An Obituary: Lillian Elizabeth Grassi

August 28, 2023

Lillian Elizabeth Grassi (Havanich), 98, passed away on Aug. 15, 2023 from complications of dementia.

A longtime resident of Bedford, she lived in Oakland, California in her last years to be cared for by her daughter Gail and Gail’s partner, Renee Enteen.

Lillian was born on May 20, 1925 in Bridgeport Connecticut to a large and loving family. Lillian was known for her kind, thoughtful, and considerate nature. She was a good cook and a wonderful host.

Lillian is survived by her children, Gail Grassi, Donald Grassi, Jr., Guy Grassi, and by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald A. Grassi, and her siblings Stephen Havanich, Eugene Havens, Julia Havanich, and Evelyn Havanich.

Lillian attended Harding High in Bridgeport, Connecticut, for her high school education and  briefly attended the University of Connecticut (UCONN) after graduation.

Lillian Elizabeth Grassi (Havanich)

Throughout her life, Lillian dedicated herself to her family and home. She worked as a legal secretary before her marriage and later served as the secretary to the safety engineer at Ledgemont Laboratory in Lexington.

Lillian was an active member of her community. She had a passion for sewing and spent many years volunteering with her beloved “bear group.” They sewed clown puppets and small teddy bears for the children at Emerson Hospital.

A private ceremony will be held to celebrate Lillian’s life. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Goodwill or the Audubon Society in her memory.

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