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Reiling, Lillian Sheeran
June 11 1916 - March 20 2012

Lillian Sheeran Reiling, 95, of Sarasota, formerly of Dayton Ohio died March 20 2012.
Mass of the Redemption will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Thomas More Church in Sarasota, followed by burial in their Memorial Garden.
Survivors include sons Victor G. Jr., Michael E. of Cleveland, Ohio, and Charles B. of Apex N.C.; daughters Anne C Mack of Sarasota and Ellen L of Bennington, Vt.; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren
Surviving in-laws Brendon Coogan, Nancy Bushnell, Anne-Marie Reiling, and Jean Reiling.
Predeceased by Victor G. Reiling Sr. and granddaughter Karen Gaffney Sterling.
Growing up in Dayton, Ohio Lillian attended University of Dayton and had the honor of First Homecoming Queen in 1935. She was a reporter for the Dayton Daily News and interviewed First lady Eleanor Roosevelt and other dignitaries. She was a fashion buyer for Rikes, Shilitos, and The Clothes Loft.
She married Dayton native Victor in 1939 and was a wonderful mother to five children, while being very involved in many Dayton charities.
As a couple, they traveled extensively and as co-owners of Modern Industrial Plastics Company, they both helped advance plastic manufacturing in other countries, including El Salvador, Columbia, and Brazil.
They moved to Sarasota in 1981, and became involved in the many things this city has to offer. She also volunteered at The Pines and served on the Board for many years.
Lillian continued to travel the world after Victor's death, gathering friends and experiences with her sparkling personality and remarkable memory. She was a wonderful matriarch to a large and Loving Sarasota family
A reception for family and friends immediately following the Mass at the church's Spirit Center.
A believer in "Strong-Smart-Bold" the motto of Girls Inc., the family requests memorial donation to Girls Inc., 201 S. Tuttle. Sarasota, FL 34237



Published in Herald Tribune from Mar. 25 to Mar. 26, 2012
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