Lucy Pillinger

May 27, 1941 ~ July 31, 2018 (age 77)

   Lucy A. Pillinger, 77, of Elmhurst passed away peacefully at home on July 31, 2018.

   She was born in Oak Park to the late Douglass Pillinger and Harriet (Hale) Pillinger. Raised in Glen Ellyn, she graduated from Glenbard West High School and Monticello College, Godfrey, IL. After training and qualifying as a dental assistant, she spent her entire career in that field, employed successively in a private dental office in Glen Ellyn, in the Crown and Bridge Department at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, and in a private dental practice in Elmhurst.

    In 1982, Lucy moved from Glen Ellyn to Elmhurst, where she resided for the remainder of her life.

   Lucy treasured her friends, some of whom were like family to her; her nephews and their families, especially her grand-nephews; and her church community, which for several decades was Yorkfield Presbyterian Church in Elmhurst. Many will remember Lucy for her kindness, her effervescence, and her trove of stories.

   Zoological parks were of special interest to her, and she enjoyed road trips to visit them.  Lucy found beauty and peace at The Morton Arboretum. She was a longtime member of the Tri-County Dental Assistants Association and of a Glen Ellyn chapter of P.E.O.

   Lucy is survived by a sister, Carol P. Daw and husband Paul, of Boulder, CO; a sister-in-law, Barbara B. Pillinger, of Madison, WI; three nephews and four grand-nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and by her brother, Hugh E. Pillinger

   A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, August 10, at Yorkfield Presbyterian Church, 1099 S. York St., Elmhurst.

   In lieu of flowers, donations in Lucy’s memory may be made to The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532, or online via


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