Joseph Frank Lilly (Joe), a 34 year resident of Mission Viejo, CA, passed away Wednesday morning, January 12, 2011 in Glendale, CA at Glendale Convalescent Hospital. Born in Sinaola, Mexico, Joe was 89 when he died. He attended Inglewood High School and Ventura College in California. Joe had served in the United States Air Force during WWII and trained as a pilot. He was a successful business owner for over 40 years selling waterless stainless steel cookware. His distributorship, located in Inglewood, CA won many awards competing with distributorships all over the U.S. Joe was also chosen as one of the first eight men to receive the prestigious Manager of the Year award from the Flavor-Seal Cookware Corporation headquartered in Chicago, IL. He was a resident of Inglewood for almost 50 years prior to moving to Mission Viejo, CA. Joe was a great athlete and loved all sports. He was also an avid golfer. Joe was a wonderful friend and he loved and adored his family. He will always be remembered for his big smile and the twinkle in his eye. Joe is survived by his son, Jody Lilly and his daughter, Dena O'Connor both of Redondo Beach, CA, his sisters, Josephine Mascola of Mission Viejo, CA, and Frances Guisness of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, as well as his grandsons, Scott Haas and Curt Haas of San Clemente, CA and R.J. Sorenson of Redondo Beach, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association (

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  1. I can’t remember Joe without a smile on his face and a friendly word (except when he was ribbing me). Knowing him has made us all better people. I’m glad I got to see him at Mike’s birthday party a few years ago and I’m truly sorry we’ve lost him.

  2. There was never a time that I saw Joe that he didn’t have a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. AND most importantly a great little joke. Til this day, I still have some great comments and quips I recite that I learned from Joe! It’s not thunder you hear the next time it rains, it’s Joe telling one of his great jokes and everyone in heaven is laughing! He’ll be missed!-Shawn

  3. Dena and family, What a handsome man!!Although we did not have the priveledge to meet your dear father we feel like we knew him through your memories and stories. He will live forever in your heart. We Love You oxoox Sincerely, Kristy,Jim,Jessica,Daniel and Nichole & Gregg oxoxox

  4. Dear Jody & Dena: I have many happy memories of times spent with both your Mother & Father at Inglewood High. They were so special. I still miss your Mother and now will miss Joe, with his contagious smile and kind ways to everyone. It must be of some comfort to you both knowing that they are together again. I send my sympathy to you and your families. Fondly, Frances Morgan

  5. Jody and Dena – I remember your home in Inglewood as being a very happy place! I remember your parents being so warm and welcoming and fun! Thanks for the memories! They whom we love and lose Are no longer where they were before They are now wherever we are. -St.John Chrysostom

  6. Jody & Dena- I can’t helping thinking of your Dad without smiling. When we would visit all the Lilly family in Inglewood. Uncle Joe and Aunt Queenie’s house was always the most fun. Of course, there was always the pool, but your parents personalities made spending time at their home a joy. As a kid, your Dad always made you feel noticed …. even it was for a quick tease. My children, Patrick, Phillip, & Kathleen have memories of Joe also. Almost seems strange, because they weren’t very old when they were around him, but I think that is a testament to him. Uncle Joe was memorable and dynamic. I remember Joe coming up to my brother Ed’s wedding in Washington with Fina and Frances. What a delightful threesome. They seemed to have so much fun together. His zest for life should be emulated by us all. Hope to cross paths soon, … my daughter Kathleen is living in Redondo Beach, and working in El Segundo. Next time I’m down for a visit lets connect. As Ever, Denise

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