Lillian A. (Hall) Diehl, of Danvers, MA, formerly of Winchendon, passed away peacefully on May 20th with her family at her side. She was the devoted wife of the late Ralph G. Diehl Jr. Born in Winchendon, MA on May 16, 1927, Lillian was the daughter of the late Thera M. (Goddard) Hall and Everett W. Hall. She had just celebrated her 96th birthday.
Lillian was a 1945 graduate of Murdock High School in Winchendon. She graduated from New England School of Art in Boston in 1948. Following graduation, she worked as a commercial artist with Vincent Edwards of Boston and General Electric of Schenectady, NY. A homemaker for many years, Lillian raised 5 children and later worked for over 25 years at Hotwatt Inc. of Danvers.
She was a longtime member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Lillian was always busy. If not painting or wallpapering, she would enjoy reading history books – the U.S. Civil War of particular interest. She loved jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles, but a popular activity was always a cup of tea with family, where a laugh and a story would go along with her always sound advice. She had a special place in her heart for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her refrigerator was covered with photos of all the kids.
She is survived by her children, Ralph G. Diehl III and his wife Sandra of Winchendon; Amy E. VanRite and her husband Robert of Bowie, MD; Martha J. Driscoll and her husband James of Danvers, MA; two daughters in law, Cynthia Diehl of Sandwich, NH and Cheri Diehl of Vernal, Utah; and her sister in law, Yvonne Harrington of Winchendon. She also leaves 14 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two sons, Anton B. Diehl and Stephen R. Diehl.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 27, 2023 at 12 Noon in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon. A calling hour will precede the funeral Saturday from 11 AM to Noon.
Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Winchendon.
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Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor, Melissa Mcquaid and Douglas M. Stone, directors