FALL RIVER, MASS. – Lillian S. Lewis died on Jan. 31 at the Fall River Jewish Home. She was the beloved wife of the late Benjamin Lewis. Together, Lil and Ben enjoyed 50 years of marriage. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Hyman and Ida (Resnick) Shushansky, she had recently moved to Fall River, previously living in Warwick, South Kingstown and Providence.
Lillian served as administrative assistant to the executive director of the Jewish Community Center, followed by secretary to the rabbi at Temple Emanu-El for 20 years. After retiring in 1983, she worked part-time for eight years at Brown University. She was a member of Hadassah and the Cranston Senior Guild and its board, former member of the board of directors of the JCC and president of its Parents’ Association.
She was the devoted mother of Martin (Alice) Lewis of Spencer, Massachusetts, Helene (Brian) Goldstein of Wakefield, and the late Joyce (Alan) Tobkes of Jericho, New York. She was the sister of Charlotte Gorodetsky of Boca Raton, Florida, and the loving grandmother of David Lewis, Mark (Erin) Lewis, Michael Tobkes, Karen (Cory) Lanker, Rabbi Avi (Tzippy) Goldstein, Benjamin Goldstein and Ilana Goldstein. She was the great-grandmother of Norah, Ethan, Bayla, Yossi and Rachel Joyce.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Chabad URI, 2900 Kingstown Road, Apt. 411, Kingston, RI 02881.