Lucille Cassidy

  • Born: June 9, 1931
  • Died: February 13, 2013
  • Location: Saint Joseph, Michigan

Tribute & Message From The Family

Lucille Cassidy, 81, of St. Joseph, MI passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph with Pastor Glenn Rosenbaum officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at Riverview Cemetery. Friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hospice at Home or the Benton Harbor Public Library. Those wishing to share a memory of Lucille online may do so at

Lucille was born June 9, 1931 in St. Joseph, MI to Walter & Bessie (Saltzgiver) Owca. She graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1949. Lucille worked for the Benton Harbor Public Library as a Librarian for 46 years. In her spare time she enjoyed reading, caring for animals, and watching golf. She will be remembered by her family and all who knew her for her unstoppable optimism and the love that she shared with her family and friends.

Lucille is survived by her daughter LuAnn (William) Mashke of St. Joseph, son Paul (Mary) Sila of Goleta, CA and daughter Lori (Todd) Trickett of Berrien Springs; grandchildren Phillip Mashke, Julianne (Matt) Mast, Evan, Tyler, and Halie Sila, Chelsea and Stephanie Hummel. Lucille was preceded in death by her parents and brother Donald Owca.


Condolence & Memory Journal

To Lori, Chelsea, and Stephanie, and to all of Lucille's family, my sincerest condolences to you on the loss of your mom, your grandma. As for me, I am deeply saddened to hear of her passing, and cherishing the happy memories of the love and many kindnesses that Lucille showed to me over the years. May her gentle spirit live on in those she left behind.

Always ready to do her best,
With a heart so true and tender,
She devoted her life to those she loved,
And those she loved remember.

Posted by Joel Hummel - Saint Louis, MO   February 23, 2013

Hello Lori, Todd and to the rest of the family. I want say may God Bless you and give you the strength that you need to make it through this journey. For where ever you are God is and where ever God is you are. You are never alone some days may not be as bright as other but through the dark there always a light on the other side. Keep pressing on for I'm sure this is what she would want. She looked as if she was smiling and knowly she smiling on you. God Bless

Posted by Ruthie Davis - Benton Harbor, MI - Friend   February 17, 2013

I am deeply saddened by your mother's passing. I remember all the good times, big parties and the farm. She is gone but will never be forgotten.

John & Sheila Sila and family

Posted by JOHN AND SHEILA SILA FAMILY - COLOMA, MI - COUSIN   February 16, 2013

LuAnn: I am saddened to read of your mother's passing. As much time as I spent around the library as I grew up, she played a big part in shaping my love of reading. She had such a lovely, calming way about her. May God continue to give you peace during these difficult days and weeks.

Posted by Ron Leuty - San Francisco, CA   February 16, 2013

Bill, LuAnn, Paul, Mary, Lori and all the grandchildren,

I am deeply saddened to hear of Luci's passing. She has been in my thoughts very often during all these years.

Posted by Tom Cassidy    February 15, 2013


LuAnn, Lori and girls, So So sorry to hear about Grandma Lu! I know Lindsey wanted to be there for you, but is in Detroit this weekend - and I am also out of town - at Shane's in GR! Both kids were saddened to hear of Grandma's passing and remarked at what a BIG part of their childhood memories she was! Stay strong for each other, and know that we are thinking of all of you right now.

Posted by Julie Ridenour - Saint Joseph, MI - Neighbor   February 15, 2013

I was very sad to hear about Lucille Cassidy. She will be greatly missed by the Benton Harbor Library staff. She was a very pleasant person to work with and had such a beautiful smile.

We will always remember her sweet spirit and her unforgettable smile whenever you came in contact with her. Had respect for everyone she came in contact with.

So sadden, SAH

Posted by Sharon A. Holloway - Benton Harbor, MI - co-worker   February 15, 2013


I met Lu six years ago, when I started working for the Benton Harbor Public Library. She is a fun person to be around. Always kept you laughing. She will be truly missed.

Posted by Yvette Moore - Benton Harbor, MI - co-worker   February 15, 2013

Lou Ann , Paul and Lori:
I am so sorry for your loss , I loved and respected your mom. I cannot tell all the fond memories I had when I was young with your mom and dad. ( before all of you came along )
WE will not be able to attend the church service as we are STUCK down here in Alabama for the winter months.
You are in Cat's and mine prayers
Love you all
Ron and Cat Kapuga

Posted by Ron & Cathy Kapuga - Jackson, MI - cousin   February 15, 2013

Dear Lou Ann, Paul, & Lori - I'm so shocked. Your Mother & I were friends for many years & a long time ago. She was wounderful. I have so many good memories of her. She's my age. We both went through a lot together. We painted a bedroom once at her house. We picked cherries, we had our babies pretty close together. She was always there for me when I lost my Dad. What a good friend - & even thoe we didn't get together these last years, I'll miss her not being a phone call away.

I'm so sad for you kids, you're strong & you must remember the happy memories. I know - I will.

God Bless You,
Love & Blessings

Posted by Dee (Delores) Schrag - St. Joseph, MI - friend   February 14, 2013