Judith Lee


Former Holy Cross resident Judith J. Lee was the head of several departments, including the toy and clearance departments, at Walmart in Saukville for more than 20 years, from the time the store opened until her retirement in 2014.

Mrs. Lee previously worked at Shopko in Grafton and at Tecumseh Products Co. in Grafton, where she was a machinist for more than 17 years before the company closed.

Mrs. Lee was “a spitfire,” her daughter Tracy Ripple said. “She was tough. But she was fun, too. She liked to laugh. She was generous and she was protective.”

She had a sense of humor that wasn’t always politically correct, her family said, adding she was a straight-forward, no-nonsense person.

Mrs. Lee, who lived in Shawano, died Friday, Aug. 23, at Aurora Baycare Medical Center in Green Bay. She was 75.

She had been diagnosed with lung cancer in July, her daughter said.

Mrs. Lee was a native of Milwaukee, born on July 3, 1944, to Roy and Ruth Marsh Cavett.

She grew up in Grafton and graduated from Grafton High School in 1963.

On March 14, 1970, she married Patrick Lee in Port Washington.

After retirement, she and her husband moved to Shawano.

Mrs. Lee enjoyed traveling around the country with her family, visiting casinos, ice skating and horseback riding.

She had a horse that was kept at a neighbor’s in warm weather, her daughter said, adding her mother sometimes would barrel race in their back yard.    

She also dabbled in a variety of crafts, but her favorite was crocheting, her daughter said. She would make scarves, mittens and hats, and by Christmas would have “a truckload” that she would give to family members.

She also enjoyed baking and making desserts for family gatherings.

Mrs. Lee is survived by her husband Pat of Shawano; daughter Tracy (Ralph) Ripple of West Bend; grandchildren Alesha Clark, Patrick Clark, Michael Rinner and Tanya Burby; and two great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by her brothers Gary (Marion) Cavett of Nampa, Ind., and Dennis (Jan) Cavett of Waukesha.

Mrs. Lee was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington. The Rev. Janet Hartzell will officiate.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 p.m. Tuesday until the service.



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