Joann R. Lee

Feb. 16, 1940 - Dec. 9, 2017



     Wednesday, December 13, 2017
     3:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

     Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home
     & Memorial Service, Inc.


Funeral Service:

     Thursday, December 14, 2017
     11:00 A.M.

     Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home
     & Memorial Service, Inc.



     Cuba Cemetery
     Cuba, NY


may be made to:

     Cuba Chamber of Commerce
     Legacy Fund
     5 West Main Street
     Cuba, New York 14727

Joann R. Lee
Loving Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, and Friend
Joann R. Lee, 77, formerly of Spring Street Hill., Cuba, passed away Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Gutherie Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pennsylvania, after a brief illness.

Born on Feburary 16, 1940, in Albion New York she was a daughter of Walter Howard and was raised by her mother Pearl Dalava and step father Melvin Smith, Sr. On August 25, 1957, in Cuba, New York she married Lum Lee who predeceased her January 5, 2004.

Joann attended Cuba School and later received her GED. She had worked for as an assembly operator for Acme Electric of Cuba, Motorola for ten years, and then went to work for Prestolite in Arcade, where she retired in 1992.

She had a kind, caring, and generous spirit that loved people and was always looking for ways to make people happy. In 1982, Joann was especially proud to have been able to complete paperwork that brought her husband’s mother to the United States to visit reuniting her husband with his mother after 42 years. In her later years technology was a great asset to her stay at the Wellsville Manor making it possible to stay in contact with family both near and far. She always look forward to returning to Cuba because she always considered Cuba her home.

She leaves behind three sons, Charles (Lori) Lee of Olean, Michael (Karen) Lee and Gene (Christine Small) Lee of Weston Mills; a daughter, Brenda Austin of Cuba; her grandchildren, Cassie Austin, Chad Austin, Courtney (Trevor) Lasher, Brandon (Stephany) Lee, Brittney Lee; two great grandchildren, Carly VanDerlinde and Kevin Lasher, Lucy Lasher, Alden Lee, and Lilly Lee; two sisters, Connie Smith of Ceres and Diana Whitcher of Cuba; four brothers, Royal “Sunny” Smith of Cuba, Melvin (Donna) Smith, Jr. of Cuba, Marty (Luanne) Smith of Cuba and Asher Smith of Wellsville; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and a special friend Michael Merry of Scio.

In addition to her loving husband Lum, and parents she was predeceased by a son-in-law Philip Austin; three sisters Ida Carey, Verna Warner, amd Eva Willetts; and a brother John Howard.

Friends will be received at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street, Cuba on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 3-7 P.M. where funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. The Rev. Susan Block, pastor of Christ United Methodist Church, will officiate.

Burial will be in Cuba Cemetery, Cuba, New York.

Memorials in Joann's name may be made to the Cuba Chamber of Commerce, Legacy Fund, 5 West Main Street, Cuba, New York 14727.

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