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Lee Bova 01/08/2022

Lee Edward Bova
22 December 1986 – 8 January 2022

Lee was born 22 December 1986 at St. John’s Hospital, Saint Paul, Minnesota. The youngest of five children he was surrounded with love and attention immediately. The first 2 years of his young life were in Newport, Minnesota and then his family moved to Woodbury, Minnesota where he spent the remainder of his childhood.
He attended Royal Oaks Elementary, Lake Junior High and matriculated from Woodbury Senior High School in 2005.
Lee had hoped to join the United States Marine Corps and pursue his calling for his life’s work of being a peace officer. Sadly, this could not be endeavored due to his Type1 diabetes diagnosis at the age of 13.
Lee was always a dependable, diligent worker. He worked in retail, logistics, and the hospitably industry. To say he left an impression in his places of employ would be stating it mildly.
The things Lee sought interest in were varied and changed as he went through life. He played baseball, football and basketball. Became interested in skateboarding and making comedic videos with his childhood friends.
Lee never married but was engaged to Angelica Barrera. He absolutely and unequivocally loved Angelica and her children Jennifer and Rodrigo. His new family grounded him and gave him renewed purpose.

Those of us that know Lee best will remember him for many things:
 His selflessness and limitless willingness to help others;
 His unconditional love for family, friends and oddly enough complete strangers;
 His genuine affection, kindness and patience & joy of children, especially his nephews, niece and young cousins;
 His overall pleasant, positive and upbeat disposition – accompanied by a terrific sense of humor – quick witted albeit a bit dry at times – an uncanny gift to make others laugh and smile; and
 A refusal to indulge in self-pity, not wanting to be treated as disabled nor have anyone feel sorry for him.

Lee is survived by: Parents – Colleen and Rick Wobse, Edward Bova; Siblings – Jay (Nakia), Alanna Adam (Jeff), Nicole Bova (Red), Dana Bova, Jennifer McLaren (Jason), and Ryan Wobse(Jessica); Aunts – Christine Waxon, Annette Schwartz (Doug “Uncle Bug”), Deanna Germscheid (Walter), Vicki Lee-Jones (Peter); Nephews and Nieces – Jay “Junior” Mejia, Jarred Mejia (Livvi), Edward “Bashie” Harting, Isla Harting, Aurora Wobse and Dyson McLaren; Cousins- Allison Waxon, Katherine Ford (Brian), Brandon McGrath (Katie), Gage McGrath, Charisse Fritz-Vaidich (Chad) , Dalton Springer and many other loving cousins.

Preceded in passing by: Grandparents; James Bova, Janice Bova-Sellner, Herb Peterson, Geraldine Taylor; Uncles; Terry Taylor, Ricky Schwartz, Douglass Schwartz, Anthony “Tony” Bova, Robert “Bob” Waxon; Aunts – Lauren “Mickey” Taylor.

A very small Memorial Service (basically family) was held in River Falls, Wisconsin (Bakken-Young Funeral Home).
A celebration of life to follow @ Tinucci’s Banquet Room, 396 21st Street, Newport, Minnesota 55055
Saturday 29 January 2022, 4:30pm -7:30 pm
Eulogy and Remembrances 5:30 pm

If at all possible, ask that you RSVP to bovacftservices@ no later than 24 January 2022 confirming your attendance at Tinucci’s

We implore memorials to Lee Bova Family to assist his fiancé and family.
Additionally, we have setup a GOFUNDME page;

Click here to watch Lee’s reccorded service


  • Nicole Bova Posted January 13, 2022 4:03 am

    i never knew you were my best my first my student my teatcher we was each others everything and the time has come and you let go first. I wasn’t there for your departure but you did not want me to hold on to you. You were not going to hurt anymore and you were forever freed from the torching pain èvèn though you were loved by the family you were making. Ànd oh how much she loveď you so ànd your boy loves you so. You now live forever in there hearts and you gave us à gift of your precious Àngèlicà ànď her boy ànd girl. I àm the last to let you go now but it was a pleasure to be able to get your love and friendship but most importantly to be able to call you my brother baby brother that thought me more then you could have any idea. From the moment you came into this world to the moment you stayed asleep. Until you wake up my friend see you then.

    Love always your big sister Col`e

  • Ashley Barott Posted January 14, 2022 12:33 am

    A man of many words… always made you smile no matter the situation… Lee was a great person to have on your side… so full of life he was… conversations were always awesome, times spent were everlasting, jokes that lasted for days… lol… Lee will be dearly missed for the person he was, the times shared and the love he gave to every person he shared life with.. I’m gonna miss you Lee… very much… Rest easy kiddo… till I see you again 💙

  • Branden McGrath Posted January 26, 2022 11:23 am

    Oh my dear cousin and best friend, I haven’t found it any easier not to cry everyday whilst thinking about you. You were an amazing friend, cousin, father, grandson and all around person! I have so many memories of us that I’ll cherish until the end of time. I will miss your charisma and general quirkiness. I will miss the chats we had sometimes everyday a lot of the times about nothing and sitting on the phone until we just were listening to each other breathe. Most of all I’ll miss the kind and gentle soul you were whenever I needed help with anything you were right there to aid and lend a hand, you were a fierce friend. I will love you and keep you in my thoughts forever, until I see you again Rest in Peace Lee Bova!

  • Mk Posted January 29, 2022 5:23 pm

    Another kind soul called home far to young. You have touched many hearts here and even more have smiled in your presence. Rest peacefully my friend .
    Should you start to get board maybe move some paint cans or rolls of tape around reds shop! Keep him on his toes!! Lol

  • Lindsay Junker Posted January 30, 2022 10:27 pm

    Rest in peace brother! You were one of a kind!! The world will not be the same without you, but I know you will be with all of us always!! I love you sabi!!!

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