Bonnie Tesh Lillis, 71, lived in Bridgewater
Bonnie Dale Tesh Lillis, 71, of Bridgewater, died Nov. 10, 2012, at home. She was the wife of the late William R. Lillis.
Mrs. Lillis was born July 21, 1941, in Winston Salem, N.C., daughter of the Late John F. and Mildred (Bunny) Tesh.
She retired in 1996 from the State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation.
Mrs. Lillis was a Sunday School teacher on Long Island, N.Y., and in Connecticut for 10 years.
In her retirement, she was the caretaker of many children in Bridgewater and Roxbury, which was her first love.
She was also foster care mom for newborns. She enjoyed making quilts, writing poetry, and being busy all the time.
In addition to caring for children, Mrs. Lillis' other passion was being an EMT for the Bridgewater Ambulance. She always felt it was important to volunteer in one's community.
Mrs. Lillis is survived by her brother, John Tesh Jr., and his wife, Connie Sellecca, and their daughter, Prima, of California; her sister, Mary Ellen Grabski, of California; her children, Eric Soetbeer, and his wife, Karen, Jody Zacaroli, and her husband, Clark, David Soetbeer, James Lillis, and his wife, Robin; a stepson, Robert Lillis, and his wife, Dina; and nine grandchildren, Alexi, Holly, Ally, Mason, Cory, Leah, Calem, William and Michael.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. at the Bridgewater Congregational Church on Clapboard Road in Bridgewater. Burial will follow at Bridgewater Center Cemetery.
Friends may call Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bridgewater Ambulance, P.O. Box 9, Bridgewater, CT 06752.