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Mrs. Delores "Lee" Elsenpeter

April 21, 1931 August 4, 2013
Mrs. Delores "Lee" Elsenpeter
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Obituary for Mrs. Delores "Lee" Elsenpeter
Mrs. Delores "Lee" Elsenpeter, 82, formerly of Quincy, Illinois, passed away at 7:15 a.m. Sunday, August 4, 2013, at Heritage Health in Bloomington, Illinois. She was born April 21, 1931, in Possum Holler, Payson Township, Illinois, to Richard Edward Baird and Jennie Catherine Baugher Baird. They preceded her in death. She married Richard William Elsenpeter from Minneapolis, Minnesota at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Catholic Church in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin on August 28, 1950. Lee is survived by 6 children: Anna Maria Elsenpeter of St. Petersburg, Florida; Dulce Leigh Sibbing (Jim) of Quincy, Illinois; Lisa Lynn Brockman (Kurt) of Columbia, Missouri; Richard Baird Elsenpeter (Julie) of New London, Missouri; Robert Lawrence Elsenpeter (Lisa) of Bloomington, Illinois; and Joni Suzanne Elsenpeter (Mary Cloos) of Portland, Orgeon. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Lee was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved sister Wanda Kay Ogle. Lee and Richard were entertainers in tent and dramatic performances in the summertime and repertoire stock in theatre and opera houses during the winter months. In early 1960 they formed the Elsenpeter Marionettes which is still in business today managed by their son, Richard Baird Elsenpeter. In the Spring of 1960, the couple organized and managed the Possum Holler Opry show on WGEM television. After leaving show business, Lee worked at trucking companies, Dorhn and Hall's for 17 years. After leaving the trucking business, Lee started her own weaving business as Lee Suzanne Laurence, handweaver. She wove women's clothing that was sold in galleries across the country. Lee enjoyed weaving for 25 years until poor health forced her into retirement. Visitation will be held from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday August 6, 2013, at the Kirgan Funeral Home in Barry. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at Mound Prairie Cemetery in Beverly, Illinois. Burial will be in Mound Prairie Cemetery in Beverly, Illinois.


Wed. August 7th at 11:00 a.m.

Graveside services will be held in Beverly, IL. Mound Prairie Cemetery.


Tues. August 6th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Kirgan Funeral Home Barry, IL.
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