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Lee V. Walberg,   Age 70
Visitation Location: Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, Minnesota
Visitation Date/Time: Saturday, February 19, 2022 from 9:30 to 11:00 AM
Funeral Time: Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Funeral Location: Benson Funeral Home Chapel, St. Cloud, Minnesota
    Lee V. Walberg, 70
    St. Cloud
    November 28, 1950 – November 14, 2021
     Lee (Skip) V. Walberg, age 70, of St. Cloud, MN died gently and peacefully on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Quiet Oaks Hospice House.
     Funeral Services will be Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Benson Funeral Home Chapel, St. Cloud, MN . Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 AM at the funeral home on Saturday.
     Lee was born on November 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, on August 25th, 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 son’s 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 SCSU in 1972 and was a highly respected marine manufacturer’s 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.
     Memorials are preferred to Quiet Oaks Hospice House.

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