WILMINGTON — Leona Alice “Lee” High, 76, went to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, after fighting a long, valiant battle with numerous ailments for many years, the latest and most taxing, pulmonary fibrosis. Lee had been confined to Liberty Commons on Racine Drive since December 2019, when she became paralyzed from the waist down.
Lee was born in South River, New Jersey, and she graduated from South River High School in 1962. She worked for the telephone company (a job she loved!) for several years before her marriage. She married Phillip High from Hallsboro on June 5, 1971, and they moved to Wilmington together and lived here for the rest of her life. After moving to Wilmington, she worked for Southern Bell for a few years.
Lee was of the Catholic faith and a very strong believer. A few years ago in her better days, she taught religious education at St. Marks Church on Eastwood Road in Wilmington. Although she never had any children of her own, she loved her nieces and nephews and all of the church children and treated them like her own.
Lee leaves behind her husband of almost 50 years, Phillip High (P. High); sister, Antoinette (Toni) Incalcaterra (Vinny) of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania; beloved nephews and nieces, Vince Incalcaterra, LeeAnne, and Nino Fusaro, who she always considered the daughter and son she never had, Gary Murphy of Raleigh and Joseph and Kate High of Wilmington; great-nieces and great-nephews, Manola and Bair High of Wilmington, Brielle and Vince Incalcaterra; brother-in-law, Don High of Wilmington; brother-in-law, Julius Kelly High; and sister-in-law, Jean High Murphy (Richard) of Florida.
Due to COVID-19, private family services are planned.
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