April 3, 1924 - Sept. 22, 2008
SOUTH BEND - Lillian Toth Fahey, 84, passed away on September 22nd in Southfield Village. Lil was born April 3, 1924, in South Bend, to George and Elizabeth (Kovacs) Toth. Lillian was valedictorian of the first class at John Adams High School. After graduating from DePauw University where she was the first female editor of the student newspaper and a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, she worked at Robertson's Department Store writing copy in the advertising department. This avocation continued throughout her life; she was a freelance copywriter for New York and Chicago specialty retail stores and won numerous national jingle contests. On June 24, 1950, she married Frank J. Fahey at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. She was preceded in death in 1975 by Frank, a professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame. Surviving are three daughters and two son, Frank Fahey (Susan Linnell) of Elmhurst, IL, Sheila Clancy (Michael) of Sturgis, MI, Michael Fahey (Janet) of Mishawaka and Meg Fahey and Tess Fahey of South Bend. She is survived by her sister, Irene Rogenski. Mrs. Fahey was the mother of the late Christopher. Lil was grandmother to 10 grandchildren, James Seidler (Lori) of Chicago, IL, Nathan and Sara Seidler of South Bend, Christopher, Patrick and Sean Clancy of Sturgis, MI, Dylan and Gavin Fahey of Elmhurst, IL, Scott and Lauren Fahey of Mishawaka. Lil was an active member of the Ladies of Notre Dame, serving as an officer. She was on the board of directors of YMCA Camp Eberhart when the Klinger Hall was designed and built. In 1967 she organized the Sunday Mass at the camp - a summer tradition continuing to this day. She was the founder and director of the first Liturgical Fair at Little Flower Parish in South Bend. One of the joys of her life was the "Bridge Club," which met for more than 50 years. The members of the club were former residents of Vetville, converted prisoner-of-war barracks that served as Notre Dame married student housing after WWII. These lifelong friends included Bonnie McFadden, Clara Mitchell, Anita McCollister, Mary Prebys, Marge Chomyn, Virginia Black, Helene Helling, Helen Wostman and Margaret Wagner. Lil was an adventurous and questing spirit, taking her family throughout the entire U.S. and traveling throughout Asia and Europe. Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 29, in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the Notre Dame campus. Interment will be at Cedar Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the HICKEY Funeral Home, 17131 Cleveland Road, South Bend. Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Eberhart, 10481 Camp Eberhart Road, Three Rivers, MI 49093.