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Lee (West) McNiesh

November 11, 1947 ~ March 22, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old

Lee McNiesh Obituary

Lee McNiesh (nee West), age 76, of Arden Hills, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2024. Born in Pomona, California on November 11, 1947, to Richard and Ann West. In 1970, Lee decided to move to Minnesota where she remained for the rest of her life. In 1973, Lee married her true love, Jeffrey McNiesh and together they welcomed two sons, Chad and David.

Lee dedicated much of her life to nurturing young minds as a respected junior high English teacher. She taught for many years at Southwest Junior High in Forest Lake where her passion for teaching shone brightly. In her spare time, Lee could be seen knitting afghan blankets, needlepoint stitching, and spending time outside on Lake Johanna. Lee's greatest role was that of a cherished wife, mother, and Nana, endearing her to all who knew her. Her absence will be deeply felt.

Lee is preceded in death by her parents, Ann and Richard.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Jeff; her children, Chad (Lisa), and David (Lee); grandchildren, Corynne (Adam), Ethan, Ian, Sean, Connor; a great-grandchild, Wesley; along with her sisters, Wynne (John) and Rae (Dick).

A funeral service honoring Lee’s life will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at 10 am at New Life Lutheran Church (180 County Rd F, Shoreview, MN 55126), preceded by visitation at 9am. A private interment will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society or Humane Society.

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April 3, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
New Life Lutheran Church
180 County Road F
Shoreview, MN 55126

Funeral Service
April 3, 2024

10:00 AM
New Life Lutheran Church
180 County Road F
Shoreview, MN 55126


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