Rosemarie Bucchino Lee 3/24/17 03/24/17 10:48:31 AM
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Rosemarie Bucchino Lee
Nov. 4, 1957 - March 13, 2017
‘Always Smiling, Positive’
Born into a family dedicated to public service, Rosemarie Lee was a natural to become a public servant herself. Following in the footsteps of her father Gary Bucchino, who was Omaha’s city prosecutor from 1971 to 1994, she became an Omaha deputy city attorney nearly 20 years ago.
Her son Patrick followed in their footsteps and is now an assistant prosecutor in the Buffalo County Attorney’s Office in Kearney.
Lee died unexpectedly at home on March 13.
Her son said Lee was looking forward to retirement in the near future, with more time for her grandchildren and her sewing and crafting when she died at 59.
Her friends and coworkers all described her as a cheerful and positive person who earned the love of all who crossed her path. Judy Weis wrote online, “Rosemarie, you will be missed by so many. Your smile and positive attitude would light up a room.”
Another wrote, “She was such a patient and positive individual … she will be missed.”
Omaha City Attorney Paul Kratz, who started his job about a year after Lee, said, “Rosemarie was a very nice person with an uplifting personality. She was always smiling and always found a way to handle anything that came her way. She dealt with the public, no matter how upset they might be, with a relaxed, even keel. We will miss her and all her experience. It will take some time to fill her shoes.”
Lee earned her undergraduate and law degrees at Creighton University. Before her career at the City Attorney’s Office, she was in private practice with her father. He died in 2002 and was best known by the nickname “Mr. Clean,” for his efforts to route out shops that sold X-rated materials. It was somewhat controversial, but he prevailed.
Lee herself earned a nickname at City Hall: the “Pothole Queen.” For the past decade she handled legal claims against the city, including claims submitted for pothole-damaged cars.
Her funeral Mass was held last Thursday at Christ the King Catholic Church.
In addition to her son and five grandchildren, Lee is survived by her mother, Marie Bucchino of Omaha; daughters Katie Longanecker of New Prague, Minn., and Maggie Lee of Omaha; sister Therese Henry of Maricopa, Ariz; and brothers Michael Bucchino of St. Louis and Tony Bucchino of Omaha.
– By Lorraine Boyd