Lila ShakerLila J. Shaker, 82, of Danbury, died on Thursday evening, February 6, 2014 at her residence.

She was born at 385 Main St., Danbury, May 4, 1931, daughter of Michael G. and Jenny (DeLuca) Shaker, Lila was lifelong resident of Danbury, attended St. Joseph School and graduated as an honor student from Danbury High School in the Class of 1949.

She joined the Barden Corporation in October 1949 and was hired for the Quality/Engineering Department as secretary, administrative assistant, Office Service Manager and Marketing Services Administrator. This started her lifetime at Barden retiring after fifty-three years in 2002.

Lila, while working at Barden, signed up for the Civil Defense Auxiliary Police Force School in 1950. Her main duty was traffic duty on Main and White Streets and later completed the pistol training course which entitled her to carry a .38 loaded pistol. During the floods of 55 and 56 she worked with Rescue teams doing traffic duty and rescue missions.

She worked for the Pinkerton Police at the Danbury Fair in the 70’s and 80’s.

More than a hobby, Lila painted with oils, pencil, charcoal and water colors. She has painted over 300 paintings and was a recipient of blue ribbon awards for her work.

She enjoyed in years past, playing softball, bowling and basketball and until the time of her passing, enjoyed gardening and traveling.

She has also written and published a book, “Growing up on Main Street”.

Lila was an active member of St. Ann’s Melkite Church and the Ladies Guild. She was a longtime active member of the Lebanon American Club Ladies Auxiliary and served as a past President. She has written for the Ladies Auxiliary newsletter keeping all of the members up to date on recent happenings and has written about the history of many aspects of the Lebanese American Community. Lila is a member of St. Anthony’s Ladies Guild. Lila helped write, edit and fact check a four part series of articles in the Tribuna newspaper which chronicled the history of the Lebanese and Syrian immigration to Danbury and the development of the community since the 1890s.

Lila was influential in sponsoring families from Lebanon to relocate to the United States and to the greater Danbury area.

She demonstrated her unquestionable commitment to helping others and contributing to the betterment of the community. Lila was honored by the Lebanon American Club in 2011 at the Annual Persons of the Year Award Dinner for her lifetime contributions toward the advancement and betterment of our community.

She will be sorely missed.

Lila is survived by her very special friend of forty years, Mary Ataya Bayoud; a sister, Barbara Archiere; a niece and three nephews.

In addition to her parents, Lila is predeceased by a sister, Jayne Shaker Holmes.

The Rite of Burial will take place on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. in St. Ann Melkite Catholic Church, 181 Clapboard Ridge Rd. (Rt 39N), Danbury with the Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Michael Skrocki officiating.

Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury.

Friends may call at St. Ann Melkite Church on Tuesday, February 11 after 9 AM.

Contributions in Lila’s memory may be made to St. Ann Melkite Church Building Fund or to the Lebanon American Club Scholarship Fund, 22 West St., Danbury 06810.

Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.

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