M. Joyce Lessen
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SPRINGFIELD -- Mildred Joyce Lessen,
71, of Springfield, formerly of Lincoln and Middletown, died
Thursday, June 26, 2008, at 6:08 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. Her
funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader, with the Rev. Mark Peters
Burial will be in Hartsburg Union
Mrs. Lessen retired from Franklin Life Insurance
She was born April 15, 1937, in Eddyville to
Herbert Eric and Prudie Matilda Owens Wasson. She
married Donal F. Winterbauer and was blessed with
three children. In 1983, she married James B.
Lessen, and he died Dec. 8, 1992.
She is survived by daughters Sondra (and Kevin)
Lessen of Springfield, Karen (and Gail) Davison of
Middletown, Karen (and Rick) Harris of Chestnut and
Kim (and Mike) Florey of Beason; sons Don (and
Greta) Winterbauer of Lincoln and Kent (and Sue)
Lessen of Hoffman Estates; 15 grandchildren; 11
great-grandchildren; one sister, Barb (and Arland)
Morrow of Clinton; many nieces, nephews and friends;
as well as Spot and Tigger.
She was also preceded in death by her first
husband; her parents; two brothers, Eugene Wasson
and Robert Wasson; and one great-grandchild.
She graduated from Lincoln Community High School.
In addition to being an avid Illini basketball fan,
Joyce enjoyed Cubs baseball games and visits with
her family and friends.
She spent much time with Sondra, Kevin and Amber,
with whom she made her home. Judy Ingram and Evelyn
Armstrong, special friends of more than 50 years,
provided support. The doctors and staff of Capitol
Healthcare have been wonderful friends and
professionals to Joyce and her family during her
time in Springfield and especially when helping deal
with her illness.
Memorials may be made to Bethesda Church for
upkeep and care of the Wasson Family Church and
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