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Lillian Rose Budz
(November 20, 1916 - February 13, 2014)

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Lillian Rose Budz

Lillian Gaenzle Budz died at her home on February 13, 2014 supported by her daughters Diane Budz of Williamstown and Carol (Budz) Blanchard of Austin, Tx. She had been suffering from congestive heart failure for several years though that did not stop her from preparing Christmas dinner for her family in December or renewing her driver’s license in November. Lillian was unstoppably nurturing at home and throughout her professional career. While her professional and community achievements were publicly recognized, it was within her own family and home where she will be most missed and treasured for her strength, support and love. Lillian generously encouraged us, served up family feasts, warmly welcomed her guests, delighted in keeping a secure home and in later years her interests turned to gardening and landscaping. Her character was formed by a strong sense of duty, honesty, and loyalty to those she loved.


She was born in 1916 in Lancaster, Pa one of 6 girls to Elsie Leeking Gaenzle and George Frederick Gaenzle. Upon the early death of her father, Lillian honed her business skills to gain employment at Armstrong Cork Company in Lancaster, then to Standard Oil of California in San Francisco and later to Standard Oil of New Jersey. She married John Richard Budz in 1943 in Amarillo, Tx then moved to California before settling here in the Berkshires in a 62 year marriage with Jack before his death in 2005. Her most fulfilling achievement outside of her home was with her position at Williams College Development Office from 1958 to her retirement in 1981. During her career at Williams she raised her daughters, served as treasurer at Taconic Golf Club Board from 1979-1989 and was active in many community activities including Williamstown Finance Committee, and golf tournaments. Known for her practical nature, she was also very generous to area charities, arts venues and people in need. She enjoyed the Williamstown Summer Theater particularly and shared her appreciation of good theater, dance, and restaurants with her friends and family.


Besides her daughters and son in law Lee Blanchard, Lillian leaves behind her beloved sisters Geraldine Hess, Nancy Kaley and their families residing in the Lancaster, Pa area along with many nieces and nephews. Lillian, Carol and Diane especially wish to thank the team at the Williamstown Medical Center, Berkshire Medical in Pittsfield and Hospice Care in the Berkshires for their genuine caring service as well as the many friends and extended family in the community who stepped in to lend a hand. Donations in her name can be made to Hospice at For further information, please visit


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