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Irene Dugdale Lee, 64, of Seoul, South Korea, formerly of De Smet

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 23rd, 2013

SEOUL, South Korea — Irene Dugdale Lee, 64, of Seoul, South Korea, formerly of De Smet, passed away surrounded by her family’s love on Oct. 16, 2013, in Coon Rapids, Minn.

A visitation will be held Oct. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Cremation Society of Minn., 7835 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park, Minn. Her memorial service will be October 26 at 2 p.m.  at Peace Presbyterian Church, 7624 Cedar Lake Rd., St. Louis Park, Minn., with a visitation one hour prior.

Irene Dugdale was born Oct. 17, 1948, in Lake Preston, to Melvin and Evelyn Dugdale. She graduated from De Smet High School and Dakota State University. Irene shared her love of music with a legion of students around the world in the decades that followed. She was adored by her students and recognized in life and in death by her peers.

In 1979, Irene married Suk Jo Lee. They were blessed with their only child, Daniel in 1985.

 Grateful to have shared in her life are, husband, Suk Jo Lee; son, Daniel A. Lee; siblings, Donna (Ron) Taschner; Lee (Sue) Dugdale; Richard (Pam) Dugdale; Jim (Mary) Dugdale; Rose Ann (Bruce) Carstens; Chris (Lily) Dugdale; Mary (Mike) Rudd; sisters and brothers in law, Suk Geun (Wol Chul); Sang Hyun (Hyo Jung); Jeom Soon; Sun Young (Chang Soon); Jung Soon; aunt, Arlene Dugdale; all of her cousins, including her special angel Nancy; countless nieces and nephews and many grand-nieces and grand-nephews; friends around the world.

 Irene joined in Heaven with her parents, Melvin and Evelyn Dugdale; several aunts and uncles; niece, nephew and great niece.

The family prefers memorials submitted via check to “Irene Dugdale Lee Memorial Fund”. Memorials will be given to a stateside band program as well as an overseas music program, both of which will support music for students, honoring Irene’s legacy.

 Although she is gone too soon from our sight, may our heavy hearts be lifted with her music that they will hold for all time. Goodnight Irene, we will see you in our dreams.

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For the complete article see the 10-22-2013 issue.

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