Bessie "Yia Yia" Stillwell

November 29, 1929March 1, 2018

Bessie Stillwell, (our Yia Yia), 88, of Lakewood passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on March 1, 2018 at Leisure Park Assisted Living Facility in Lakewood, NJ. Bessie was born in Newark, NJ and moved to Lakewood when she married George Stillwell in 1949. She is survived by her two sons, Michael Stillwell and his wife Cathy of Lakewood and John Stillwell and his wife Laurie of South Carolina, seven grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She was very involved in Paul Kimball Hospital as an auxiliary member for many years and was at one time the president of the Lakewood Unit. She was a member of the Turtle Bay Golf Club of West Palm Beach, FL. She was a member of the St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church of Toms River, NJ. Mrs. Stillwell was a true lover of animals, big and small. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 2-6PM at the D'Elia Funeral Home 1300 Vermont Ave. Lakewood, NJ 08701. Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 6PM at the funeral home. Cremation will be held privately. In lieu of flowers please make donation's in Bessie's memory to St. Jude's Children, Northern Ocean County Animal Facility in Jackson, NJ or Paralyzed Veteran's of America.


  • Frieda Macris, mother


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Bessie "Yia Yia" Stillwell

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Joseph Rendzia

March 3, 2018

We will miss you Yia Yia,your smile and your laugh always made me feel good.We will think of you always