Lillian Rekas

Lillian Marcusson Rekas

Wednesday, February 20th, 1929 - Friday, May 24th, 2019
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Lillian Marcuson Rekas, a top fashion model for the Ford Modeling Agency passed away on May 24, after a period of declining health. One of the supermodels in the late 40's and 50’s she graced the covers of many major magazines, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Charm, Look and three Life Magazine covers. She was a top photographer model for Penn, Horst, Scavullo, and Avedon. She was the first American model in the French Couture Collection. She was a leading commercial model for Noxema, Avon, Pepsident, Knickerbocker and Blatz. After raising her family in West Hartford, she returned to modeling in the early eighties and had continued success. She also appeared in the movies Ghostbusters and the Cotton Club and soap operas One Life to Live and As the World Turns. In her later work she appeared in Women's Day, Newsweek cover, Avon International, Modern Bride, Better Homes and Gardens and Family Circle.
Born in West Hartford, Lillian was the daughter of Swedish immigrants. Her father owned Viking Bakery in West Hartford. Her husband Joseph Rekas and brother Everett Marcuson predeceased her. Lillian is survived by her sons, Gary of West Hartford, Robert of Essex and daughter Patricia Hafey of Collinsville and her brother Paul Marcuson of Farmington. She leaves behind five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.
The family will be receiving guests from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Ave., West Hartford on Friday, May 31. Online condolences may be made at
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    Friday, May 31st, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Friday, May 31st, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home
    1084 New Britain Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06110
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Lisa Masse Bremmer

Posted at 10:29am
Dear Bob and family,
Forgive this belated note as I just learned of your mother's passing. Your mother was so incredibly beautiful but her sense of humor, quick wit, genuinely caring and loving nature was what defined her most accurately. I remember meeting her when I was just 17 while working at Lord & Taylor at Bishops Corner while I was in school. She would always stop and chat with me while we walked around the store together perusing the latest fashions. I so looked forward to her visits. She was the epitome of class, grace and elegance and will be missed dearly by all those who loved and admired her. We send you our deepest sympathy at this painful time and will keep your mother and your family in our prayers for peace and healing. Love, Lisa (Masse), Jay, Nick and Zach Bremmer, Atlanta, GA.

Carol Mersereau

Posted at 10:02pm
Patty and family, How special your lovely mother was...always a welcoming smile and a gracious hello. She will be missed by many. Thinking of you at this sad time. Fondly, Carol Mersereau

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