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Lilly’s birthday party 2006

If it weren’t for you, I would never have learned to enjoy salad. I wouldn’t have the wonderful knitted items you made for me. I would have missed out on your love and compassion. Most of all, I wouldn’t have all the wonderful memories of you. I lack the words to truly describe the amount of love and pride I have for you. To my grandma, Lilly, God bless you. Ten golden fingers. One golden heart.

Ken Kolb,
Valencia, California

December 20, 2011
I will never forget the message what you give me for my live: have a smile in all the sadness in your live! Many thanks franz

Franz Muellner,

December 19, 2011
Es war mir eine Ehre dich kennen zu dürfen! See you later…

Lisa Müllner-Macheiner,
Laa/Thaya (Vienna)

December 18, 2011

Center Street in Culver City will miss Lilly. In recent years we have not seen her as much as we used to, but she did make appearances at our August block parties the years when she was 100 and 101.
I was able to attend her services this morning. Some of Lilly’s sayings were displayed by her simple pine casket:
„Come Good Home“
„I’m very particular“
„I eat everything that doesn’t eat me.“
„It’s all written in a book.“
„All I need is a roof over my head and a piece of bread.“
„I survived with my 10 golden fingers.“
„Against nature you can nothing do.“
„You must take it like it comes.“

Lilly’s grandchildren, Ken and Andrea were there. Also present:
Lilly’s faithful caretaker family of the past 8 years: Bevelyn, Andrew, and Brianna.
Lilly’s longtime back duplex neighbors, advocates, friends, caretakers: Jim and Herbert.
Center St. neighbors: Cindy and Laura
And a few others….
We had a chance to share stories. A rabbi lead us in prayer. We said Psalm 23 together. We all gathered on the hilltop to bury her – it was a beautiful sunny day.
Jim reflected on Lilly’s life being amazing.
My thoughts: Not many of us have the opportunity to live large portions of our lives on three continents like Lilly did. Not many of us endure the struggles and hardships that Lilly endured during WWII and can still have a sense of humor and delight for living.
We were blessed to know her. Her presence graced our lives and made us want to „be more“ because she had managed to „be more.“
The prayer that was said this morning:
„O God, full of compassion, who dwells on high, grant perfect rest beneath the sheltering wings of Your divine presence, among the holy and pure who shine as the brightness of the firmament, unto Lilly who has gone to her eternal home. Author of mercy, bring her under the shelter of Your wings and let her soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life. May you be her inheritance and may her repose be in peace. Amen

Laura Rusch,
Culver City, California

December 18, 2011
You’re forever in my heart.


Lena Muellner,Munich

December 17, 2011
I miss you so much.
I have to accept what I can’t change.-
Your words.

God looked around His garden
and He found an empty place.

He then looked down upon this earth
and He saw Lilly`s tired face.

He put His arms around her
and lifted her to rest.

God’s garden must be beautiful.
He only takes the best.

He knew that she was suffering.
He knew she was in pain.

He knew that she would never
get well on earth again.

He saw that the road was getting rough
and the hills were hard to climb.

So He closed her weary eyelids and whispered
“Peace Be Thine.”

It broke my heart
to lose you
but you didn’t go alone.

For part of me went with you
the day God called you home.

You left me beautiful memories.
Your love is still my guide.

And though I cannot see you
you are always by my side.

Bye bye Lilly
Your close friend Hanni from Austria

Hanni Laaber, Austria