28 January 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Tillie Liebross Wilson

Tovah daughter of Eliezer haLevi
Died 10 Cheshvan 5722
DIED OCT. 20, 1961 

My grandmother Tillie was the eldest child of Louis and Bertha Liebross. She was born about 1888 in Radautz, Austria-Hungary (today Radauti, Romania) and came to the United States in 1898 on the Britannic by way of Liverpool with her mother and seven brothers and sisters. Her father had emigrated six months earlier. [1]

She is buried in Section 5, Block H, Lot 36, Grave 2 in Knollwood Park Cemetery (now part of Mt. Carmel Cemetery) next to her husband, Joseph Wilson, and her two children and their spouses: Ira and Lee Urbass Wilson and Norma and Bernard Garber. My daughter's Hebrew name is Tovah - named after her great grandmother.

Sabbath and Festival Prayer Book, Published by the Rabbinical Assembly of America and the United Synagogue of America, 1946 (1960 printing).
My cousin, Larry Liebross, sent me a wonderful gift: a copy of the Sabbath and Festival Prayer Book donated by my grandmother's first cousins (Louis and Sarah Ett Cohn) in her memory. My grandmother's youngest sibling (Larry's father), Dr. Irving B. Liebross, had this copy on his bookshelf. The cover is pictured, above.

The New York Times ran two notices about Tillie's death on 22 October 1961:
WILSON - Tillie, beloved wife of Joseph, devoted mother of Norma C. Garber and Ira H., loving grandmother and dear sister of Dr. Irving B. Liebross. Services Sunday, 1 P.M., "Westminster Chapels," Coney Island Ave. (Ave. H), Brooklyn.
WILSON - Tillie. The Ladies Auxiliary of the Morris J. Solomon Sunshine Fund mourns the loss of its beloved and faithful member, Tillie Wilson, wife of Joseph Wilson. Her loyalty and devotion were always inspiring. Services at Westminster Chapel, Coney Island Ave and Ave H, Sunday, 1 P.M.      GUSSIE LEVITON, President [2]

1.  "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 13 May 2009), manifest, Britannic, Liverpool to New York, arriving 1 July 1898, Libros, citing National Archives Microfilm SerialT715; Microfilm Roll: 25; Lines: 20-28; Page Number: 2.
"New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 5 September 2009), manifest, Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, Bremen to New York, arriving 23 December 1897, Leiser Lebros, citing National Archives Microfilm Roll: 11; Line: 4; Page Number: 107.

2. The Morris J. Solomon Sunshine Fund was the women's auxiliary of the Elite Club (pronounced EE-lite), in which my grandfather, Joe Wilson, was a member for many years.


  1. I remember an email from another Liebross cousin who mentioned that Tillie baked a fabulous apple struedel. Does anyone have a recipe?
    Diana Steinman
    Houston, TX

  2. Well, she was an excellent cook and baker. Her challah was fantastic. My mother used to bake a great apple struedel and I do not know if it was her mother's recipe - and I'm not sure I have that recipe. I'll have to ask my brother if he has it.

  3. Talking about recipes, my mother used to make home made chopped liver. The cousins used to, enter the house and go straight for the chopped liver. This was the best compliment my mother could get, she grinned with their enthusiasm. I have the recipe, but forgive me , I don't eat it.

  4. Sounds de-lish! (love chopped liver - though did not as a kid). My mother used to make it, as well. She had a grinder on her mix master and I used to love to watch the cooked liver/hard boiled egg/cooked onion mixed ooze out of the grinder attachment.


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