Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel

1985 South Taylor Road, Cleveland Heights, OH


Lillian Martel

July 22, 1923January 11, 2020

LILLIAN MARTEL (nee Kaufman), age 96, was born July 22, 1923 and passed away January 11, 2020.

Lillian was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Morris and Rebecca Kaufman who emigrated from Russia. She grew up in Cleveland Heights and graduated from Heights High School before attending business school. She worked as a bookkeeper and secretary in a Cleveland credit union office.

Lillian was a devoted wife and homemaker, mother and grandmother. She considered herself a homebody, preferring to entertain at home rather than going out. Sid and Lil were the classic “opposite attracts” couple and complimented each each other beautifully for all 70 years.

Lillian was very fashion conscious. Whether she was going out or just came to dinner, she was sure to always place her best foot forward.

Beloved wife of Sidney for over 70 years; devoted mother of Laurie (Jeff) Hyer of Sheffield Village, OH and Jeff (Judy) Martel of Maplewood, NJ; loving grandmother of three: Rachel, Erin and Joseph Martel; dear sister of Irving and Sidney Kaufman (both deceased).

Graveside funeral services will be held at Mt. Olive Cemetery, 27855 Aurora Rd., Solon, OH at on Tuesday, January 14 at 10 am.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Lillian's memory may be made to the charity of choice.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of BERKOWITZ-KUMIN-BOOKATZ MEMORIAL CHAPEL (216) 932-7900.


  • Graveside Funeral Services Tuesday, January 14, 2020


Lillian Martel

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