Frances “Pat” Koonz Lee, of Summit, passed away on Monday, August 29, 2016. Born in Hackettstown, Frances was raised in Springfield where she lived until joining the United States Army Nurse Corps in September of 1954. Pat served during the Korean War. She retired from the Army Reserves in 1990 as a Colonel. Pat was the Director of Nursing at Overlook Hospital, in Summit. She was also Executive Director of the American Lung Association in New York City, before becoming a professor at the University of Maryland College of Nursing. Pat was active with the Republican Women’s Club of Newtown Square, Pa. An avid reader, Pat was a lover and supporter of the arts, particularly the opera. An unbelievable Aunt, Pat was a second mother to her nieces and nephews, sharing with them her passion for life, books and learning. Predeceased by her husband Otto C. Lee, sister Rosemarie Koonz Maul and brother Murry Koonz; Pat is survived by her brother William F. Koonz and his wife Marlene; several nieces, nephews and their families; and stepsons Ted and Terry Lee. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 11am at St. James the Apostle Church, 45 S. Springfield Ave., Springfield. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover. There will be a visitation at the church on Thursday from 9:30am until the start of the Mass. For more info or to send condolences to the family, visit www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com . in lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to a Veterans Organization of your choice. Arrangements are being handled by Bradley Smith & Smith Funeral Home, Springfield.
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