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Lilla S. Perri, 90, of Manasquan passed at Jersey Shore Medical Center on Wednesday, December 30, 2020.
Lilla was born on December 15,1930 in Bergen, Norway, spending a good part of her life in Kragero, and lived there until she came to the United States in her early 20’s. Introduced by their best friends, Lee and Inger McLaughlin, she met the love of her life in New York City, Peter Perri. They were married in 1962, and moved from New York City to their beach house in Bricktown, New Jersey, until they moved to Manasquan in 1965 to raise their daughters. Lilla raised her two daughters, while she helped manage her husband’s photography business.
These last two years she lived with her daughter Bettina and her family where she was always surrounded by her daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren. They gave her so much love and took such good care of her. They hugged and kissed her every day, but kept her safe.
Anyone that knew Lilla was impressed by her cooking and entertaining skills. She was the perfect lady. She set the perfect table, threw a great party, and taught us good manners. She was a class act, which she brought with her from Norway. She set the bar high.
Lilla loved spending time with her family and grandchildren. She was an animal lover, especially cats, and enjoyed playing cards, sitting in the sun and reminiscing about her days in Norway. She was an avid reader and enjoyed watching Jeopardy. Lilla had the kindest heart and always thought of others. She was caring, generous and made the people in her life feel so loved. She was surrounded by her family everyday who felt blessed to show her the same affection.
Two weeks before her passing, her children threw her a beautiful 90th birthday party with the immediate family, hosted by Christina, in the house they grew up in. It was perfect.
She was predeceased by her parents, Lars Thoralf and Nelly Ingebrigtsen Paulsen, her sister Fanny Thaulow and her brother Frederick all of Norway. Her beloved husband, Peter Perri, passed in 2003 after 41 years of a beautiful marriage.
Lilla is survived by her daughter Bettina and husband Ed Edwards, and their children, Alexa and Matthew; her daughter Christina and husband Bob Lewis and their children Jamie, who resides in Vermont, and Jack and Ava who are at home, as well as many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial visitation on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 from 4-7 pm at Orender Family Home for Funerals 2643 Old Bridge Road Manasquan, NJ 08736. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Manasquan First Aid 65 Broad Street Manasquan, NJ 08736. To send condolences to the family please visit www.orenderfamilyhome.com.