|Birth: ||Oct. 11, 1912|
New York, USA
|Death: ||May 4, 2010|
Lillian Willert Havernick (nee Wiener) died peacefully on May 4, 2010 in Ocala, Florida with her husband, William, at her side. Her son Richard also spent time with her during her final days. Other surviving family include a sister, Marion Rhode Toal, of Buffalo, New York; granddaughter, Karin Elizabeth Roof (Paul) of Charleston, South Carolina, grandson, Robert McOuat (Alana) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; granddaughter, Heather Lynn Bencivenga (Joseph) and four great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Harold, and her 2 daughters, Marilyn W. McOuat and Carole W. Hennessey. Lillian was born in Buffalo, New York on October 11, 1912, attended Public School 63, and was an Honor's graduate of Bennett High School. Her three children Richard Frank (Jeanette), Marilyn Beth McOuat (Charles), and Carole Janice Hennessey (Jack) attended the same schools. Coming of age at the beginning of the Great Depression, Lillian attended a business college in Buffalo even though she was the recipient of one of the few coveted New York State Regents College Scholarships then awarded. She married Harold L. Willert in 1939. The couple spent their first years of married life operating a motel-restaurant in Maplehurst, New York followed by ownership of a delicatessen located across from Canisius College in Buffalo. These business ventures, although successful, ended with the arrival of children. However, Lillian remained active outside the home as a Deaconess, choir member, and church secretary at the University Christian Church in North Buffalo. She also worked part-time as the bookkeeper for the Jones Dairy Federal Credit Union. When husband Harold's vision failed, Lillian gained employment as a secretary for Rich Enterprises. Then, when the company President, Robert Rich, Sr. Decided to computerize his operation during the late fifties when computers were in their infancy, she became a central figure in the management of the company's system. Later she became an office manager and grant writer for Dr. Robert Guthrie who developed a fast inexpensive test for phenylketonuria (PKU), a disease which causes severe brain damage and mental retardation. Since then hundreds of millions of infants have been tested and tens of thousands placed on special diets that prevented the disease. In the 1970's Harold and Lillian retired to their much loved summer home in Napoli, New York. In the 1980's they gradually explored and eventually resettled in Ocala, Florida, where Harold died in 1985. Several years later, Lillian married William Havernick, another Western New Yorker who had retired to Ocala. They spent many rich years together, and were both faithful and active members of their church, Living Hope Community Church. Lillian's memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 5:30pm at Living Hope Community Church, Ocala, FL.
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from June 6 to June 7, 2010
Created by: No Guts, No Glory
Record added: Jun 06, 2010
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