MOULTONBOROUGH — Bertha Caroline Lee, 92, of Moultonborough, died peacefully at Forestview Manor, Meredith on Thursday, December 12, 2013.
Mrs. Lee was born July 1, 1921 in Canterbury, N.H., the daughter of the late Ezra and Ora (Landry) Rheaume. She was a longtime resident of Canterbury until retiring with her husband to their summer home in Moultonborough.
During World War II, Bertha worked as a "Rosie the Riveter" while her husband was serving overseas in the Army. Bertha was a communicant of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Meredith. She was a member of the Canterbury Women's Club, the Canterbury Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary and the Moultonborough Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. She volunteered for the Canterbury Fair and the Moultonborough/Sandwich Senior Meals Program. She loved her flower gardens and was a wonderful baker and cook. Her baked beans and pies were legendary at town suppers in Canterbury. Bertha's favorite times were summers spent with family and friends at their camp on the lake.
Survivors include a son, Mark Lee, of Laconia; a daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Kenneth Filpula, of Moultonborough and several nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Lee was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Robert Vernon Lee, a son, Ronald, her brothers, Ezra, George and Robert and her sisters, Madeline, Josephine, Dora, Margaret, Mary and Frances.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the exceptional staff at Forestview Manor for their tender, loving care of Mom and to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice for their compassion and respect given to her at the end of this part of her journey.
A Memorial Calling hour will be held on Sunday, December 29, 2013 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
A Memorial Funeral Service will follow the calling hour at 2 p.m. also at the Funeral Home.
Spring burial will be in the family lot in Maple Grove Cemetery, Canterbury, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Moultonborough/Sandwich Senior Meals Program, PO Box 354, Moultonborough, NH 03254 or the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.