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Lena Pretsch

July 27, 1928 ~ October 19, 2020 (age 92)


Lena C Pretsch Passed: 10/01/2020 Peacefully surrounded by her family in Lakeside, AZ Born: 07/27/1928 Blooming Glen, PA Born to Miriam and Mel Nace Lee grew up in Lansdale, PA where she survived juvenile Polio but was an active part of her family’s butter and egg business. It became a thriving company that endures today- Hatfield Packing and Clemen’s Market. She married Gunther (Joe) Pretsch 04/14/1951 and served with her husband in the US Army until 1966 when they retired to Mesa, AZ. Lee and Joe were stationed in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Germany, California, Washington, and Hawaii. Lee enjoyed supporting her sons in their military careers and was named the “Flag Lady” in Payson for her patriotism. She loved to sing in church and played piano wherever she lived. She especially loved the beauty of Hawaii. She was an advocate for handicap rights during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. She was named Woman of the Year in 1988 for all the volunteer work she did within the community. Lee and Joe enjoyed cruising all over the world. She and Joe moved back from Hawaii to Mesa,AZ and then to the White Mtns of AZ to be with her daughter and her family in 2015. Even at Solterra, the assisted living facility she was an advocate for veterans and a patriot. She loved spending time with her children and great grandchildren who visited frequently. Survived by her husband Joe, daughter Kathy (Larry Bentley), Richard (Cindy) and Roger (Janet). Grandchildren, Rebecca (Matt) Eagle, Christina (Eric) Sutton, Logan (Victoria) Bentley, Peyton Pretsch, Wesley Pretsch and Jillian Pretsch. Great grandchildren, Andrea Robinson, Haylee Robinson, James Robinson, Malia Robinson, Declan Eagle and Wyatt Eagle.  A private family service was held on 10/3/2020 in Pinetop, AZ. 

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