I remember Aunt Lillian and Uncle Robbie as being particularly funny people with a wonderful, shared sense of humor. “Aunt Lil,” as we knew her, was vibrant, funny and a delight to be around, and as I recall, she always brought cheesecake to family events. She and my mother became even closer after the deaths of their husbands, and Ruth and Lillian had a special bond in their later years. At Ruth’s funeral in April, Aunt Lil and cousin Donald brought some remembrances of Joe that we had never seen before; a letter from him when he was trying to find work in Colorado after we returned from England. It was news to us that that was a tough time, and it was a most welcome insight. Sorry I can’t be there at the funeral; my special thoughts and sympathies to Donald.
Mary (Binder) Yemma
I have fond memories of my “Aunt” Lillian, who was married to my Dad’s cousin, Robert (my “Uncle” Robbie). At least once a summer they would visit us at our home in Oconomowoc with their son, Donald. Aunt Lillian always brought her legendary cheesecake, and Uncle Robbie treated us with fresh doughnuts. My Aunt Lillian was so easy to talk to; she had a knack for putting a person at ease. Aunt Lillian and Uncle Robbie each had a wonderful sense of humor, and the day was always full of laughs as many entertaining stories were told. Aunt Lillian continued to maintain communication with my mom after the deaths of our dad and her husband. My mom enjoyed going shopping and out to lunch with Aunt Lillian and Donald, and appreciated the continued friendship. Aunt Lillian was very artistic. I believe she enjoyed many crafts, but was particularly fond of the art of Rosemaling, exhibiting great talent and creativity in that art.
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