Katherine M. Lee, 85, of Newton, lost her battle with heart disease Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Kathy was born on Nov. 23, 1923 to Charles and Frances Ziska. She graduated from St. Cloud, Minn., high school in 1940. While working in Minneapolis, she met and married Robert E. Lee on Dec. 27, 1945. Their married life led them to several places in Iowa, including Leon, Centerville, Coralville, Marshalltown, and Newton. Many friendships were formed from these places and from their travels. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Newton, Beta Sigma Phi and T.T.T. sororities, Lady Elks, VFW Auxiliary and the Thursday bridge group. She especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends, quilting, playing bridge, reading, and summer vacations with her daughters.
She is survived by her four daughters Carol Duncan (Jim) of Urbandale, Mary Lee (Bill Biggs) of Golden Valley, Ariz., Barbara Lee of North Liberty, and Laura Wilty of Des Moines; one brother, Francis Ziska of Las Vegas, Nev.; five grandchildren, Christian (Shannon) Duncan of Des Moines, Amanda (Adam) Clark of Des Moines, Kati Lee of Golden Valley, Ariz., Brandon Walker (Danielle) of Des Moines, and Blake Wilty of Colfax; seven great-grandchildren, Austin, Kyle, Morgan, Noah, Amina, Sydney and Randy; many nieces and nephews and all her friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, her parents and six siblings. Services will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Newton at a date in March to be determined. Lensing Funeral and Cremation Services in Iowa City is handling the arrangements. Memorials may be directed to Mercy Hospice of Johnston and the American Heart Association. Online condolences and memories may be left for the family at www.lensingfuneral.com  under obituaries.