Edmund “Lee” Glesne

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Edmund “Lee” Glesne, 92, of Marion, Iowa formerly of Prairie du Chien, died Monday, Nov. 13, at Winslow House in Marion, Iowa. 


Lee was born June 1, 1925, to Oscar T. and Josephine (Lee) Glesne in St. Olaf, Iowa. He attended the Glesne School for grades 1 through 6 and graduated from Elkader High School. Lee received his B.A. in education from I.S. Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls and earned his Master’s in school administration from the University of Northern Illinois. Lee enlisted in the Army after graduating High School. He served overseas in the European Theater in the 76th Field Artillery Battalion Battery C. 


Lee was united in marriage with Mary Ann Larson on May 29, 1949 at Norway Lutheran Church in St. Olaf, Iowa. He taught Jr. High School and coached in Montezuma, Iowa and later was an Elementary Principal in St. Charles, lllinois. Lee also owned and operated The Holiday Motel in Prairie du Chien. Lee enjoyed following the Chicago White Sox and Green Bay Packers, trout fishing on the Yellow River, hunting, gardening, story-telling and photography.


He is survived by his children, Dr. Mark Glesne, of Pekin, Ill., Reed (Susan) Glesne, of Mt. Vernon, Wash., and Linda (Dennis) Fitz, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; nine grandchildren, Ellzabeth (Chris) Marlow, Dr. Brian (Heather) Glesne, Dr. Kurt (Stacy) Glesne, Robert (Erin) Glesne, Chris Glesne, Brandon (Dr. Sara) Fitz, Erika (Ryan) Rensvold, Drew (Natalie) Glesne, and Sara Glesne; eighteen great-grandchildren, Sophia, Gavin, and Chase Marlow; Lucas, Emily, and Taylor Glesne, Elle, Vivian and Eva Glesne, Martin and Andrew Glesne,  Max, Charlie and Grant Fitz, Olivia and Milo Rensvold, Roman, Stella Glesne and one more on the way in February; brother, John (Ann) Glesne, of Decorah, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Sue, of Minneapolis, Minn.; a brother-in-law, Roger (Jackie) Larson of Sacramento, Calif.; and seven nieces.


Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Josephine Glesne; beloved wife, Mary Ann; his youngest son, John; great-grandson, Miles; and daughter-in-law, Arlene. 


A special thank you to the staff at Winslow House for all their love and support given to Lee and his family.


Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m., on Friday, Dec. 1, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Prairie du Chien, with Rev. Joe Irvin as the Officiant. There will also be a one hour visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. before services at the church on Friday. Burial with Military Rites will be at 2 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 1, at Norway Lutheran Church Cemetery, St. Olaf, Iowa. Memorials may be directed in his honor to St. Peter’s Church or to a favorite organization. Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Prairie du Chien, is helping the family with arrangements. 


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