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Dolores Lee spent her life as an activist for peace and justice, a woman whose name became synonymous with charity and social ministry.

Mrs. Lee, 89, died Friday (Dec. 17, 1999) in her home in Buffalo after a three-month illness.

When Catholic Charities inaugurated its Charity and Justice Awards earlier this year, Mrs. Lee was one of its first recipients.

Over the years, she had become an outstanding example of lay leadership in the area of parish social ministry and Catholic social teaching.

"The poor are usually caught in circumstances beyond their control," she said in 1995.

She started the Peace and Justice Committee at St. Ambrose Parish and, until recently, served as its chairwoman. She also served as a trustee at St. Ambrose, a parish she belonged to for more than 60 years.

Mrs. Lee also began the Hunger Bowl, a parish project that raised more than $200,000 over the past 22 years. The money went to feed the hungry across the world. She also took part in the Bread for the World projects and served on the Advisory Board of the South Buffalo Pantry.

Active in the Western New York Peace Center, Mrs. Lee was a longtime member of Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament. She also was part of the diocesan Commission on Women in Church and Society and was honored with its Award of Excellence.

Mrs. Lee was an active member of the Interfaith Hospitality Network, the Advisory Board for the Sisters of Social service and a founding member of the South Buffalo Mental Health Program. A graduate of Mount Mercy Academy, she was past president of its alumnae association.

Survivors include three sons, Monsignor David Lee of Buffalo, Richard of Buffalo and Martin of Arlington, Va.; a daughter, Mary Catherine Palz of Depew; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Ambrose, 65 Ridgewood Road, with prayers at 8:45 in the RayO'Connell Funeral Home, 2286 South Park Ave. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Town of Hamburg.

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