On August 13, 2022, Lesa Kae Buhl died at her home in West Phoenix, AZ at the age of 60. She had persistent complications related to seizures. Lesa is survived by her husband of 20 years, Robert Edward Anthony, her sister Judith Ann Buhl of Mesa, AZ, and her sister Sandra Mae Buhl, of Algona, IA. She was predeceased by her parents, Clarence Buhl in 1993 and Cleo Mae Sawyer in 2007, her brother Kenneth Clarence in 2019, her sister Virginia Lee Buhl in 2015. Her grandparents, Thomas Bull who died in 1960, Francis Alta Gifford in 1944, Fred John Sawyer in 1979, and Lottie Violet Howard in 1977. Lesa was born August 1, 1962 in Emmetsburg, Iowa and received elementary school education in the Emmetsburg area. She graduated from Manson Northwest Webster High School in 1980 and later attended the University of Buena Vista where she earned a degree in psychology in 1984. Lesa married Robert Edward Anthony in 2002 after meeting online. They celebrated the Y2K Ball Drop together and had been virtually inseparable for 22 years. She loved cats and, with her husband, raised more than 50 young kittens through the Arizona Humane Society. She was particularly attracted to bottle-feeding babies. She loved scrap booking, but her biggest forte was helping people. She had worked for the State of Arizona in child protective services for twenty years, having just retired in 2021 when her seizures made it impossible to access the office after the required remote work after the end of covid. As a trainer and mentor, it is impossible to visit this office without feeling Lesa’s influence. She was a non-conformist and had nicknames for some of the staff, but they had to be earned as they were more of endearing terms. Lesa was a joy to be there, always lending an ear to help. If you had the chance to call her a friend, she would move heaven and earth to help you. Lesa has always been that stabilizing force in an office that sometimes didn’t make sense. She could be sarcastic, high-spirited, and march to the beat of her own drum, but never at the expense of her abused children at work or her furry children at home. A celebration of life is planned but details are still being finalized. His body, according to his wishes, was donated to science. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Arizona Humane Society.
Posted on September 27, 2022
Posted in The Arizona Republic