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October 1st, 2010
Milwaukeean Lilian Post, nee Cohen, died July 16. She was 99.
A Milwaukee native, she graduated from the Marquette University Law School in 1933 and was one of the first 100 women to join the Wisconsin Bar Association.
She worked for the Milwaukee County Department of Public Welfare and later became a volunteer for the Children’s Division office. As the president of the Women’s Welfare Board, and in that capacity, according to her family, “she was instrumental in the establishment of the Illiterate E Program for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classes in the Milwaukee Public Schools.”
In 1966, she and her husband, Judd Post, became the managers of the Knickerbocker Hotel, part of which they turned into an early form of assisted living facility for older adults. She continued to manage it after he died in 1969. She retired at age 75.
She was a member of the American Association of University Women, the College Women’s Club, Congregation Shalom, Kappa Beta Pi, TEMPO International, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and the Women’s Welfare Board.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her daughter and son-in-law Elizabeth and Stevan Zydowicz.
She is survived by daughters Margaret (Abdellah Akhdi) Garrison of New York City, and Catherine Hagemeyer of Leadville, Colo.; son Frederick “Budd” Post of Cedarburg; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home handled the arrangements. A funeral service was held July 20 in Greenwood Cemetery.