Jong Eun Lee, 70, and his wife, Chong Ok ( Song ) Lee, 67, local business owners, who were involved in the multi-vehicle accident on Monday, May 15, 2017 on Route 9 in Keene, NH, have now both passed. Mr. Lee died at the scene of the accident and Mrs. Lee died peacefully on Friday evening, May 19, 2017, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon surrounded by her family and close friends.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Lee were born in Kunsan, South Korea. Mr. Lee was born, the youngest of 5 children, on May 28, 1946 the son of Kyu Chul Lee and Bok Soon Kim and Mrs. Lee was born, the second youngest of 9 children, on March 23, 1950, the daughter of Soo Tae Song and Keum Ok Park.
They both grew up in Kunsan, South Korea. Mr. Lee was a graduate of the University of Chung Ang where be played collegiate tennis and Mrs. Lee was a graduate of Sook Myung Women’s University, both in Seoul, South Korea. After college, Mrs. Lee was an elementary school teacher. They were married on July 20, 1974.
Mr. Lee moved to the US in 1972, Mrs. Lee moved to the US in 1975, and they moved to the Keene area in 1977, most recently residing in Westmoreland.
As reported in the Keene Sentinel, the couple were local business owners, having owned Ocean Harvest Seafood Restaurant on Winchester St. in Keene, Wash House Laundry on Marlboro St., Keen Klean Laundry on Washington St., and they owned real estate in Keene and Las Vegas. Mr. Lee also worked at Hubbard Farms in Walpole, NH since 1977.
Mr. Lee enjoyed a good game of poker, golf, drinking scotch, and living life to the fullest. He was best known for his larger-than-life personality, his friendly disposition, and his unique sense of humor. Mrs. Lee enjoyed caring for her family and friends, watching Korean dramas, and planning yearly trips with her high school friends from around the world. Mr. and Mrs. Lee enjoyed travelling on cruises, taking their regular walks together, and living a healthy lifestyle.
They both also shared a passion for good food and cherished spending time with their three granddaughters. They travelled the world and fulfilled their dream of driving cross-country in an RV. After finally getting the elusive royal flush in poker 2 days before his death, Mr. and Mrs. Lee were fortunate enough to have crossed everything off of their bucket list.
They are survived by their daughters Lynne Fine, and her husband Adam of Hillsborough, New Jersey, and Melissa Bonito and her husband Peter of Marlow, NH; their three granddaughters; as well as many siblings, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Calling Hours will be held Monday, May 22, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, at the Monadnock Covenant Church, 90 Base Hill Rd, Keene, NH. A service celebrating both of their lives will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at 11:00 am, at the Monadnock Covenant Church. Burial will take place in the family lot at Monadnock View Cemetery in Keene after the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Jong and Chong Lee’s name to Tufts Medical Center, payable to: Tufts Medical Center, mailed to: New England Eye Center, Attn: Dr. Jay S. Duker, 800 Washington St #450, Boston, MA 02111.
To share memories, stories, and photographs, please visit their online memorial page on Facebook (“In Loving Memory of Jong and Chong Lee”) or email to email@example.com.