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Goble Funeral Home

22 Main Street, Sparta, NJ

OBITUARY

Lily Ann Repasch

December 10, 1935March 23, 2020

Lily Ann Repasch (nee LeVan), born on December 10, 1935, died peacefully March 23rd, 2020 at 84 years of age following a long battle with dementia.

Lily was born in Reading, PA and raised in Fountain Hill, Bethlehem, PA. She graduated from Fountain Hill High School, where to no surprise to those who knew her she was lauded for her amazing sense of humor and was voted most talkative. In 1964, she married Mike Repasch, and they eventually moved to Sparta, where they lived for almost 50 years and raised their four children.

Lily was witty, fun, and full of life. She loved to knit, sew, smoke (if only to annoy us sometimes), bake, watch The Big Bang Theory and complain about Sheldon, and most of all, spend time with her family. She loved cooking pork chops and scalloped potatoes, fried chicken, spaghetti, and her signature lasagna for her family, annual shore vacations in Wildwood, Christmas Eve mayhem on Oak Tree Lane, taking trips to 7-11 for Pepsi, Parliaments, and scratch-offs, and hanging with her beloved furry friends, especially her Siamese furry babies and her little orange tabby, Junior.

Lily held many positions in life which she loved, including working for Bell Telephone, as an upholsterer and seamstress, and as a Girl Scout Leader. Lily’s most memorable job was with Sparta Lanes, where she spent decades ruling over the Snack Bar, which she used as a launchpad to tease everyone, torture the owners, and bring mayhem and laughter to the bowlers and her coworkers, who she always considered family. She knew everybody and she loved to be around people, even children (even though she claimed they drove her crazy). Everyone loved to be with and around Lily.

Lily never had a lot of material things, nor did she want them, but what she had she shared generously with her family and friends. She was a deeply gifted knitter who knitted mittens, scarves, sweaters, blankets, and her signature Christmas stockings for family and friends. She was an unmatched baker of delicious cupcakes, pies, candy, donuts, and cakes. She was a talented seamstress who made school clothes, prom and wedding gowns, cat toys, dresses, shorts, elaborate Halloween costumes, and stuffed animals. She was a proud grandmother who gave up her personal time to be a patient (well, she tried) babysitter to her grandchildren. And in her last years, Lily was a caretaker for her husband Mike as he suffered through Alzheimer’s.

Lily leaves a legacy of often wildly inappropriate humor, kindness, generosity, and the ability to swear in ways heretofore unknown. She will be deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved her. She was predeceased by her husband Mike, her brother David, her son-in-law John Mooney, her daughter-in-law Donna Slate Repasch, and her niece Dawn LeVan Clark. She is survived by her children and their families, Dana Merville Mooney and her partner in crime, Andy Berardinelli, of Sparta, NJ, Dana’s children, Jessica and Mark Merville and Mike and Matt Mooney; Donna Griff and her husband Stan, of Byram, NJ, their son Jonny and daughter Megan and her partner against crime, Rob Tighe; her mini version, Lee Repasch of Denver, CO; and her son, Michael Repasch of Newton, NJ and his children Mikey and Donny. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Margaret Dales of North Carolina and Gail LeVan of Bethlehem, PA, her nieces and nephews and their families, and many friends who we all now consider family. She is also survived by her beloved cat and Siamese terror, Charlie Cat, who now resides in Denver, CO with Lee, where he is slowly driving her crazy, as Lily surely would have wanted.

A celebration of Lily’s life will be held once all threats of COVID-19 have passed. Watch for updates on the Goble Funeral Home of Sparta website or on our family’s Facebook pages.

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Denise Le Van-Rapp

March 27, 2020

She was fun to be around and always gave sound, honest advice. It is definitely the end of an era. I think of her and “Nan” often. Every Christmas when we hang our stockings and come across something she knitted or Nan crocheted it makes me smile. She lived a happy life and leaves us all with fond, loving memories.

Paula Schulz

March 26, 2020

I remember from Sparta lanes when I used to DJ there. She always we made me laugh

Laura Jullien

March 26, 2020

So here's one of so many memories. I was driving one afternoon, and apparently a wasp had gotten into my car. It landed on the very edge of my right ear, and of course stung me. It hurt so badly that every time it throbbed, my right eye involuntarily winked! I needed help. I called to see if Lil was home. She said, " Oh crap! You probably have a stinger still in. Come on over, I'll rip that sucker out!" I got there and she had a bandaid. She used the sticky part to rip it out. Then made fun of my winking eye. The news of her passing is crushing to me. I will always remember her with much love in my heart. ❤

Kelly Oliver

March 26, 2020

Lily you were always my buddy and always gave kisses.. you will be missed! I love ya!

DEBORAH MCMICKLEMAHER

March 26, 2020

my deepest sympathy to the family of Lily Repasch. I remember her working at the Sparta Lanes snack bar. She loved her bowling and I enjoyed bowling with her and listening to her laugh. she will be greatly missed but her name will carry on through our bowling league. It will remind us of how great she was.

Denise Woodard

March 25, 2020

My Sweet Little Lily, so many great memories, you made me laugh when I was having a rough day, and now I mourn your loss, as you are now a Sweet Angel in Heaven. You will always hold a Special Place in My Heart. Rest in the Sweetest Peace. I Love you.

Denise Woodard
Andover Sub-Acute & Rehab Center

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY