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Anthony Jay Lee, age 16, of Hessel, Michigan, died Saturday, August 1, 2009 at the University of Michigan C.S. Motts Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was born March 19, 1993 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.


Anthony was a student at Les Cheneaux Community Schools where he enjoyed playing and following sports. He also enjoyed watching college and professional football and knew the names and playing positions of the players on many of the teams. In a bittersweet moment, Anthony met some of his football heroes when they visited him at the University of Michigan Hospital. Anthony loved to ski, ride snowmobile, golf, hunt, fish and boat. He especially enjoyed fishing and boating in Florida when he was visiting there.

Anthony is survived by his father, Forrest Jay Lee of Hessel; his mother and step-father, Kwi Cha and Paul Hitchens of Hessel; grandmother, Bokrae Lee in Chonju City, South Korea; three sisters, Kounghee Pack of Seoul, South Korea, Barbara Lee of Hessel, and Rosemary Hitchens of Cedarville, Michigan; and one brother, Danny Hitchens of Cedarville.

Anthony was preceded in death by grandparents, Choe Buynghun, Forrest “Bub” Lee, and Barbara June Lee.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 5 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Reamer Galer Funeral Home, 24549 S. M-129 in Pickford, Michigan.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 6 at 10 a.m. at the Les Cheneaux Community School Gymnasium in Cedarville. Burial will be immediately after the funeral sevice about 11 a.m. Lunch will follow at the school cafeteria at noon.

Burial will be in the Maplewood Italian Cemetery in Hessel, Michigan.

Contributions in Anthony's memory may be made the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, 5455 Corporate Drive, Suite 306, Troy, MI 48098 or American Red Cross, Chippewa County Chapter, 511 Ashmun Street, Suite 202, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783-1918.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.reamergalerfuneralhome.com.

Note: Any young friends of Anthony that would like to participate at the funeral, following the casket into the gym, please be at the gym at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday.

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