Lee (Rosalie) Kay Bullert (nee Rennells), age 69, of Cottage Grove, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 12, 2016, at Cerenity-Marian Care Center in St. Paul.
There will be visitation Monday, March 21 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Johnson-McBride Funeral Home in Glencoe, with a service beginning at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Glencoe City Cemetery.
Rosalie was born Dec. 6, 1946, in Wayzata. Rosalie was baptized March 30, 1947, and confirmed June 5, 1960, at The Evangelical & Reformed Church in Lester Prairie.
She graduated from Lester Prairie High School in 1964.
Lee was united in marriage with Bernie Richard Bullert June 17, 1967, at the Evangelical & Reformed United Church of Christ in Lester Prairie.
Prior to settling in Cottage Grove in 1973, Lee and Bernie lived in California and Tennessee while Bernie served in the Navy.
Lee worked for Health Partners for 30 years.
She was active in the DAR, served as a volunteer Cub Scout den leader, taught Sunday school, and was the assistant Sunday achool superintendent at All Saints Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove. Lee also volunteered many years for Loaves & Fishes, and assisted with the Language Club at Park High School, with which she took two trips to Germany, and a trip to England.
Lee loved having junior handlers work with her Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and was a board member of the Animal Inn Juniors Association. She was also active in the North Star Herding Group Club.
Lee supported St. Jude’s Children’s Research faithfully.She and Bernie started two funds that were near and dear to their hearts: The Bernie & Lee Bullert Fund at The St. Paul Foundation, and the Minnesota Water Research Fund at The University of Minnesota Foundation.
Lee was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Lydia (Wuetherich) Kruschke; nieces Paige and Faith Ziemer; and father- and mother-in-law, Ernie and Helen (Ide) Bullert.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Bernie; children Caitlyn (Mark Vargus) of Spring Valley, CA, and Kurt (Lisa McEnery) of Port Richey, FL; a brother, Eugene “Gene” Rennells of Minneapolis; her twin sister, Rosalind “Lin” (Rev. Ron) Ziemer of Danville, IL; niece and nephew Chad Ziemer of Coon Rapids, and Dana Ziemer of Detroit Lakes; great-nieces Tahlia and Gracie; brother-in-law Bruce (Patty) Bullert of Fort Myers, FL; sister-in-law Brenda (Joe) Lenz of Buffalo; and many other family members.
There was also visitation Saturday, March 19 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Kok Funeral Home in Cottage Grove, with remembrances at 5:30 p.m.; and a funeral service Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove, with visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or St. Jude’s Children’s Research.