Mary Lee Anderson (nee Krupka), 86, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 23, at Willowbrook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lake Mills, WI, following a brief illness. She was born on May 2, 1926 in Saginaw, MI, a daughter to the late Lee and Renata (Gardey) Krupka. She was raised by her mother, an only child after her father passed away when Mary Lee was just 2. Mary Lee grew up in Michigan and graduated from Saginaw High School in 1944. After high school, Mary Lee attended college at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI where she played on the ladies’ badminton team and made many wonderful friends as a member of the Alpha Phi sorority. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1949 and then fulfilled a lifelong dream to move to the bustling streets of New York City to begin a career. She earned a position with the New York Times shortly after arriving there, beginning as a copy clerk and later becoming a reviewer of children’s books for the New York Times Book Review. Mary Lee, a lover of the arts, thrived on the many offerings of New York City, enjoying plays, the ballet, art exhibits and the occasional concert at Carnegie Hall. After five years at the Times and longing to see more of the world, Mary Lee left New York and traveled to Europe where she worked for Selective Services on a U.S. Army base near the small town of Hummelburg, Germany as an assistant with the base post office and an attendant in the enlisted servicemen’s activity center. It was there she first caught the eye of a young soldier from Indiana who was stationed on the base, named Robert Anderson. She and Bob began dating while in Germany and continued their relationship after both returned to the United States. They were married on November 23, 1956 in Mary Lee’s hometown of Saginaw, MI. After their nuptials, Mary Lee and Bob moved to West Lafayette, IN where Bob had enrolled in veterinary school at Purdue University. Mary Lee supported the two of them as a feature writer for the Lafayette Journal Courier while Bob attended classes at Purdue, and in 1959 they welcomed their first child, a daughter, Sarah Gardey. Following Bob’s graduation from the School of Veterinary Medicine in 1963, the family moved to Huntley, IL where Bob worked for another veterinarian in the area and in 1964, Mary Lee gave birth to their second child, a son, Hance Alderdice. In August of 1965, the Andersons moved north to Wisconsin to establish a veterinary practice in an area rich in dairy farming and in need of a local veterinarian, and settled in the town of Lake Mills, WI. They first set up practice out of their own home on East Grant Street in Lake Mills. Mary Lee acted as receptionist, bookkeeper and accountant for the practice for twelve years out of their home, and several more years after building and opening the Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic on Highway V in 1977. In addition to assisting with the practice, Mary Lee aided in a wide variety of community events, fundraisers and preservation projects, and was an active member of the Lake Mills Plan Commission for approximately 20 years. An avid reader, Mary Lee was a stalwart supporter of the L.D. Fargo Public Library in Lake Mills and a participant of several area book discussion groups. She enjoyed reading, listening to music, watching sports – especially college football and NASCAR, crossword puzzles, visiting with family and friends, watching the many wild birds at all her feeders, spending time with her grandchildren, and laughter. Mary Lee loved to laugh! She had a marvelous sense of humor that will be missed by many. Survivors include one daughter, Sarah (John) Sardina of Carlsbad, CA, one son, Hance (Jennifer) Anderson of Monona, WI, four grandchildren, Noah Humfeld, Emma, Thomas and Kaitlyn Anderson; sisters-in-law, Ruth Gunther of Solana Beach, CA; Mary Lou Anderson and Josephine Lottes of Monticello, IN; Martha Wenz of Panama City Beach, FL; Mary Tam of Evanston, IL; Lois Bridges of Danville, IN; brother-in-law, David Lottes of Monticello, IN, other relatives and friends, and special East Grant Street neighbors – current and previous. Preceding her in death was husband, Dr. Robert Hance Anderson. Per Mary Lee’s request, no services will be held. She will be laid to rest alongside her husband at Pleasant Run Cemetery in Delphi, Indiana at a later date. If desired, memorials may be directed to: The L.D. Fargo Public Library, Lake Mills, WI; The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lake Mills, WI; Rainbow Hospice, Johnson Creek, WI. Special thanks to Visiting Angels and to the staff of Willowbrook for the attentive, wonderful care they gave to Mary Lee.