In Memoriam

In Memory of Elizabeth Lee (Zita) Lenski

To Helping Hearts and Hands, Joanne and Louise,

Thank you so much for the lovely flower basket for Lee’s funeral, and also for your attendance at the service. The basket adorns my dining table, a tangible reminder of my mother.

Again, thank you for sitting overnight with Lee, making sure she was properly cared for, being her advocate, and your gentle guidance. The work you do is so important, and so greatly appreciated.


Elizabeth Lee (Zita) Lenski was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 7, 1921. she was the youngest of nine children of Rose Pagano and Vincent Zita. She died in Burlington, Washington on December 16, 2016.

Lee received her formal education in New York City, graduated as a registered professional nurse, and soon after, entered the Army Nurse Corps during World War ll. She served in North Africa and Italy before her discharge from the Army as a first lieutenant in March 1946.

Lee married Francis B. Lenski on October 6, 1945. Their 33-year marriage produced three children. During this time she continued her education earning three more college degrees including a Master’s Degree in English Literature. Lee used her knowledge to teach; from elementary age through to adult learning.

Lee had strong faith and lived her life according to the teaching of St. Benedict; “that we may prefer nothing to the love of Christ”.

She served as a Eucharistic Minister, prison ministry, and Catholic radio program, and attended her church faithfully.

Proud of her Italian heritage, Lee wrote short stories about her family and their lives in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. That experience developed a sense of compassion that helped to sculpt her life. As an independent, forward-looking woman, she placed high value on education and autonomy for herself. With a keen intellect and a radiant smile that flashed often, she strove to judge people by the depth of their character and taught her children to do the same.

Lee was preceded in death by her husband, son Laurence Joseph, and three brothers and five sisters. She is survived by two children, Francis Lee (Susan) and Carmel Lynn (Don), her daughter-in-law (Terry Lenski), six grandchildren — Brian, Kathryn, Emily, Nikolas, Luke, and Bianca — and many nieces and nephews. Ever loyal to family and friends, Lee is dearly missed by all.

The family wishes to thank the medical staffs and caregivers who helped to sustain and extend her rich, accomplished life. Memorial Mass was celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church in Mount Vernon, Washington on January 6, 2017.

In Memory of Pauline Gallanger

December 6, 2016

To Helping Hearts and Hands,

My wife and I wish to donate to your charity, Helping Hearts and Hands – in Memory of Pauline (Polly) Gallanger. This donation of $100.00 will be in her memory, by Paul L. and Genora (Olson) Powell. Thank you so much for your community service.

Paul L. Powell, Jr.