It is with great sadness that the family of Lillian M. (Reale) Schreffler, notes her passing at age 96, on Nov. 5, 2012.
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Lillian was a lifelong resident of Enfield, except for a brief time as a child residing in Suffield and New York City during World War II. She was born at home in the Frenchtown section of Thompsonville, a daughter to Luigi and Pace (Maniscalchi) Reale. They were part of the great immigration during the first part of the 20th century having arrived on these shores from Naro, Sicily, in 1911. They subsequently gave birth to 15 children of which Lillian was the fourth child. Lillian was a quiet and unassuming woman who loved flower gardening and reading. She worked as a housekeeper in many private homes and businesses and for a brief time as a school crossing guard for the former A.D. Higgins School. In the year 2009, she and her family were featured in a locally published book titled Suffield's Old Bridge Neighborhood. Lillian was predeceased by her husband of nearly 40 years, William T. Schreffler, who served with a European artillery unit during World War II. She lost her only daughter, Joyce Reale in 1996, and a son, Edward A. Schreffler in 2001.
Lillian leaves her eldest son, William C. Schreffler, and his wife, Suzanne Sperry-Petri Schreffler, of Hazardville; a brother, Charles Reale of Hazardville; two sisters, Marie Riley of Springfield, and Jean Bouthiette of Thompsonville; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Her funeral will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10:30 a.m. from the Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapel, 61 South Road, with Rites of Committal to conclude at St. Patrick's King Street Cemetery, both in Enfield.
Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday morning prior to the service from 9:30 to 10:30.
Lillian's family would also like to acknowledge the good caring and concerns of the hospice volunteers and staff of the Evergreen branch of the Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations in her memory be directed to the Hazardville Institute Conservancy, P.O. Box 406, Enfield, CT 06083-0406.
For online condolences and expressions of sympathy please visit
Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels
61 South Road Enfield, CT 06082
Published in Journal Inquirer from Nov. 8 to Nov. 12, 2012