Lilian Urschitz

February 23, 1925 ‒ January 10, 2016

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Lilian Urschitz went to be with the Lord Sunday morning, January 10, 2016 from Crystal Care Center of Mansfield. She was almost 91.

Born Lilian V. Glaesser February 23, 1925 in Mansfield, she was the daughter of Martin & Magdalena (Wilging) Glaesser. Lilian’s parents immigrated to Mansfield from Crvenka, Yugoslavia in 1921 and then returned in 1925, when she was three months old; her grandfather had passed away and they had to return to run the family business. She was a kindergarten teacher before WWII and survived a Russian concentration camp (between Yugoslavia and Hungary); Lilian returned to America in 1947.

She married Erwin A. Urschitz on August 24, 1942 and they shared 38 wonderful years of marriage until he passed away in 1980. They are now together again.

Her pride and joy were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She spent many an afternoon watching them play sports. Lilian was a wonderful homemaker to her husband and 8 children and loved to cook. She made delicious Christmas cookies and also sewed for her family. In later years she painted and made dolls for her grandchildren. She was also an avid gardener.

Lilian was a faithful member of the former Clearfork Valley Wesleyan Church in Butler.

She is survived by sons: Walter & Bette Urschitz of Mansfield, Tony & Stacey Urschitz of Grand Junction, CO, and Rev. Erwin & Wendy Urschitz of North Canton; daughters: Renate & Dennis Gladden of Mansfield, Erika & Gerald Bird of Cumming, GA, Lilian & Robert Bigelow of Rushylvania, Margaret & Steven Wade of Bellville, and Magda Rhinehart of Canton; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Herbert Burgauer of Ontario, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

In addition to her loving husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters Helen Volk and Matilda Burgauer, a brother Martin Glaesser, a son-in-law David Rhinehart, three grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

The Urschitz family wishes to thank Crystal Care Center, especially the aids, nurses, and dietary department, for the wonderful care Mom received during her stay there.

Her family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, January 14, 2016 at North Bend Church of the Brethren (1787 Snyder Rd in Butler) where a funeral service honoring her life will be held 11 a.m. Friday and friends are welcome to call the hour prior. Pastor Don Smith will officiate and burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory are encouraged to benefit Fritz Urschitz’s ministries supporting various overseas missionaries (please make checks payable to Bette Urschitz). They may be made at the services or mailed to the funeral home: PO Box 3085, Mansfield OH 44904.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Lilian’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them—and watch her tribute video—at our website:

  • My sincere regards to the Urschitz family. A special condolence to my classmate Erika.
    Sincere Regards,
    Rodney Kehl

    • So sorry for your loss. I went to school with Walter and Renate. Such wonderful, beautiful people. God Bless you and comfort you today and always.

      Rosanna(Rosie) Hoffman Craven

  • Heartfelt sympathy from Joe and I, may your grief be lessened with the knowledge of knowing she went with our Lord for eternal life in Heaven.

  • Dear Urschitz Family. It is a sad day and a happy day. Sad that Lilian has left this earth and our hearts ache for her. It is a happy day that she is with the Lord now. I am so glad I got to know her when I was in Ohio. Such a great woman. Enjoyed going to visit her. My prayers are with all of the family and friends. Lots of Hugs for all of you.

  • Senate and Dennis, You have our deepest sympathies at your mother’s homegoing. May the Lord comfort you during this difficult time.

  • Magda, so sorry for your loss. I lost my mom eight months ago and I know how hard it is. Hugs and prayers for you and your family.

  • Walter, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May you be comforted by wonderful memories of your mother and the knowledge that she is with our Lord and your Dad.
    Your classmate,

  • Prayers to you and your families during this time it was a privelege to take care of your mom she was greatly loved and will be missed it was nice chatting with her I loved her accent and will miss her beautiful smile and her thanks you’s .

  • I will always remember Aunt Lily’s smile and her gentle nature. She is in heaven with my mom and our other family members now.

  • To Margaret, my thoughts and prayers to you and all the family. Your dedication to caring for Aunt Lily was very much something special. To all my cousins, my heart goes out to you at this time.

  • Erv, Margaret, Lilian, Magda and family, I am sorry for your loss. May many happy memories of your mom comfort you during this time.

  • Walt and Bette,
    So sorry to see your loss. How wonderful to have had her in your life. We know that this is a painful loss for you and send our sympathy.