DARTMOUTH, MASS. – Lillian Shwartz, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on April 18, 2023, at home. Lillian is survived by her three children, Steven (Elaine), Ken (June), and Janna Renzi (Mike), as well as six grandchildren, Ben, Becky, Jordan, Aly, Brady and Carly, and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Merrill, and her brothers Mel and Jack Levine.
Lillian's family is grateful for the love and care provided by her incredible caregiver and friend, Stella Ndibuuza, during the last chapter of her life.
Lillian lived a full and rewarding life, and she cherished time spent with her family and friends. She loved traveling with Merrill and their friends, playing bridge and playing golf. Lillian loved learning and was a proud graduate of Wellesley and Brown universities, where she earned her degrees with honors.
Lillian's greatest joy in life was caring for her family. She had a heart of gold and was always worrying about everything from whether her grandkids would be warm enough without a jacket to how the current economic situation was affecting her children's businesses. She always had drawers filled with games and toys ready to be enjoyed whenever the grandkids visited.
Her warmth and kindness extended far beyond her family as well, always wanting to help those in need. Lillian was an active volunteer in her community, serving on the boards of the Jewish Federation, Sisterhood, Hadassah, Professional Women's Club, National Council of Jewish Women and the Interfaith Council. She also served as the president of the League of Women Voters.
Lillian's warmth and kindness will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She will be remembered for her selflessness, generosity and devotion to her family and community.
Contributions may be made to Tifereth Israel Congregation, 145 Brownell Ave., New Bedford, MA 02740.