Lillian Powers
1927 - 2021
Fred C. Dames Funeral Home and Crematory
3200 Black at Essington Roads
Joliet, IL
Lillian Powers

(nee Kut)

Lillian Powers, (nee Kut), age 93, of Joliet, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home, with her loving family by her side.

Born February 25, 1927, in Harvey, IL, she was the daughter of John and Wanda (nee Socha) Kut, and was a graduate of Thornton Township High School.

She married the love of her life, William E. Powers, and they enjoyed 57 years of marriage until his passing April 29, 2008. Her parents and eight brothers and sisters, Stan, Joseph, Ted, Walter, Veronica, Mary, Jeanette and Josephine also preceded her in death.

Lill was a homemaker who loved to cook and bake. You could not visit her home without begging to leave because you just could not eat anything else. Her sandwiches, homemade soups, spaghetti and meatballs should have been sold worldwide.

She was an active member of St. Raymond's Cathedral parish as President of Mothers Club for multiple years. She had many friends and loved to spend time with them including at VFW fish frys and at her Rivals bowling league. Many neighbors became lifelong friends. Her holiday parties and St. Patrick's Day parties were legendary. She was a volunteer at St. Patrick's retirement home as well as St. Joseph's Hospital. She loved Martha Stewart and in her later years Dr. Phil. (She referred to Martha Stewart as her friend, "Martha".) She loved cheering for the Bears and the Illini football teams, bursting with, "Go, go, go..." at the TV.

Her peace was her quiet time reading at the end of each day. She was an amazing mother, grandma and friend. She was a defender of the people she loved and example of a proper lady for her granddaughters.

Lillian is survived by her children, Jeffrey (Patricia) Powers of Plymouth, WI, Lisa Powers of California, and Gary (Marnie) Powers of Shorewood; her grandchildren; Sarah and Niccole Powers, Alise Jonville, and Morgan and Abby Powers; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Lillian Powers will be held Sunday, January 24, 2021 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Road, (at Essington Road), Joliet. Face masks will be required, social distancing will be practiced, and limitations on the number of persons in attendance will be in place.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, January 25, 2021 at 9:15 a.m. from the funeral home to the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Interment in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name to Joliet Area Community Hospice would be appreciated. We cannot say enough about how well the nurses and staff at Joliet Area Community Hospice treated Lill. What a blessing for the Joliet area.

For more information, please call 815-741-5500 or visit her Memorial Tribute at

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3200 Black at Essington Roads, Joliet, IL
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Lill ...the most wonderful person I have ever known and I will miss forever, she was like family to me. She was my best friend , I know we will meet again someday in Heaven. Lills famous words each day she would say “It is what it is, what it is” and “Let’s watch Dr .Phil and eat some chocolate “ and we did... all day!!!
Until we meet again my dear friend, you will remain in my heart forever, you taught me so very much ❤
susan Jurasz
January 22, 2021
So sorry about the loss of your mom. I remember going to your house in the morning on our way to school and your mom being very sweet. I will keep everyone in my thoughts and prayers!!
Kathleen Malloy
January 22, 2021
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