Windsor, Lilly Winzig
Lillian Winzig Windsor
March 28, 1923 - May 19, 2013:
Our Aunt Lilly will be remembered by all who knew her. She loved everyone she ever met during her 90 years of traveling the world as an opera singer and running the family store, the Winzig Delicatessen, in Hawthorne, NY. She was born in the home where she continued to live and work all of her life, and where she passed away on May 19. She was born on Wednesday of Easter Week 1923 and was to be named Barbara. But on that day Mother Alphonse came from Rosary Hill in a horse drawn carriage to insist that Theodore "Pop" Winzig name her "Lillian," for the traditional Easter flower. Lilly was the fifth and last of Pop's children, and the only child of Marie "Mom" Puntigam Winzig. As she grew up, it became apparent that she was gifted with a wonderful singing voice. In grade school, she took singing lessons locally, then in high school she went into training in New York at the Berlitz Language School. There she learned language skills in French and Italian, but most importantly, she honed her voice to enunciate and project her music. A skill meant to allow her to fill concert halls with the sound of her voice would later serve equally well in the Winzig Deli, as she entertained customers and visiting friends. She traveled the world, singing as a Good Will Ambassador for the State Department after WW II, from 1944 to 1962. During her 18 year career, she traveled to many countries, sang at such revered venues as Carnegie Hall and the Rome Opera, and even met the Pope. Twice. Anyone wishing to hear her recordings, most especially her 1954 Carnegie Hall concert, can go to the following website: www.winzig.com/lilly. Lilly came back to Hawthorne to work in the family delicatessen with her Mom "Mitzi" in 1962. Mother and Daughter worked together until Mom's passing in January 1971. Aunt Lilly kept Pop's store operating as a first generation business until its 95th Anniversary in 2010. We are very sad that she was unable to meet her goal of celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the store in 2015. She was a great lady and will be missed by all of us. Aunt Lilly is survived by nephews: Teddy, Tommy, Richard and Michael Winzig, Kenneth and Fred Bleakley, and niece Veronica Bleakley Steffen as well as many grandnieces and nephews and their children. She is also survived by her many, many loving and loyal friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, brothers Frank, Benny and Billy, sister, Frieda Winzig Bleakley and niece Catherine Louise Winzig. Visitation will be Friday 2-4 & 7-9pm at Beecher Flooks Funeral Home, Inc., Pleasantville. A mass of Christian burial will be Saturday 10:30am at Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel at Gate of Heaven Cemetery where she will be entombed. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to one of the following organizations: Rosary Hill Home, 600 Linda Ave., Hawthorne, NY 10532, Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester, 311 North Street, Suite 204, White Plains, NY, 10605 or Elmsford Animal Shelter, 100 S Warehouse Ln, Elmsford, NY 10523.
Beecher Flooks Funeral Home
418 Bedford Rd Pleasantville, NY 10570
Published in the The Journal News on May 22, 2013