It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Lillian Knecht McCarthy of Sandy Springs on Sept. 20, just five months shy of her 100th birthday. She suffered a stroke Sept. 5. Preceding her in death; husband Howard Francis McCarthy (West Palm Beach) and daughter, Susie McCarthy Merriam (Clearwater) and all of her siblings.
Lillian is survived by her daughter, Kristi Posvar Loverde of West Palm Beach and Sandy Springs and her beloved son- in -law Albert Loverde who created a special place in his heart for her, for which her entire family is so grateful; grandchild, Scott and wife Kathy (Halsell) Posvar and their sons Dean and Jacob of Dunwoody. Additional survivors are daughter Linda Benn, her children Alexandria Benn Cobb and Christine Benn of Syracuse, N.Y., son John McCarthy of West Palm Beach and special niece Marti Chadwick Eggers of Rochester, N.Y, and many nieces and nephews.
Lillian was born in a taxi cab in Syracuse, N.Y. Her parents emigrated to this country from Hinwil, Switzerland. They brought silk worms with them and started a very successful silk fabric manufacturing company (Onondaga Silk Mill) located in Syracuse and Patterson, N.J.
Kristi remembers skiing on her parent’s long wooden skis with bear trap bindings and leather boots at local golf courses and credits her lifelong love of skiing to her parents’ passion and living in snowy Syracuse.
Lillian and Mac ran a Five and Dime in numerous locations throughout the country first for large companies; ie: H.L. Green, Syracuse, NY, Rome, NY, Mystic, Ct. and Washington, D.C, then stores he owned in Piney Point, Maryland, Syracuse (Ben Franklin) and Groton, N.Y.
They retired in 1980 to Clearwater, Fla., living at Top of the World where they participated in everything that was offered: golf, swimming, dances. They made many good friends there.
Her family wishes to thank those caregivers who helped over the past several years, we know in our heart that she lived a longer and much healthier life because she was cared for at home until January 2018.
A celebration of her life will be conducted Oct. 6 at the home of Kristi and Al Loverde. Her ashes will join those of her husband’s on the ski slopes of Beaver Creek, Colo., and a few other places of special meaning.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests you send someone you love flowers today…. “Dead people receive more flowers than the living, because regret is stronger than gratitude!”