Lee Walberg, 70

Lee (Skip) V. Walberg, age 70, of St. Cloud, MN, died gently and peacefully Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House.

Lee was born Nov. 28, 1950, in Cokato, MN to Vernon and Ethel (Eystad) Walberg.

Lee, never one to want to put anyone out, arrived quickly and quietly in the hospital hallway while the doctor was at home next door celebrating Thanksgiving.

He married the love of his life, Donna Domino, Aug. 25, 1973, at St Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. They were introduced by Donna’s two baby brothers, Paul and Keith, who befriended the house of college guys across the street. Her future husband knocked her off the fence with a football, apparently finding her lack of grace and coordination endearing.

Lee adored his two sons, Matt and Mike. When Matt was born, though terrified, he rescued Matt from the nursery and sat playing with his tiny hands and feet while his exhausted wife slept.

Lee’s six grandchildren, James, Thomas, Joseph, and Charlotte (Matt and Nicky) and Ayden and Owen (Mike and Karen) found him to be a delightful and tireless playmate. Newborn Charlotte slept in his arms in the last moments of his life.

He loved sports. He played tennis, basketball, softball, volleyball, hockey, and golf and was an avid jogger.

He coached both Matt and Mike in soccer and hockey, and spent countless hours driving to practices at ungodly hours in freezing rinks.

Lee will be remembered by his many lifelong friends for his wonderful (if bizarre) sense of humor, as well as his many acts of kindness.

Lee graduated from St. Cloud State University in 1972, and was a highly-respected marine manufacturer representative for SM Osgood’s for many years.

Lee prized integrity and service, forming outstanding relationships with boat manufacturers throughout Minnesota.

Lee lived with Alzheimer’s disease far too long. He accepted his diagnosis with grace and dignity. Lee never let the disease control his life. He continued to walk his dog, dance with his wife and caregivers, and remember the lyrics to his favorite songs though he could barely stand or speak. He managed to convey his love to the very last moment of his life.

Lee had many caregivers, foremost of which were his two sons, Matt and Mike. Mike gave up his life to care for his dad to the very end. Matt spent countless hours helping his dad to bed, cooking superb meals, and rescuing him from his many falls.

Cindy, Karen, Kathy, Lisa, Carl, and Mary Jo provided loving care on his long journey.

Quiet Oaks Hospice House, a rare gift to our community, allowed Lee to exit this life in peace and dignity.

Lee is survived by his wife, sons, grandchildren, and sister, LaVerne (Preston) Hamilton of Knoxville TN.

A memorial service celebrating Lee’s life took place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 at the Benson Funeral Home Chapel, 1111 25th Ave S, St. Cloud, MN. Visitation was two hours prior to the service. The service was also livestreamed.

Memorials are preferred to Quiet Oaks Hospice House.

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