OBITUARY

Lee (Lena) M. Mekis

May 4, 1928January 11, 2021

MEKIS, Lena M. “Lee”, age 92, of Seminole, Florida, passed away peacefully on January 11, 2021. She was born in Connorville, Ohio. She married Edward Mekis in Cleveland, Ohio, and they began their family there. After Ed was transferred to Detroit, the family moved to Michigan. In 1992, Ed and Lee moved to Florida to care for Lee’s aging parents.

Lee was an active member of St. Jerome Catholic Church in Largo, Florida. She brought Holy Communion to those unable to attend church, and developed rich, long-lasting relationships with them and their families. Lee felt honored to serve her church community as a member of the Altar Society.

An avid bridge player, Lee exulted when she came in first place at her weekly bridge group. She was a sports fan, keeping up with Tampa Bay Rays as well as college football teams. The outdoors rejuvenated Lee. She enjoyed family vacations at Elk and Torch Lakes where she could swim and immerse herself in nature. She loved Indian Rocks beach. Her two-mile beach walks included beachcombing and sharing her finds with others, swimming in the Gulf, watching the sunset until the stars appeared then identifying the constellations. She loved to learn and she shared her sense of wonder of the natural world with those she loved.

Lee was an excellent cook. Many of her home-cooked meals originated from Hungary, Italy, and Poland. She particularly enjoyed baking and made a memorable Baked Alaska for holidays. Lee was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, Edward (2011), and her daughter, Carol Connor (2008). She is survived by her brother, Calvin Skeid; her children, Chris (Ricke) Stauffer, Debbie (Tom) Johnson, Susan (Kevin) Payne and John (Katherine) Mekis; grandchildren Ricke (Charity) Stauffer, Jr., Matthew Stauffer, Johannes Stauffer, Abigail Stauffer, Miriam Johnson, Martha (Brian Moore) Johnson, Joseph Mekis and Jozsua Mekis; and six great-grandchildren.

The Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, January 21, 11:30 am at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 10895 Hamlin Blvd, Largo, FL 33774. To join us online, go to www.stjeromeonline.org and click "Live Stream". The stream will be available starting at 11:25.

If you miss the service, you can still see it for an indefinite period of time. Go to www.stjeromeonline.org any time after the service is over, find the search box, and type in "Lee Mekis".

There will be a private celebration of Lee’s life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jerome Catholic Church’s “Raise the Roof” Campaign or a favorite charity.

Services

21 January

Memorial Mass

11:30 am

St. Jerome Catholic Church

10895 Hamlin Blvd
Largo FL 33774

21 January

Memorial Mass

11:30 am - 12:15 pm

St. Jerome Catholic Church

10895 Hamlin Blvd
Largo, FL 33774

Memories

Lee (Lena) M. Mekis

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Kathleen Villeneuve

January 17, 2021

I met Lee and Ed at Indian Rocks Beach in 2009 and even though we lived in Syracuse, NY kept in touch at the beach, at St. Jerome’s church, and through email. Lee was so kind and it is thanks to her that my husband and I are members of St. Jerome’s Church. I saw her there not long ago at Saturday Mass as she served to take Communion to those who could not attend Mass. God bless Lee and Ed, reunited with Jesus in Heaven!

Nancy Rovik

January 16, 2021

All of those Brother Rice/Marian memories, I can remember all the fun’s times !
I will never forget the fun times , your mom and dad were amazing, even if they caught us “partying” love ❤️ you

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY