CRANE, Lillian October 8, 1918 - May 22, 2010 Lillian Crane passed away due to age related causes on May 22, 2010. She was born Lillian Reifman on October 8, 1918 in Chicago, IL, then moved with her family to be raised in Los Angeles. She attended Los Angeles High School, USC, and UCLA. Lillian married Adrian Scharlach in 1942 and their son Ed was born in 1943. After her divorce in 1945, Lillian and Ed lived with her parents, Meyer and Eva Reifman in Beverly Hills. Lillian was married to Al Simon briefly, then to comedy writing legend Harry Crane (creator of "The Honeymooners", etc.). They were together from 1953 until his passing in 1999. Harry was mentor to Ed's 45 year TV writing career. From her teens to her last years, Lillian was considered one of the most beautiful, elegant, and fashionable women in Hollywood. She was also known for her astounding culinary skills and her brilliant intellect - a crossword puzzle and Scrabble champion, with a voracious appetite for books, reading several every week of her life until that passion was curtailed by macular degeneration.
Lillian leaves behind her son and daughter-in-law Ed and Maribeth Scharlach, and her grandson Robbie Scharlach. Funeral services will be held at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park, Sunday, May 30 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, an institution created by Lillian and Harry's dear friend, comedian Danny Thomas. Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries - Hollywood Hills, (800) 600-0076
Published in Los Angeles Times on May 28, 2010.