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Lillian K Wilander

November 29, 1932 ~ March 11, 2019 (age 86)

Lillian Katherine “Lil” (Hildack) Wilander, 86, of Worthington, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on Monday, March 11, 2019  in the presence of family. She was born November 29, 1932 and raised in Westfield to the late Albert and Sophie (Warga) Hildack.  She met her husband the late William R. Wilander of Chester and they married on April 28, 1951 in Westfield at St. Mary’s. She and her husband had four daughters who were her passion for life and love.  Lillian was always a strong, independent woman who was full of spice and a good sense of humor. She was a kind warm loving woman with a heart of gold. She was a hard worker and had many different jobs; one of her favorite was as a department manager at Albert Steiger’s in Westfield. She was also an animal lover and donated to the National Wildlife Federation as well as endangered species of wolves and various animals. Lillian is survived by her four daughters; Susan L. Mineau of Westfield, Pamela M. Baker with husband Kenneth of Middlefield, Nancy L. O’Melia with husband Paul of East Longmeadow, and daughter Paula A. Baker of Elmira, New York. She leaves behind her beloved companion, her German Shepard named Cocoa.  She also leaves behind ten grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, a very a special niece Lisa Medeiros from Westfield, and her sister and brother-in-law Gail and Tommy Smith of Westfield. Lillian was preceded in death by her sister Helen Yaple and brothers Edward and baby brother Charlie Hildack of Westfield,  grandson William M. Baker, great grandson Patrick J. Gallagher, son-in-laws Paul R. Mineau and Wayne M. Baker, as well as nieces and nephews. She will join her beloved dog Larson. A thank you to all the staff at Cooley Dickinson Hospital for the respectful and compassionate care Lillian and her family received during her stay. Family, friends, and others whose lives Lillian touched are invited to Firtion-Adams Funeral Home located at 76 Broad St, Westfield, MA on Sunday March 17 from 2:00-4:00 PM. The funeral services will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church located at 30 Bartlett St, Westfield, MA at 9:30 on Monday, March 18. The burial will be held in the spring. If one wishes donations can be made to Second Chance Community Veterinary Hospital, 67 Mulberry St, Springfield, MA, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215, or Shiners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St, Springfield, MA 01104.

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