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Lee Nicholas Anselment, 86, of Silver Bay, died peacefully at home with Barbara, his wife of 65 years, at his side, on May 8, 2014. He spent the last three weeks of his life being lovingly tended by his family.

Lee was born in St. Michael, Minn., on Jan. 20, 1928, to Barney and Stella Anselment. He was the oldest of eight children.

He married Barbara Schulte on Aug. 21, 1948. The majority of their married life was spent on their land on the Lax Lake Road near Silver Bay. He retired from Reserve Mining Company after 30 years of service as a general foreman. He was a Veteran of the Merchant Marines, serving at the close of World War II.

He and Barbara were charter members of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Silver Bay.

Lee instilled in his 13 children a broad love of nature through vegetable gardening, blueberry picking, picnics on the back roads, trips to the dump to see the bears, tapping maple trees, as well as hunting and fishing. He was a bull-headed German but a man of true integrity.

He was preceded in death by his sons, Larry (Deb Johansen) and John; his parents; and brothers Urban and Lowell.

Lee will be missed by his wife, Barbara, his greatest comfort; children Linda (Harry) Crumpton of Cloquet, Nancy Anselment (Gary) Olson of Finland, Janet (Jim) Gouvas of Bowling Green, Ky., Susie (Bill) Nelson of Silver Bay, Kathy (Mark) Nelson of Finland, Don (Sara Preston) of Two Harbors, Eileen Anselment of Lax Lake, Minn., Sally Ernest (Mark Knaffla) of Finland, Peter of Phoenix, Ariz., Mary of Silver Bay and Joe (Feliza) of Silver Bay; son-in-law H Mike Casper of Lax Lake; grandchildren Lara, Nora, Sandy, Jessica, Dan, Blythe, Madeline, Peter, Michael, Cassie, Emily, Ally, Sara, Alex, Nick and Lee; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers; three sisters; and many nieces and nephews.

VISITATION: 10 until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial Saturday, May 17, in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Silver Bay.

Interment will follow at Sawtooth Mtn. Cemetery in Silver Bay.