Lilli R Senuta

August  14th, 1935 March  3rd, 2024
Ledyard, CT
Lilli R Senuta


Lilli R. Senuta of Ledyard, CT and Mesa, AZ, passed away in Mesa on March 3, 2024 at the age of 88, after a brief pneumonia illness complicated by COPD.  At her passing, she was surrounded by her husband Thomas, sons Hans and Thomas, Jr. and daughter-in-law Michelle.

Lilli was born in Fredrichsdorf, Besarabia, Romania to Imanuel and Pauline Rath.  One of four children, she grew up during WWII. When she was 5 years old, her family lived in a German colony in Romania.  They were forced to leave their home due to invading Russians who took their house, farm and cattle.   Her mother took her four children to Poland using a horse and wagon.  Her father was drafted into the German army in WWII.  He was wounded in Italy and became an American POW.  From Poland, they went to war-torn Germany settling in Bernhausen near Stuttgart.

A single mother in 1959, Lilli met an American soldier, Thomas Senuta, whom she married in 1962 in Bernhausen Germany. They were married for 62 years.  In late 1962, she and her husband came to the United States with her young son, Hans and then welcomed another son Thomas Jr.  They lived in Norwich, CT for a few years until 1970 when they bought a new house in Ledyard, CT where they have lived for 54 years.  In 1965, Lilli and her son became American citizens.

Lilli went to school in Germany and then later to a sewing and tailoring school in Stuttgart, Germany, where she became a master seamstress.

She was employed by John Meyer of Norwich, CT for over 23 years where she began as a sewer and went on to become the Quality Control manager. She loved her job at John Meyer and all the people who worked with her loved her.

For many years, she not only served as President, but also sat on the Board of Directors of the German Cultural Society.

Lilli was a talented artist.  She created several beautiful paintings that are displayed throughout her home. She was also an artist in the garden.  Gardening was one of her passions.  She enjoyed digging in the earth and every spring, summer and fall she would plant flowers while also maintaining a large vegetable garden.  She loved her home and her yard was her pride and joy.

She loved watching all the different birds in her yard. Cardinals were her favorite and there were always humming birds zipping around.

One of Lilli's happy places was at the family cabin in Vermont, where she could relax and enjoy nature.

Lilli also enjoyed going clamming with her kayak in Rhode Island. She loved seafood and lobster was one of her favorite dishes. And as everyone knows, martinis were her favorite cocktail!

Lilli loved card games like Hand and Foot and board games like Scrabble which was her favorite. She and her husband also played team bocce ball while wintering in Arizona.

Lilli also loved to travel back to Germany to be with family and old friends.

Lilli was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, two brothers, her son Rolfe and grandson Benjamin Senuta.

She leaves behind her husband Thomas, daughter Elke in Germany, son Hans and his wife Michelle, son Thomas Jr. and his wife April, brother-in-law Bill and sister-in-law Sharon.  She was also Oma to 5 grandsons, 2 granddaughters and 6 great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be from 1:00-4:00 on August 17, 2024, at Valentino's Restaurant, 725 Colonel Ledyard Hwy, Ledyard CT.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or a charity of your choice.

Lilli was a beautiful person.  We know you are in heaven in God's loving arms.  We miss you.  May you rest in peace.


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June 25, 2024
Lilli's Celebration of Life
August 17th 1 to 4 pm
Valentine's Restaurant
725 Colonel Ledyard Highway
Ledyard, CT
April Senuta
April 22, 2024
So sorry for your loss. I did not know Lilli, but she sounded like a wonderful person and had quite an interesting life and was loved by all. Rozann
rozann valenti
April 22, 2024
Sending lots of prayers to the entire family. For years I have cut Lily and Tom’s hair and think of them as family Lily will truly be missed and never forgotten 🥰🙏♥️
Jamie Lynn Daniels
April 13, 2024
Tom, so sorry to read about Lillis passing. Time gets away from us, seems like just a few years ago you guys were giving me the next commission. My best to you and the family.
David Meiklem
April 7, 2024

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Theresa Codding
April 7, 2024
Karla and I send our sincere condolences. I read her obituary out loud to Karla. Respectfully, what a “Hoot” we are remiss for not taking the time to know her. Our loss. We will both understand and know Hans a little better because of her. Please keep us informed about her upcoming celebration of life
April 6, 2024
My deepest condolences to the Senuta family. My mom worked with Lilli for many years at John Meyer and they became very dear friends. I, along with my sister, Susan, also worked at John Meyer and had met Lilli there. She was an amazing and kind woman. May she rest in peace.
Raymond Baribeault
April 5, 2024
My mom Doris and I worked with Lilli at John Meyers. She was such a sweet lady and a hot ticket. Always so kind. My deepest condolences to the entire family.
Sue Raymond
April 5, 2024
So very sorry on Lilli's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Tom and your family.
irene l wirhol
April 1, 2024
The first time I met Lilli, while playing Hand and Foot at Mesa Regal, I knew there was something very special about this vibrant lady. After reading about her I now understand what an absolutely wonderful lady God has blessed us all to have had the opportunity to meet. I am sooo happy I had just a little time to have shared time with her. What a woman (lady) she truly was! God bless her family......
Barb Glapa, Mesa Regal
March 30, 2024
Lilli my friend you will be missed. Every time I think of you I will smile .
Pat Rodman Morey
March 28, 2024
Missing you everyday Ma. Not just my mother-in-law, but my teacher, my friend, and my wine drinking buddy. You always made me feel special and you understood things no one else did. I will always remember our times together, the good ones, and the bad. Your light will live on in all of us. Hug my Benny for me.
April Senuta
March 28, 2024
Rest in peace my beautiful mother-in-law. Thank you for your kindness, your patience, your willingness to share recipes and for welcoming me into your family. Thankful for so many memories! I'm going to miss my Scrabble buddy.
Michelle Mack
March 26, 2024
The most beautiful person I ever met
Always kind and loving. A friend to all.
I loved her like a sister. Rest in peace, you earned it. 🙏
Sharon Senuta
March 26, 2024
One of the most beautiful person I've ever met. Love and peace to you,till we meet again.
David Anderson

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