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Lillian Villee


Lillian Villee (nee Longson) age 94 of the Packanack Lake Section of Wayne died peacefully on Sunday, September 11, 2011.

She was born in Upper Gornal, England in 1917 and her family moved to the United States in 1919 having settled in Hawthorne, New Jersey as her aunt owned several homes there. Lillian was raised in Hawthorne and graduated with the Class of 1935, the first graduating class, from Hawthorne High School.

Just out of high school Lillian got a job with the Internal Revenue Service assisting people with filing their taxes. While on a lunch break and sitting outside reading a book, a Mr. Richard Villee, from upstairs in her building, took the book out of her hands and said “you have to talk to me today”. They soon fell in love and married on June 6, 1940 at the Presbyterian Church in Hawthorne and honeymooned in the Smokey Mountains of West Virginia. Richard was soon called into the military during WWII and Lillian moved back and forth between her parents and Richard’s parents homes. In 1945 Richard was discharged from the US Navy and the young couple soon moved to Wayne, NJ and started their family.

Lillian left her job at the Internal Revenue Service and had her first son Richard “Rick” and soon thereafter she had a daughter Valerie. After her children were in high school she got a job with the NJ Bell Telephone Company in the accounts receivable department. After a few years she went to work for the Standard Metal Corporation on Route 23 in Wayne before formally retiring.

Lillian was very active in her community. She was a member of the Packanack Community Church, the Packanack Golf Club where she golfed with a group of ladies known as the “fun bunch”, and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Packanack Lake Fire Company #5.

Lillian was the loving and devoted wife of fifty-four years to the late Richard Villee(1994); loving mother of Richard “Rick” Villee of Wayne, and Valerie Carlin and her husband Ray of Fresno, TX; cherished grandmother of Bryan Villee, Chris and Tracy Carlin; loved sister of the late Ethel Schwamm (2002).

Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 from 11 AM – 12 Noon at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

A 12 noon funeral service will be held just following the visiting hours on Tuesday.

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My condolences go out to Val,Ray, Rick, Tracy, Christopher and Bryan. Mom is finally at peace. She certainly had a full life, and was quite the classy lady. She was always "dressed to the nines", and was meticulous in having her hair done!! I have such fond memories of "running across the street", and grabbing the box of lorna doones. She taught me that they tasted better with peanut butter on them!! There are far too many memories to mention here, but she and her buddy Gladys, are finally reunited, sharing a laugh or two! I'm gonna miss you Lil...Godspeed. Love, Nancy (Bob and Danny too)

Nancy McGrady


Dear Rick & Bryan, I hope your wonderful memories will help through this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss. Love, Tom

Thomas Kroncke


The O'Connor family extends their deepest condoences to your family. Mrs. "Lil" Villee left us with many fond memories. She was Mom's library buddy and now they are reading together.

Tricia Szlembarski


To a wonderful person we will miss you Craig Smith and family

Craig Smith


Ricky, I am so sorry for your loss. I always heard such nice things about your mom from Jacki. You are in my thoughts and prayers at the very sad time. Hugs...

Erica Garbarini


My condolences go out to Lil's family. I have fond memories of lunches with Lil at Mirandas in Packanack Lake. The "girls" ate grilled cheese sandwiches and we shared lots of laughs. She will be missed. Mary

Mary C. Woodruff


Dear Rick And Val, So sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a great lady and was blessed to have such a long life. When you get a chance please send me an e-mail and lets catch up on our lives. Best regards, Rick

Dr. Rick Kunze


Lil is at peace after a very full life. She was the sweetest lady who always had a smile on her face. Living across the street for many years, I have countless fond memories of the Villee family. My mom and Lil spent lots of happy times together. They were such good friends. I'm so glad that Lil was here for her. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Nora

Nora Warner Brandt

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