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Lee H. Giesecke 1940-2020

CORTLAND — Lee Henry Giesecke, 80, of Cortland, died peacefully Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, surrounded by family.

He was born on May 7, 1940, in Pittsburgh, to Rueane and Arthur Giesecke.

He was a graduate of New Castle High School in 1958 and in 1963, received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Tri-State College, Trine University in Angola, Ind. While there, he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.

Lee married his high school sweetheart, Linda, on Dec. 29, 1962. They were married for nearly 58 years and raised three children. Lee’s first job brought them to Warren, and his career was varied and robust with time spent at Taylor-Winfield, Alcan Aluminum, Wheatland Tube and R. D. Werner Co., retiring in 2003. Lee’s engineering background was manifested through many home and community projects, and he was delighted that his grandsons are both pursuing a degree in engineering.

Whether attending a Y-Indian Guides or Princesses outing, coaching his daughters’ softball teams, selling fruit for band boosters or camping with the family, Lee was a devoted father enthusiastically participating in and supporting his kids’ activities and interests. He was an avid fan of all Pittsburgh sports teams, Howland Tigers, Bowling Green Falcons, OSU Buckeyes and U of M Wolverines (except when playing the Buckeyes).

Lee enjoyed traveling and playing bridge, making interesting items out of repurposed materials, attending his grandchildren’s events and encouraging their undertakings and spending time with family and friends. Lee was a dedicated member of the Howland United Methodist Church and a cherished volunteer, doing anything that was asked of him including working on the annual garage sale, cleaning and maintenance, ushering and serving as a trustee. He participated in the Appalachian Service Project, traveling at least seven times to Central Appalachia with a group of youth and adults to repair homes. He was heavily involved in the St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen mission project, preparing and serving a monthly meal to members of the community. His most recent labor of love was overseeing the planning and construction of the church’s multipurpose complex and gymnasium.

Lee is survived by his devoted wife and partner, Linda (nee Smith). He is lovingly remembered by their children, Kristin Broadbent (Craig), Lea Ann Knapp (Rodd) and Eric Giesecke (Amy). He is the beloved papa of Ian and Olivia Broadbent and grand-dog, Greta, grandpa of Madelyne and Spencer Knapp and pop-pop of Abby and Ella Giesecke. Lee is survived by his twin brother, Larry (Connie); sister-in-law, Marcia Schragg (Jack); and five nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Robert; in-laws, Jean and Louis Smith; and his wife’s dear aunt, Mildred Smith.

Lee’s family is grateful for the skilled hands and compassionate hearts of the caregivers at Mercy Health St. Joseph Warren and Mercy Health St. Elizabeth hospitals, and thanks them for all they do every day.

Memorial contributions may be made to Howland United Methodist Church Building Fund, 730 Howland Wilson Road, Warren, Ohio 44484. In respect to the current pandemic restrictions, a private funeral service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, at noon, and livestreamed at www.howlandumc.com. A celebration of his life will be held at a time when it is appropriate to gather.

Caring and professional services were entrusted to the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel, 1884 North Road NE, Warren, Ohio 44483.

Family and friends may visit www.peterrossiandsonfh.com to view this obituary, sign the guestbook and send condolences to Lee’s family.

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