GILL - Lillian J. (Cromack) Couture, 87, of Mountain Road, died Monday (6-23-14) at Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield, with her devoted family at her bedside.
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Lillian was born in Greenfield on May 16, 1927, the daughter of Dwight and Ester (Adams) Cromack. She attended local schools in Greenfield and was a graduate of Greenfield High School, Class of 1945. She continued her education at Becker Junior College in Worcester, MA, completing her studies as a medical secretary in 1947. With that education, she was a ""working woman"" for five years in the office of a dear friend, Dr. Spencer Flo before marrying in 1952.
On June 7, 1952, Lil was married to her childhood sweetheart and best friend, Samuel I. Couture. Together, they enjoyed 62 years of marriage raising a family and traveling throughout the United States and Europe taking in the sights, eating well and playing golf, an activity they enjoyed for decades.
Lil's home course was the Country Club of Greenfield and it was there that she made friends with generations of women, improved her skills and ultimately scored a total of three holes-in-one. She passed her love of the game onto her children and grandchildren, all of whom spent summers as she did, enjoying the outdoors, meeting new people, and trying to perfect her favorite pastime.
Understanding the value of exercise, Lilly was always very physically active. After golf season was over, she spent her winter months taking ""aerobics"" classes at the YMCA of Greenfield, skiing, bowling and walking. She was also an accomplished painter adorning colonial objects with beautiful tole designs and giving them as gifts to her children. Lil loved flowers and enjoyed caring for them at home, on the island at the Route 2 intersection in Gill and in front of Couture Bros. in Turners Falls.
Not only was Lil physically active, but she spent a great deal of time volunteering in the community. She dedicated 35 years to the Board of Organized Work at the Baystate Franklin Medical Center and years as a volunteer for ""The Thrift Shop"". She was a member of the Catholic Women's Council and the Women's Club in Turners Falls and because of her heritage she was also a Daughter of the American Revolution. Once a week for many years, she found great pleasure in reading picture books to children in her daughter's kindergarten classes.
Of all of Lil's activities, she found the most joy in dedicating her time, energy and love toward making a happy home for her husband and children and being a Nana/Grammy to her grandchildren.
She will be deeply missed by her husband, Sam; her three children and five grandchildren: Michele Hazlett and her husband Bill, Karen Wartel and her husband Phil and their children Eric and Leigh, Christian Couture and his wife Charlene and their children Kevin, Corey and Nicole; her sisters, Betty Wyman of Greenfield and Rena Walburger of Syracuse, NY, and several nieces and nephews.
Lillian was predeceased by her brothers, Donald and Clayton ""Ducky"" Cromack.
The family would like to thank the fabulous staff of Charlene Manor for the care, love, professional ism and support they showed ""LillyBean"" during her 1 1/2 year stay at the facility. Her smile, strength, energy and positive attitude will hopefully be remembered by everyone who knew her.
Funeral services will be held Friday (6-27) at 9:15 a.m. from the Kostanski Funeral Home, 1 Kostanski Square., Turners Falls, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 at Our Lady of Peace Church with the Rev. Stanley Aksamit, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Turners Falls.
Calling hours will be held Thursday evening from 4 to 7 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
, 264 Cottage St., Springfield, Ma 01104 or to the YMCA Scholarship Endowment Fund, c/o Tina Newton, 451 Main St., Greenfield, MA 01301.
Sympathy message available at:
Kostanski Funeral Home
220 Federal Street Greenfield, MA 01301
Published in The Recorder on June 26, 2014