Lillian M. Smolsky, 100, Auburn’s Oldest Resident

by | Jul 30, 2014

smolskyAUBURN-Lillian M. Smolsky, 100, Auburn’s oldest resident, and recipient of the Boston Post Cane, died Thursday in the Life Care Center after a period of declining health.

Ms. Smolsky was born in Worcester on July 20, 1914, to Edward and Helen (Dunsavich) Smolsky.

Lillian leaves a good friend, neighbor and care-taker, Pam Hill of Auburn. She is predeceased by her brother Albert J. Smolsky, and his wife Alice (Hynes) and sister Nellie Smolsky.

Lillian was a graduate of Commerce High School, and worked as a seamstress at Muir’s Laundry in Worcester for many years.  She has lived in her home in Auburn since 1950.

Ms. Smolsky received her Boston Post Cane at a ceremony at the Life Care Center on May 4, 2014. She received citations from area politicians and local dignitaries, including the

Lillian Smolsky flanked by dignitaries.

Lillian Smolsky flanked by dignitaries.

Auburn Board of Selectmen, State Representative Paul Frost, and State Senator Michael Moore. She was thrilled to receive the honors.

In her younger days Lillian and her sister Nellie were avid travelers. They travelled extensively throughout the United States.  She loved to garden and take care of plants. African Violets were her favorite. She loved to care for her family home which she resided in until very recently.

She was a longtime member of North American Martyrs Church, and previously attended Our Lady of Vilna.

She will be laid to rest privately in the Smolsky family lot in Notre-Dame Cemetery in Worcester.  A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

Please consider donations to the Life Care Center Residents Activities Fund, 14 Masonic Circle, Auburn, MA 01501.

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