Lillian M. Donahue Lekas, age 89, of Hamden, passed away peacefully on November 20, 2013 following a long illness. Born in New Haven on May 3, 1924 a daughter of the late John and Margaret Hyland Donahue. She was the widow of Valantas M. Lekas. Lillian is survived by her four daughters, Valerie Lekas of Hamden, Patricia Hinchliff and husband, Peter, of Hamden, Margaret Schoen and fiance, Ken Huminski, of Madison and Eileen Loewenbaum and husband, Fred, of Branford; seven grandchildren, Allison Rosenberg (Gabe), Katherine Schoen, Scott Hinchliff, Adam Loewenbaum, Stephanie Barrett (Michael),Colleen Gala (Amar) and Megan Porto (George); six adored great- grandchildren, Lily, William, Thomas, Juliana, Aria and Mitchell; her loving sister, Laurie Robinson of Hamden and several nieces and a nephew. She was predeceased by her brother, Edward Donahue. Lillian was devoted to her family and cherished every member. Lillian worked 24 years for the Hamden Public Schools, she retired in 1986. Friends may visit with her family on Monday, November 25th, at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stephen's Church at 11:00 a.m. Internment will be in Montowese Cemetery in North Haven. Donations in Lillian's memory may be made to the charity of one's choice.

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  1. Dear Patty, I am writing here to let you know how sorry I am to be reading of your Mom’s passing. I only recently began reading this .Hamden Patch. and am in the process of catching up on much news. Again, please accept my condolences on the passing of your Mom. Bobbsie Hertz Rifkin

  2. Val, Patti, Peggy and Eileen Sending My Heartfelt Care & Hugs to ALL of You during passing of Your Dear Mother, Lillian. When I heard about your Mother’s passing, I felt an overwhelming sorrow, as your Mother was so lovingly kind to me throughout my childhood years. Lillian meant so much to me and I always appreciated her kind ways. Surely her lovingly caring ways will carry on through all of You! Know,even though I am not present at her life Celebration, My spirit is with all of You. Thinking of you with Prayers, God Comfort You and Be of Strength together during the Loss of a Beloved Mother. Love and Care Linda Savenelli and Family (my mother Justine sends her heartfelt sympathy &care to all of you)

  3. Vale so sorry to see this! hope you are doing well! enjoy every day! how appropriate that she is being buried on the 25th! think of you often! judy gill petrillo

  4. Valerie, Gail and I were so sorry to hear about your Mother’s passing. We know how close you were and how lovingly you cared for her in her final days. Know that we are thinking of you and wishing you strength during this sad time. Ruby & Gail Ruby Melton, West Haven

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