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Lillian May Poletti

February 11, 1932 — June 16, 2023

Hawthorne, NY

Lillian Poletti, 91, passed away on June 16, 2023, in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Born on February 11, 1932 in Cayey, Puerto Rico, Lillian moved to Greenwich Village, New York City as a young girl and graduated from Washington Irving High School, Manhattan, in 1949. She earned a trade degree in stenography and immediately began her career as a court stenographer in town and city courts throughout Westchester County. She ascended to the position of a New York State Supreme Court Reporter, a position that she held until her retirement in 1985.

Lillian married her beloved husband, Joseph Poletti, on December 21st, 1978 in Clarkstown, NY.

Lillian was best known for her love of music, movies, travel, her entrepreneurship and her fiercely dedicated love of her children and family.

She started a successful court reporting service in the 1960's. The descendant of that business remains today. She was a licensed pilot. She held season tickets to the New York City Metropolitan Opera. She owned a commercial travel agency. She travelled throughout her life, fulfilling her longest held travel goals in retirement, when she and Joseph traversed the continental United States, attended a mass given by the Pope, visited the Holy Land, walked the beach in Normandy, and toured China.

Lillian is preceded in death by Joseph Poletti, her father Elmer O'Dell, and her mother, Concepcion "Conchita" Negron O'Dell.

Lillian is survived by her daughter, Sharlynne Galati, her son, Wayne Nuessle, her stepdaughters, Deborah Smart, Candice Vann, Cheryl MacDonald and Geralyn Poletti, 17 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, one great-great- grandchild, and by her sisters Nellie Semeria and Evelyn Sawyer.

Memorial donations can be made in Lillian's name to Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

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