Lee J. Croft

June 24, 1928July 20, 2018
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Lee J. Croft (nee Lena Jane Soria), a long-time resident of Peekskill, NY, passed away peacefully at home on July 20, 2018. Lee was born on June 24, 1928 and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She was the second child of the late Nicola and Meri (Suriani) Soria. She was pre-deceased by her sister Flora (Soria) Goldfarb and her brother Michael R. Soria. She is survived by her brother Luigi Soria of Raleigh, NC. Lee’s family had a summer house in Mahopac, NY, and during one of her visits, she met her husband, Kenneth J. Croft Jr., who pre-deceased her in 1998. They lived in a house her father and her husband built and raised three children together: Kenneth J. Croft, III of Westborough, MA, and Nicholas G. Croft and Meri Lee Croft, both of Peekskill. In addition to her three children, she is survived by her daughter-in-law, Diane M. (Barry) Croft of Westborough, and her three grandchildren, Margaret R. Croft of Brooklyn, Joseph M. Croft of Arcata, CA, and Stephen T. Croft of Westborough.

Over her 28-year career at the Peekskill City School District, Lee served as the coordinator of the Youth Employment Service, worked in the high school's main office, and was secretary to four Peekskill High School principals. She retired in 2005. A life-long learner, in her youth, Lee studied at New York University and Brooklyn College. In her retirement, she attended classes at Westchester Community College. Her curiosity led her to travel widely, and she experienced the natural wonders of the United States, the Old-World culture of Europe, and a zip line in Costa Rica with equal and hearty enthusiasm. She never failed to complete the daily Jumble.

A member of The Garden Club of Peekskill since 2009, Lee had served as Assistant Corresponding Secretary and as Chair of the Conservation Committee. Her love of green things spread from her own garden outward to encompass all of nature, and she especially enjoyed her weekly walks at Rockefeller State Park Preserve.

From college courses to kickboxing to exploring gardens and the world, Lee never stopped, and she will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be at the Edward F. Carter Funeral Home at 170 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. A memorial service will be held at Carter’s on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 10 am, followed by internment at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Putnam Valley, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA).


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 1, 2018
  • Visitation Wednesday, August 1, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 2, 2018
  • Burial of Ashes Thursday, August 2, 2018

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Elise Landesberg

July 31, 2018

Lee was an inspiration for me both at the gym and at Hendrick Hudson Free Library, where she often attended our Matinee Movies, checked out films, and participated in library programs. She was always a pleasure to chat with and we shared many interesting conversations. It's rare that we cross paths with someone who has such a love of life. I'll always think of her fondly.

Peggy Krachy

July 25, 2018

Lee became a friend to the extended Keon family first as a dear friend to my sister, Rose, They traveled internationally together and enjoyed many social events. I shared many of Lee's pleasant visits at my sister, Pat's where Lee's conversations were always uplifting and positive. Lee was a kind and faithful family friend. May she rest in peace. Peggy Keon Krachy

Suzanne DiMicco

July 24, 2018

🌺🌺🥀💐Lee will be missed by me and my family. She was my gardening neighbor and I loved our many talks about 🌺 flowers and plants. She would always come over saying “Susan, Susan! (after all these years she still called me Susan haha) Come see this plant, or this flower ... and we stroll around her garden and measure everything up. We’d also see her at Mass at Assumption Church and later talk about the homily and all kinds of stuff. She was “ever-learning” and inspiration to me should I be blessed to have as many years as she.

Our most heartfelt condolences to the family and all that loved her.

Suzanne, Frank, and Frankie DiMicco