It is with great sadness that the family of Leona Marie Kamnikar of South Haven, Michigan announces that Leona (Lee) passed away on July 25, 2017 at the age of 78. Lee had fought a valiant battle against cancer the last 7 months of her life. Lee had a wonderful, complete life that began in Illinois, took her around the world, and ended gently in South Haven, Michigan. Lee was born on February 1, 1939, in Marseilles, Illinois to her father and mother, Robert and Lela Thompson. She graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1961. During college she met and soon married the love of her life, Anthony "Bud" Kamnikar. She is preceded in death by her father, Robert, her mother, Lela, and her brother Phillip Thompson. Lee is survived by her husband of 56 years, Bud Kamnikar. She is also survived by her daughter, Karen Deschaine (John), and three grandchildren, Jonathan, Madalyn, and Genevieve, all of South Haven, Michigan. A memorial service is scheduled at St. Basil Church in South Haven, Michigan on September 15, 2017 at 11:00 am. Filbrandt Family Funeral Home.