Lila Estelle Casella

November 2, 1934July 6, 2018
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CASELLA, Lila Estelle (Whigham), age 83 of Centerville went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 6, 2018 while being peacefully surrounded by those that she loved. Lila was born November 2, 1934 in Flat, Texas. Lila was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Helen Whigham, two brothers and four sisters. Lila moved to Dayton, Ohio as a teenager. She attended Kiser High School where she met the love of her life and high school sweetheart, Frank Casella. They were married in 1955. Lila will be sadly missed by her children, Mark and Mary Casella, Michael and Jennifer Casella, and Lynn and Steven Vaughn. Lila’s loving family were the joy of her life. Loved dearly by her ten grandchildren, Katherine and Woodrow Plunkett, Sarah and Jeffrey Fisher, Susan and Patrick Odell, Mary Grace and Patrick Sebring, Elizabeth and Phillip Weeda, Kristin and Gary Kaufman, David Casella, Jonathan Idle (deceased), Aaron Vaughn and Hannah Vaughn. Lila adored her 8 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and too many exceptional friends and family to mention. Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Tobias Funeral Home – Far Hills Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 3033 Far Hills Ave., Kettering. Burial at Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made The Society of St. Vincent DePaul or gestures of flowers are also welcome. Condolences may be sent to


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 10, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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Scott Wills

July 11, 2018

I'll never forget as a young boy, the excitement associated with "going to Aunt Lila's." So many loving cousins, aunts, uncles, and extended family were seemingly always there!! It was like celebrating Christmas any time Mom and Dad took us. Aunt Lila and Uncle Frank came with Mom on her last visit to Purdue, for the Ohio State game. Amazingly, Purdue won, much to the buckeyes' chagrin. I somehow knew it would be the last time we would stand together in our rented house on Lutz Street. Thank you for so many treasured memories!!

Christine Bickers-Egan

July 10, 2018

My deepest sympathy to Frank and the family in the passing of Lila. I met Lila through working on redecorating the house and offices. We became friends right off the bat. Lila was sweet, kind and funny--I could talk to her about anything. She will be truly missed and I was so fortunate to have known her.

Traci and Scott Wills

July 10, 2018

Scott and I love you all and are praying for you in this difficult time. Of course we know she's celebrating being with Jesus but that doesn't keep us all, here on earth, from missing her deeply. Being loved by Aunt Lila was something very special. A treasured memory for me was her welcome to me into your family. She was quick to praise the dish I brought for Thanksgiving, which calmed my nerves and made me feel special. I love and miss you all and wish we could be there for you now. Please hug one another for us, especially Uncle Frank. May God fill your minds with so many precious memories and loved ones that the pain is a little more bearable. Hugs Traci and Scott

Pat Barnard

July 8, 2018

Please accept my deepest sympathy in the passing of Lila. My thoughts and prayers are with Frank and Lila’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Pat Barnard (Mary Kraska’s daughter)

Giovanni Casella

July 8, 2018

We have come to know the sad news, the loss of the day
Dear Lila, we remember with great love.
Feel condolences. 🙏❤

Kimberli Lee

July 7, 2018

Aunt Lila was one of the most kind and caring women I've ever known. She loved her family so much, and we all felt her warm compassion. She was generous, practical, funny, and gracious. She loved to play with us children, all through the generations. Her sisters all loved her to the utmost. I loved her as an auntie, but admired her as a strong woman; one whose presence will be missed. But I know her spirit will live on in her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren for ages to come. Bless you Aunt Lila -- we love you so, and always will.
Kim, Cheyenne, and David Lee