Lillian S. Lewis


Lewis, Lillian S., 97, died peacefully on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the Fall River Jewish Home. She was the beloved wife of the late Benjamin Lewis.  Together, Lil and Ben enjoyed 50 years of marriage.  Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Hyman and Ida (Resnick) Shushansky, she had recently moved to Fall River, previously living in Warwick, South Kingstown and Providence. Lillian served as administrative assistant to the executive director of the Jewish Community Center, followed by secretary to the rabbi at Temple Emanu-El for 20 years. After retiring in 1983, she worked part-time for 8 years at Brown University. She was a member of Hadassah and the Cranston Senior Guild and its Board, former member of the Board of Directors of the JCC and president of its Parents’ Association.   Devoted mother of Martin (Alice) Lewis of Spencer, MA, Helene (Brian) Goldstein of Wakefield, and the late Joyce (Alan) Tobkes of Jericho, NY.  Dear sister of Charlotte Gorodetsky of Boca Raton, FL. Loving grandmother of David Lewis, Mark (Erin) Lewis, Michael Tobkes, Karen (Cory) Lanker, Rabbi Avi (Tzippy) Goldstein, Benjamin Goldstein and Ilana Goldstein.  Cherished great- grandmother of Norah, Ethan, Bayla, Yossi and Rachel Joyce. Funeral services will be held SUNDAY at 10:30 a.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Chabad URI, 2900 Kingstown Rd. Apt. 411, Kingston, RI 02881.  Shiva will be observed at 53 Bittersweet Lane, Wakefield on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.


  1. Michele Amateau
    Feb 5, 2019

    Our hearts go out to you all as you grieve the passing of our beautiful Lillian. She was a natural leader and matriarch, and very much the center of our mother Ann’s whole family. She was adored by us all and admired for her sharp wit, intelligence, and her commitment to family and community.

    Michele & Don, Zazu, Cara & Rob, Judy & Arye, Eran & Katie, and Lela & Russell

    • Helene Goldstein
      Feb 6, 2019

      Thank you ALL for your loving tribute. Your mother and mine were part of a special group of women, strong, intelligent and determined, among so many strengths, and it is hard to let each one go in their own time. We sense the end of an era! And it was a privilege to have them in our lives. In their honor we must stay connected through the generations. Love you all. Helene and family

      • Michele Amateau
        Feb 17, 2019

        Dearest Helene,
        I wish our grandchildren would have had our mothers to grow up with as our kids did.
        I love you,

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