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March 10, 1922 - December 25, 2020

The family is planning a private graveside service at Maplewood Cemetery in Reading, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Association of University Women , c/o the funeral home.

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Passed away on Christmas Day, December 25, 2020. Lillian was born in Cleveland, OH, on March 10, 1922, the daughter of Alfred and Florence (Howe) Moeller. On March 11, 1944, she married Robert Cahow who preceded her in death on February 26, 2015. Lee loved the theatre and was instrumental in helping establish the Ledges Playhouse (a summer stock theatre) in Grand Ledge, MI, and in creating the Broadway Theatre League in Lansing, MI. In her Senior Will, in high school, she left her love of acting as well as her talents to Eleanor Parker, who was a year behind her. Eleanor Parker is perhaps best known for her role as the Baroness, in The Sound of Music. She traveled to New York City and London, England numerous times to see shows, taking her daughter, Bobalee, with her, and passing on her love of theatre to her. She worked for many years at Michigan State University as a Reader. She also worked at the MSU library in the reference department. She was very active in the American Association of University Women. Her love of reading led her to play a major role in each annual book sale that was sponsored by the organization.  She is survived her son, Richard (Anne) Cahow of Portage; daughter, Bobalee (Robert Hendricks) Rethard  of Richland; grandchildren, Meredith Holysz, Leanne Cahow, Casey (Rhian) Chapman, Kelly (Julia) Chapman, Tracy (Bree) Chapman, Wendy (Jared) VanderWeele; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She is also survived byn special students who became like children to her, Henry Sparapani, and Linda Stone. Besides her husband she was preceded in death by her parents.