Lillian Bellow (92), passed away on Aug. 2, 2019 in Woodruff.  She was born October 13, 1926 in Bellwood, Ill., to Albert and Helena Batko, as the youngest of nine siblings (Stella, Tony, Blanche, Frank, Mary, John, Rose, Joseph). After graduating from Proviso East High School in Maywood, Ill., she worked for the Air Force during World War II, followed by Bowl of Beauty in Melrose Park, Ill.

She married the love of her life (Clarence) in May 1946. They shared a full and active life together; camping, fishing, dancing, and seeing the country with their friends, children and grandchildren. They retired to Wisconsin in 1987, where they enjoyed years on the lake before moving into town.

Lillian loved tending to her flowers, listening to books, waking up early and greeting everyone with a cheerful “good morning.” She was always a very social and positive person and never let her low vision stop her from excelling at all sorts of activities including bowling & basketball. She was an avid baker, famous for her cookies and cheesecake. She loved her coffee and had a bit of a sweet tooth; with a piece of chocolate always within close reach.

She was actively involved in many organizations throughout her life including: Red Hats, Lakeland Senior Center, Visually Impaired Persons, and Bellwood Family Campers.

She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence and son-in-law Michael Zarzycki.

She is survived by her three children: Dennis (Debbie Wozniak) Bellow, Peggy Zarzycki, Carol (John) Saraceno; six grandchildren: Marni (Scott) Chiero, Michael (Dana) Zarzycki, Dana (Casey) Franklin, Marc Zarzycki, John Saraceno, Jr., Danielle Saraceno; and three great grandchildren: Michael Thomas Zarzycki, Francesca and Riley Chiero; as well as close friends: Kyle Timmons and Jeanne Ericksen, as well as many other neighbors and friends who have helped her throughout the years.

The love she gave was matched only by the love she received from all who knew her.  Her kind heart and warm smile will live on through all that knew her. 

Please call Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation Services at 715-439-4100 or go to www.nimsgernfuneral. com for complete visitation and service times.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually impaired, or Wisconsin Lions Camp, which Lillian attended for the past 24 years as part of a visually impaired persons program.

Online condolences may be shared at www.nimsgernfuneral.com. Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation Services is serving the family.