Lillian Strumski

June 29, 1924May 12, 2019

Lillian Strumski, 94, of East Hartford, Connecticut passed away peacefully on May 12, 2019. Lillian was born June 29, 1924 to Calogero and Calogera Lauria. She met the love of her life, Alben Strumski while working as a secretary at Pratt & Whitney. They were happily married for 61 years when Al passed away in 2012. Together they traveled across the country, raised a family and hosted unforgettable celebrations in their cherished home. Lillian worked as a secretary at East Hartford High School, where she was adored by students and faculty alike. Lillian was an avid Red Sox fan and a devoted member of St. Rose Catholic Church where she was an active member of the Women’s Guild. Lillian will be dearly missed by her daughter Gail Griffith and her husband Phil, her daughter Holly Wardrop and her husband Chris, as well as her beloved grandchildren: John, Teddy and P.J. Griffith and his wife Kelly, and Mitchell Wardrop as well as her dear nieces and nephews. Friends and family are invited to gather for a period of visitation on Thursday, May 16th, 8:30am-10am at Newkirk & Whitney/Benjamin J. Callahan Funeral Home, 318 Burnside Ave. East Hartford, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30am at St. Rose Catholic Church, 33 Church Street, East Hartford. Burial will conclude services in Silver Lane Cemetery, East Hartford. For more information or to leave online condolences, please visit In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Lillian‘s name to Masonicare Partners Home Health and Hospice, c/o The Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492 The family would like to extend a special thanks to Masonicare Hospice staff, Brookdale Senior Living staff, and her special angel care taker Janet who helped fill her last days with grace.


  • Calogero and Calogera Lauria, Parents
  • Alben J. Strumski, Husband
  • Gail Griffith and her husband Phil, Holly Wardrop and her husband Chris, Children
  • John, Teddy and P.J. Griffith and his wife Kelly, and Mitchell Wardrop, Grandchildren

  • Dan Battisti
  • Chris Wardrop
  • Phil Griffith
  • PJ Griffith
  • John Griffith
  • Ted Griffith


  • Calling Hours Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, May 16, 2019


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Holly Wardrop

May 19, 2019

Thank you everyone for your words of kindness and prayers. You have lifted us up during this journey. Let’s be at peace knowing mom is dancing the polka with dad. Love you beyond words ma. Xoxo

Nancy Patterson

May 16, 2019

Dear Holly, Chris, Mitchell, Gail and family,
All though I was unable to attend your Mom and grandmother’s service, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of
Lil was always so kind and generous when all the college gang came knocking. Celebrating all kinds of wonderful moments with us all and making us feel like family. It seems like yesterday yet an eternity.
May happy memories comfort you whenever you miss her.
Many Blessings, Nancy

Chuck & Joan Lauria

May 15, 2019

Gail,Holly and families,
We were saddened to here of Aunt Lil's passing. She was a wonderful lady and I will remember the times she hosted us for the holidays.When someone you love becomes a memory ,the memory becomes a treasure.Our heartfelt sympathies.
Chuck& Joan Lauria

Gail Griffith

May 15, 2019

Thank you to all who have supported Mom and our family in any way during this time in our lives. She is a cherished lady - forever in our thoughts and prayers as are all of you. God bless.