go to www.muellerfuneral-home.com.