Family and friends this weekend are mourning the sudden loss of RoseAnne Lee, clerk of the circuit court for Racine County.

An employee who has worked with Lee for the last three years told Racine County Eye that Lee may have suffered a stroke Thursday night that led to bleeding on the brain. She was at a local yacht club when she fell ill, and she was put on life support to give her family time to gather together.

“She wasn’t sick at all,” we were told. “I’m just glad she wasn’t alone.”

Lee was appointed to the clerk of the circuit court position in 2009 and then re-elected in both 2010 and 2014.

Friends throughout the community expressed their sorrow on the Racine County Eye Facebook page.

“Oh no! she was a wonderful partner with RUSD and the work programs at Case High School. So sad to hear this!” Ann Betker Widmar posted.

April Wiggins noted Lee’s kindness, a trait many friends – including former colleagues – had to say about her.

“I’m so sorry to hear that. She was such a kind person. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.”

Racine County Circuit Court Judge Charles Constantine told The Journal Times that he considered Lee a friend and that he, too, had just spoken to her and nothing appeared to be wrong.

“I can’t tell you how stunned, how shocked everybody was by this,” he is quoted as saying. “She worked very well with the judges, she was well-liked and was an interesting person. She was fun to be with.”

Lee was just 60 years old. She is survived by a son and a daughter.

We will update this story when we learn about plans for Lee’s funeral or memorial service.

Love what we do?

In addition to our education features, we’ll be kicking off a series of stories highlighting how parents, students, and educators are adapting to the impact of COVID-19 on education. If this is important to you, please consider donating to our education reporting fund. https://business.facebook.com/donate/1846323118855149/3262802717172659/