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Lillian Aida Barbera
August 27, 1926 ~ February 1, 2024 (age 97) 97 Years Old
Lillian Aida Barbera, born on August 27, 1926, in Chicago, Illinois, peacefully passed away at home with her family on February 1, 2024 at the age of 97. Lillian Aida was the fifth of six daughters born to Anthony and Antoinette (Nee’ Bua) Campo.
She was a woman of immense courage and determination, a fiercely independent spirit, who learned the value of hard work in her early years as the child of poor immigrant parents. In the early 1960s, Lillian worked as an original Tupperware sales leader in the Chicagoland area. Later, she dedicated her time to raising her three sons, took on a part-time job, and eventually retired from Signode Steel in Glenview, Illinois in 1988.
Lillian and her husband of 42 years, Frank Joseph Barbera, retired to their dream house in San Diego. Frank passed away in January of 1995 after battling cancer. Lillian cherished the years they spent together, considering them the best in her life. He was her angel, and she eagerly awaited their reunion in heaven.
Lillian moved to Maryland in 1996 to live with her eldest son, Joe, and his family. In 2002, AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar opened in Columbia, named in her honor. Lillian Aida was a beloved figure in the restaurant, warmly welcoming guests with a glass of white wine in hand. Over the almost 22 years that the restaurant served the community, she formed lasting connections with many patrons who became her extended family.
Lillian leaves behind a profound legacy of faith, strength, boundless love for her family and friends, and a treasure trove of cherished memories. Her indomitable spirit will continue to resonate in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.
Survived by her three sons, Joseph (Mary) Barbera, Anthony Barbera, and Michael Barbera, as well as her five grandchildren: Marietta (Née Barbera) (Casey) Moffett, Joseph (Kimberly) Barbera, Kathryn (Née Barbera) (Kevin) Howell, Jeffrey Barbera, and Matthew Barbera. Additionally, she is survived by her five great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home in Ellicott City on Thursday, February 22, from 4:00-6:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Louis Catholic Church in Clarksville, Maryland, on Friday, February 23rd, at 10:00 am. Attendees are invited to consider wearing something blue to the Mass in honor of Lillian Aida's favorite color.