Lee Stephenson, 92, of Traverse City, passed away at her home on Oct. 4, 2017.
Lee was born on March 24, 1925 in Traverse City to the late Leo G. and Helen Hughes (DeWitt) Culman. In 1948 Lee married the love of her life, Walter Stephenson, at St. Francis Catholic Church.
Lee was a teacher. She taught French, Spanish, German and art. She was also a ski instructor and loved to play tennis. Lee was a member of the victorious all girl sailing crew that sailed from Traverse City to Northport in the 1960s. In later years she enjoyed playing solitaire, mahjong and bunko.
Lee is survived by her daughter, Kathryn "Katie" (Greg) Carlisle; grandson, Tony (Kate) Carlisle; great-grandson, Austin; brother, Louis P. (Marjorie) Culman; niece, Lynn (David) Gatewood; and half-sister, Kay (Jim) Witte.
Lee was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; sister, Kathryn Culman; and nephew, Mark Culman.
Friends are invited to help the family celebrate Lee's life on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Deacon Rene Hoenscheid will lead prayers at 3 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the family to start an education fund for Lee's beloved great-grandson, Austin.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your condolences with the family.
The family is being served by Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on October 6, 2017