Leona M. “Lee” Cutter, 89, passed away September 1, 2019

Leona M. “Lee” Cutter, 89, of Benton Harbor, passed away on September 1, 2019, at Spectrum Health-Lakeland.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at 10:30AM at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 555 E. Delaware Ave., Benton Harbor with Fr. James Adams officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, from 5pm until 7pm. A prayer service will be recited at 7pm. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to Lake Michigan Catholic Schools or Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan. Those wishing to leave a condolence online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Lee was born on March 10, 1930, to Frank & Olga (Fellner) Kesterke in St. Joseph. She graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1948. Lee married the love of her life Matthew Cutter on June 24, 1949, at St. John Catholic Church in Benton Harbor. She was a proud mother of four children. Once the children were grown, she worked as a proof reader for Zenith Heath Corp. Lee grew up as a “Sand Rabbit” and loved the beach. She also had a passion for animals, especially dogs. Lee was a member of the Alter Guild at St. Bernard Catholic Church and volunteered for many church functions. Lee also enjoyed playing cards, but most of all she loved to spend her time with her family.

Lee is survived by her children, Marie Clayton of Benton Harbor, Suzanne (Kent) Sasinka of Colorado Springs, Co, Carol (Chris) Schlomann of Lake Hopatcong, NJ and Russell (Kris) Cutter of Dowagiac; grandchildren, Lori (Bruce) Cook, Julie (Matt Wiest) Sasinka, Colin (Alyssa Romano) Lennon, Kyra Lennon, Emily Cutter, Matthew Cutter, Molly Cutter and Jenna Cutter; great-grandchildren, Chance Sasinka, Skyler Remy, Maddie Cook and Hayden Cook; and neice Sharon Argue.

Lee was preceded in death by her husband, Matthew Cutter; parents, Frank & Olga Kesterke; and siblings, Marian Mosher, Edward Kesterke and Donald Kesterke.

Lee’s family would like to thank Shastandra and Tamara for their special care over the last couple of years. 

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