ONEONTA — Lillian Stahl, of Oneonta, left our world on Nov. 7, just 10 days shy of her 96th birthday.
She is survived by her grateful children, Joanne Maguire and Dennis Stahl; her beloved grandchildren, Dennis V. Stahl (and wife, Sharon Green), Anna Stahl (and husband, Christian Watts); and two great-grandchildren, Oliver and Lola Watts. She also leaves a huge circle of people who will forever know her as Mom Stahl.
She was predeceased by her much loved husband, Walter; and son, Robert.
“Shanghai Lil” was the fifth of six children born to Czech immigrant parents in the heart of New York City. She was a wild child of the 1930s however, the years of depression left an indelible mark.
Throughout much of her life Lilly was devoted to the care and well-being of those less fortunate. She was an advocate and volunteer for ARC (Children and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) and donated to many causes near and dear to her heart. Lilly was a hard worker and did not shy from taking task in hand. Whether it was manning her husband’s hardware business after his sudden death, running her own thrift store or making spare cash as a serial garage saler, Lilly was admired by many for her remarkable work ethic and seemingly endless endurance.
Throughout her life Lilly has had many friends who loved her dearly. She will be remembered by those who knew her as a strong, resilient, independent, loving and unforgivably frank and funny woman. She was unique for her era and one of a kind. She lived a long, purposeful life (in her words, “too long,”) never losing her gift to find humor even in the darkest hour. She will be missed.
A memorial date is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 at ARC (daycare building) at 63 Lower River St.
If you have any questions, please contact either Dennis Stahl at 988-7708 or Anna Stahl at annastahldesign.com.