Lillian Gurrieri left this world to eternal peace on Friday, December 6, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to visit the Dooley Colonial Home, 556 Westfield Ave., Westfield on Monday from 3-9 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:30 am at Saint Bartholomew the Apostle Parish, 2032 Westfield Ave. Scotch Plains. Interment will follow at St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia.
She was the wife of the late Mario J. Gurrieri, mother of Mario C. Gurrieri and Camille L. Jadelis, mother-in-law of John Jadelis and grandmother of Gina Jadelis. She was the sister of the late Sam Casabona, surviving brother, George I. Casabona, several nieces, nephews, godchildren and friends.
Lillian was born on February 7th, 1921 in Buffalo, New York and grew up in Paterson, New Jersey. She was a loyal resident of Garwood, NJ for over 60 years and communicant of Saint Anne’s Church until she moved to her final home at the Chelsea Independent Living in Fanwood and became a member of Saint Bartholomew’s parish in Scotch Plains.
Lillian was a working mom as a legal secretary, specializing in estate administration at the Westfield law firm of Davidson, Buttermore and Mullen until she retired at the age of 75 to help care for her granddaughter, Gina. Lillian loved cooking and entertaining for family and friends and always made 315 Oak Street open to her children’s friends as a place to gather. She enjoyed reciting poetry, reading, playing cards, visiting the Chadwick beach house and watching General Hospital. At 92 she played a good game of Scrabble, was a huge fan of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Marching Band and looked forward to attending the Saturdayfootball games.
Lillian will be missed and remembered by many as a strong woman, loving mother and true friend who lived a long life as she saw fit.
Donations in her memory may be made to either the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of her husband, Mario or the Barnabas Health Foundation.