Lillian Grimbilas

Obituary of Lillian Grimbilas

Lillian J. Grimbilas, 94, a lifelong resident of Pequannock Township, died at home Sunday, May 6, 2018 in the care of her family.

Born in Newark, Lillian was the daughter of Joseph and Margaret Walter. Moving to Pequannock as an infant, she enjoyed being raised in the quiet town along with her siblings, Joseph, Mary and Barbara.

At a dance hall in Pequannock, she was introduced to John Grimbilas (at the same time her sister, Mary, was introduced to his best friend). Both couples quickly fell in love, and both would eventually marry. For Lillian and John, their adventure began when they wed in 1943. Living briefly in West Orange, they settled in Pequannock after John's service with the Army Air Force during World War II. Together, John and Lillian raised four children.

Lillian was always an active resident of Pequannock Township; she participated in the Chilton Bowling League for years, was a parishioner of Our Lady of Good Counsel, and played golf in the town league. In her later years, she loved taking advantage of the township's bus rides to Atlantic City, where she would visit the casinos with her many friends (her longtime nickname was "Bingo Lil"). She also loved to play cards with those friends, and would visit with them weekly.

As a great lover of the game of golf, Lillian was an active member of the Upper Montclair Country Club, as well as the Hobe Sound Golf Club in Florida, where she and John would spend their winters.

Lillian loved to travel with her family, especially to Aruba, where her family guesses she visited more than 30 times. Trips to North Carolina's Holden Beach, the Keys, and cruises are also fondly remembered.

Lillian is lovingly survived by her children, Peter and his wife Lynn, Robert and his wife Maryrose, Kenneth and his wife Nancy, and Marilyn Morgan and her husband Bruce; her sister, Mary Bray; her grandchildren, Lauren Mariconda, William DeMio, Lisa Lazarski, Robyn Elmini, John Grimbilas, Hayden Grimbilas, Allyssa Tzavlakis, Whitney Zeppetelli, Jacqueline Vande Vrede, Margaret Morgan, and Brendan Morgan; as well as 14 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, John, as well as her grandchildren, Jennifer Casey, Timothy Grimbilas, and Daniel Morgan, and her siblings, Joseph Walter and Barbara Gegenheimer.

Visiting hours will be Wednesday from 4-8 pm at the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be held 10 am Thursday at Our Lady of Good Counsel RC Church, Pompton Plains. Interment will follow at the First Reformed Church Cemetery, Pompton Plains

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lillian's memory to the Chilton Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated.