Lillian Loretta Schutzman McConnell. 87 of Cedar Rapids passed away Thursday April 22, 2021 at her home. A private family service will be held at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. A livestream of the funeral service may be accessed on the funeral home website under the obituary for Lillian McConnell, under the video tab starting at 11:00 AM on Wednesday. Entombment at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. There will be a visitation from 10:00 to 11:00 AM on Wednesday at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories.
Following the continued guidance from health officials, physical distancing must be practiced which requires a limited number of people allowed into the visitation at one time. The use of facemasks or shields is required.
Survivors include two sons, Richard (Christine) McConnell and Ron (Angie) McConnell all of Cedar Rapids; a daughter Patricia (Dave) Cline of Norway, Iowa; a sister Marilyn Kennedy of Cedar Rapids and a good friend Betty Lou Lint. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren Christopher, Benjamin, Amber and Patrick McConnell, Theresa Smyth, Stacey Primasing, Sherel Mainer, and Ron and Alyson McConnell; 12 great grandchildren and a great great grandchild on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Von who passed in 2016, 5 brothers and one sister.
Lilly was born on February 19, 1934 in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Hiram and Elizabeth Rehmiller Schutzman. On January 15, 1952 she married Von McConnell at St. James Methodist Church on Ellis Blbd.in Cedar Rapids.
She worked at Wilson’s Food Packing Plant/Farmstead Food for 30 years and later at St. Luke’s Hospital for 9 years in the Housekeeping Department before retiring.
Lillian was a lover of animals. She had many pet dogs and cats throughout the years and enjoyed taking her golden retriever, Max, on daily walks to parks and around her neighborhood. She was also known as having a green thumb. On sunny warm days, she enjoyed being outdoors tending to her garden and doing yard work. She also enjoyed her morning coffee and pastries, Wednesday visits from her sister and phone conversations with her friend Betty.
She will forever be remembered as a loving and caring wife, Mother and grandmother whose memory will be cherished by all who knew. We Love You. Rest in peace.