Bess Irene Lilley Chundriek


Bess Irene Lilley Chundriek, affectionately know as Aunt Honey. Born July 24, 1930, Union City, Pennsylvania. Died June 24, 2017 in Brentwood, Tennessee at the age of 86 years, 11 months.

She is preceded in death by her husband John Chundriek, parents Clyde and Edna Lilley, five brothers, Reid, Park, Scott, Bill and John Lilley, niece Marlene Prenatt, and great nephew Gregory Deogard. She is survived by nieces Ginnie Maurer, Nancy Gelnek; nephews Roger, Bill, Richard, Jim , Ray and Tony Lilley; great nieces, LuAnn Deogard and Belinda Deogard Privett, great-great nieces Veronica and Rachel Privett, Amber Calverly and Valerie Deogard.

Bess was raised on the family dairy farm near Union City, PA until she entered high school at which time her family moved to the town of Union City. After graduating high school in 1947, she attended Business school in Erie for two years then worked for several companies including Sears, National Fuel Gas and Raymond’s Springs.

In 1968 Bess and her husband John moved to California. She worked for Crocker Bank, Webber/ Nelson Realty, Wyricks Lumber, and Bridges Sporting Goods in Paso Robles. She was also a bookkeeper for a number of local businesses.

Bess was involved in her Home Owners Association Board of Directors as a bookkeeper, active as a volunteer with the Paso Robles Historical Society, was a docent with the Carnegie Library, volunteered for the Republican Women’s Group, and rang the bell for the Salvation Army during the Christmas Season. She was recognized by the Historical Society as a volunteer of the Year in 2015.

Bess lived and worked in the Paso Robles area for over 48 years, then moved to Brentwood, TN in May 2016 to live with her great niece and nephew (Belinda and James Privett) and family.

Bess was a lifelong baseball fan and never missed an opportunity to watch the Dodgers play. She also became a Nashville Predators fan and rooted them on to the Stanley cup finals.

In her honor donations can be made to The Paso Robles Historical Society. A celebration of life gathering will be held at a later date.

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