Lee L. Platt

Sep 25, 2018
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10:30 a.m. Monday, October 1, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church, 505 Franklin St., Waterloo


3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 30, 2018 at Locke Funeral Home, 1519 West 4th St., Waterloo


Memorial Park Cemetery, Waterloo


Dean & Lee Platt Family Fund at Community Foundation of N.E. Iowa or Waterloo First Presbyterian Church Foundation


Lee L. Platt, 97, of Waterloo, died Tuesday, September 25 at Lakeview Landing of Friendship Village. She was born on April 21, 1921, in Waverly, daughter of Albert and Hertha Morf. Lee married Dean Platt on June 4, 1942 in Ames, the day before their graduation so that classmates could attend. Dean preceded her in death on October 25, 2009.

Lee graduated from Tripoli High School as valedictorian, and Iowa State University in 1942 with a BS degree in Home Economics. In 1944 Lee and Dean brought a long-time family business to Waterloo and founded Platt's Nursery.

She was a faithful First Presbyterian Church member for 72 years, joining January 6, 1946, where she was a Sunday School teacher, a two-term member of the Session, member of the Education Committee and Search Committee for the organist and pastor, and a board member of Church Foundation. She was also a Campfire Girl, a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter IU for more than 50 years.

Lee enjoyed cooking, entertaining, bridge, music, dancing, the piano, and travel. With Dean and family she had been to all states, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Greece, Israel, England, the Scandinavian countries, and New Zealand. She received joy from the beauty of the birds and flowers and enjoyed decorating for herself and others. While Dean was busy beautifying the outside with his landscaping, she brought beauty to the inside as owner of the Gift Shop.

Survived by her son, Richard (Marsha) Platt of Waterloo; daughter: Ann (Gary) Fergemann of Kalamazoo, MI; five grandchildren, Brian (Katarzyna) Fergemann of Chicago, IL, David (Tilly) Fergemann, of Atlanta, GA, Caitlyn (Trever) Sittig of New Hampton, Allison (Justin) Taylor of Harlan, and Breanna Platt (friend Adam Nieland) of Storm Lake; six great-grandchildren, Oliva, Owen, Kate, Brock, Nolan, and Dylan; and sister, Jeanette Baran of Palos Verdes Estates, CA.

Preceded in death by her parents and husband.


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  1. Gene Niewoehner | Oct 06, 2018

    I am saddened to read of her passing today. Her mother Hertha was a favorite Aunt. I wish to share my condolences to her family.


  2. Jana Poole~fairbanks | Sep 30, 2018
    i have such good memories of lee, that preceded First Pres.  I remember when i first owned a home and wanted to start flower gardening, I had worked a little in another greenhouse,  but would go to Platts to get a few things.  lee introduced me to planting tulips and cut the bulb in half and showed me the start of the tiny flower.  I was hooked. 97,  wow what a long and well lived life!!  
  3. Donna Aegerter | Sep 29, 2018

    I am so sorry for your loss , but what a wonderful life she lived.  I didn't realize she was such an extensive traveler.  Think of all of God's beauty she experienced.  She leaves such a beautiful legacy.  I was thinking of her last weekend when we went to Waterloo to visit my Dad.  I would have loved to be there, but circumstances won't permit me.

    I will always remember her for her beauty and kindness.  I agree with your thoughts that she is in peace and Pain free.  Sending prayers and love to you all.

  4. Jim & Pat Burnell | Sep 27, 2018

    You are in our thoughts and prayers trusting God to comfort you in this time of sorrow.

    Appreciated the time I had working at Platt's, bridging the gap between "early retirement" and retirement. God Bless you.

  5. Rhonda Williams | Sep 27, 2018

    Platt Family.


    My condolences on the passing of Lee. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I enjoyed the time that I worked at Platt's and working for Lee and Dean. I have some fun memories of that time. May God bless each and everyone of you.

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