Lillian Martel (nee Kaufman), 96, was born July 22, 1923, and passed away Jan. 11, 2020.

Lillian was born in Cleveland to Morris and Rebecca Kaufman who emigrated from Russia. She grew up in Cleveland Heights and graduated from Cleveland Heights High School before attending college. She worked many years as a bookkeeper and secretary in a Cleveland credit union office.

Lillian was a devoted wife and homemaker, mother and grandmother. She considered herself a homebody, preferring to entertain at home rather than going out. Sid and Lil were the classic "opposite attracts" couple and complimented each other beautifully for all 70 years.

Lillian was very fashion conscious. Whether she was going out or just came to dinner, she was sure to look beautiful.

Beloved wife of Sidney for more than 71 years; devoted mother of Laurie (Jeff) Hyer of Sheffield Village and Jeff (Judy) Martel of Maplewood, N.J.; loving grandmother of three: Rachel, Erin and Joseph Martel; dear sister of Irving and Sidney Kaufman (both deceased).

Graveside funeral services were held Jan. 14 at Mount Olive Cemetery in Solon.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Lillian’s memory may be made to the charity of choice.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel. 216-932-7900.