LILLY WEISS 8/15/22 - 8/28/16 Lilly Weiss celebrated her 94th year on August 15th before she entered her final passage on August 28th. Lilly was a beloved wife, mother, mother-in-law, daughter, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, great aunt, sister and friend to legions. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio to parents, Gizella Reichenfeld and Bertram Sauberman, Lilly was the youngest daughter of a large family. Lilly loved the theater and music--the signature song she sang in her beautiful alto voice was Irving Berlin's beloved, "Always." She received a scholarship in Theatre Arts at Carnegie Tech/ Carnegie Melon. Following her performance in "Victoria Regina" in Cain Park, Cleveland, a local theater critic referred to Lilly as "a second Helen Hayes." Married to her high school sweetheart, Aaron Weiss, they recently celebrated their 73rd year wedding anniversary. Lilly excelled in many careers in addition to theatre-- eploring the world of farming; preschool teaching; serving as director of a large elder day care center at Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic; receiving her MA in Educational Psychology in Counseling and Guidance. Lilly loved her extensive family and friends; the beauty of flowers especially violets and gardenias; all things theatre; crossword puzzles; reading (in particular detective/mystery stories); the TV shows "Jeopardy" and "Dancing with the Stars"; her beloved pets; the joy of laughing and laughter, bad puns and great jokes, and making the world a better place with her beautiful smile and generous heart. She has touched many lives with her radiant loving spirit. A Memorial Service for Lilly will be held at the Grange Hall, 2215 N. Nugent Rd., Lummi Island (next to the Beach Store Cafe) at 6 pm. Your potluck offering will be welcomed! In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Whatcom Hospice Foundation, 2901 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225, (360-733-1231; www.HospiceHelp.org) and/or specific donations in Lilly's memory directed to Hospice House, 2806 Douglas Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225 (360-788-6855).
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Aug. 31, 2016