Leona (Lee) Reich-Lundy, 101 of Russell, Kansas, died on October 30, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Society in Hays, Kansas.
Lee was born on April 23, 1915, in Hays, Kansas, the daughter to Henry J. and Mary Ann (Hermann) Herman. She grew up in the Gorham and Russell, Kansas, areas and attended local schools. She was united in marriage to Carl Reich on July 20, 1933, in Gorham, Kansas. They lived north of Gorham where they had a wheat and a cattle ranch and raised their daughter Jan, until they moved into Russell in 1979. Carl preceded her in death on April 03, 1983.
When her daughter married, Lee saw a need for consultants on weddings, and in the 1950's she started her own business, naming it "LeReich Bridal". Her reputation grew with the knowledge that she would do the best job in the area and soon she was hired to do such things as bank opening and anniversaries, in addition to her wedding consulting and catering. She retired in 1994, but always was a busy woman afterwards.
She met and was united in marriage to A.C. Lundy on August 02, 1987, in Russell. They enjoyed traveling together all the time and enjoyed each other's company to the fullest. A.C. preceded Lee in death on February 23, 1995, in Hays, Kansas.
Her friend Harry Thowe was a big part of her life for over 20 years. With their companionship they continued her journey in an active life of traveling, playing bridge and enjoying life.
Lee was a member of the Russell Arts Council, Russell Community Theater, Sternberg Museum, BPO Elks Club, Tuesday Afternoon Bridge Club, and a member of Daughters of Isabella and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Gorham. She was an avid bridge player and managed to play several times a week, many times winning high.
Surviving family members include her son-in-law Bill Murphy; six grandchildren Deborah Ensminger (Don) of Los Lumas, NM, Carlee Bishop (Sean) of Decatur, GA, Jacqueline Sadowski (Kevin) of Dallas, TX, Annette Comes of Colorado Springs, CO; grandson Spencer Murphy of Russell, Kansas and Ryan Murphy (Angela) of Tenino, WA; nine great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.
She was precede in death by her parents; two husbands, her only daughter Janice Murphy on July 25, 2015; 3 brothers Alfred, Henry and Rudy Herman and 5 sisters Josephine Thielen, Edna Heslep, Alfreda Sheldon, Berniece Santee and Doris Weigel.
A funeral mass to celebrate Lee's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, November 04, 2016, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Gorham, Kansas. Burial will follow at the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Gorham. A Vigil and Rosary will be held at 7 P.M. on Thursday, November 03, 2016, at the mortuary in Russell. The Rosary will be led by the Daughters of Isabella. Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. on Thursday, November 03 at the mortuary. Memorials may be given to the Russell Senior Center or the Hospice of Hays Medical Center and sent in care of the mortuary. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, Kansas, is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.