Lilles M. Zobel, 94, passed away peacefully at home with her five children at her side on February 7, 2023 in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was born to Lester and Lillian Jager in Joliet, Illinois in 1928. Lilles led an exciting active life, always surrounded by her family. With her husband, her parents, aunts, sisters, children, grandchildren, and cousins, her life was inspired, living happily one gathering and celebration to the next throughout her journey. Lilles was a model, dance instructor, and business owner. She loved music and dancing was a passion her entire life. Her sense of humor and love of life was infectious. Her grace and beauty both inside and out were breathtaking.
In 1949, in Joliet, Lilles married George Zobel, a former Marine six years her senior. They were blessed to share just shy of 60 years together. They happily raised six children, Deborah E. Craig (John) of New Lenox, Illinois; Thomas L. Zobel (Cindy) of Joliet, Illinois; Timothy S. Zobel (Laura) of Apache Junction, Arizona; William E. Zobel of Phoenix, Arizona; Guy S. Zobel (Tami) of Phoenix, Arizona; and Michelle K. Zobel of Scottsdale, Arizona.
Lilles was proceeded in death by her husband George, her newborn son Georgie, her son William, her sister Doris, and her parents Lillian and Lester.
Lilles lived for, cherished and loved her six children and eighteen grandchildren: John, Carrie, Samantha, Kristen, Tim Jr., Tom Jr., Sarah, Amy, Gabriel, Chelsea, Mickey, Lily, Grace, Guy Jr., Mary, Jaclyn, Danielle, and Georgia, along with twenty-one great grandchildren.
The funeral mass will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2023, at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5025 E Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018 at 10:45 am. Service to follow at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona; 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85024 at 2:30 pm.