Lillian Magnuson Stitham

Published on Friday, 26 January 2018 17:43


Lillian (Magnuson) Stitham, 88, of Bristol, wife of the late Perley T. Stitham Jr., passed away Thursday, Jan, 25, 2018, at Apple Rehab of Plainville. Born in New Britain, she was a former New Britain and Unionville resident, moving to Bristol in 2001. A graduate of New Britain High School, class of 1947, Lillian was secretary-treasurer of Perlian Products in Unionville for 36 years, retiring in 1998. She also worked part time at Farmington Sand & Stone for seven years. She was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Forestville.

Surviving is a son, Daniel Stitham and his wife, Dawn, of Unionville; three daughters, Patricia Thomas and her husband, Gerald, of Farmington; Noreen Morrison and her husband, Chris, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Betty Burgess and her husband, Richard, of West Hartford; 10 grandchildren, Jonathan and Audrey Schomer, Heather Micklewright and her husband, Chris, Joshua Morrison and his wife, Jessica, Mark Shackford and his fiancée, Whitney, Nathan, Aaron, Christian, Ian and Aiden Thomas; five great-grandchildren, Nikolas, Zoey, Corin, Elias and Desmond; several nieces and nephews. Lillian was predeceased by two brothers, Ivar and Eric Magnuson and a sister, Nancy Halverson.

Funeral services are Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, 10 a.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 355 Camp St., Forestville. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Calling hours are Tuesday morning 9 to 10 a.m. at the church. Thinking over mom’s values and the ways she spent time, the four of us considered many worthy ways to honor her. She was a self-taught weaver and a woman who appreciated color and fabric. To learn, she borrowed weaving books from the New Britain Public Library. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Britain Public Library, 20 High St., New Britain, CT 06051. Carlson Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Please share a memory or note of sympathy at

Posted in New Britain Herald, on Friday, 26 January 2018 17:43. Updated: Friday, 26 January 2018 17:45.