Lillian Lyster

Lillian Lyster

MONONA –Lillian Lyster, age 93, of Monona, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

She was born on June 14, 1921, in Broadhead, Wis., the daughter of Adolph and Gena Lien. While still young the family moved to Stoughton, Wis., where she graduated from Stoughton High School. She married Arthur Edwin Lyster in 1940 and in 1942 the young family moved to Madison. In 1946, they moved to the Monona area where she continued to live until 1992 when she moved to Meadow Grove Apartments. Lillian worked for the Wisconsin Telephone Company for over 30 years and retired in June of 1983 after holding many positions such as operator and secretary. Her passions were her family, religion, music, prose and poetry. When she was a young girl she and her friends would play their Ukuleles for the women of Stoughton as they would give their afternoon teas. In later years she played and sang in the Monona Rhythm Band and also for Hawaiian dance groups. Lillian loved to write. She had many poems and stories published in books, newspapers and periodicals. She loved to tell stories about a variety of topics and one of her stories was published in the Capitol Times about how it was to be a telephone operator the day Kennedy was assassinated. In 1972 another person came into her life and that was James H. Taylor. Together they traveled all around the U.S. and went on cruises, attended concerts and many Madison events.

Lillian is survived by her daughter, Sonya (Peter) Baime; grandchildren, Nicholas Baime of Middleton and Christopher Baime of Milwaukee; sister, Arlene Geneveve Shea of Janesville; and many nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Serine Strickland.

Funeral services will be held at LAKE EDGE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 4032 Monona Dr, Madison, at 1 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, with the Rev. Stephen Marsh presiding. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Visitation will be held at the church from noon until the time of the service on Monday. Online condolences may be made at

As a final salute to her life, one of her poems:
My loved one is gone, I won’ see her again
Sill I can’t believe this is true.
For she’s really around
My thoughts hold her earthbound
So she is with me the whole day through.

And at night as I gaze at the sky up above
In the heavens, a star is so bright
It winks back at me
And I know it is she
Saying, I will be with you each night.
–Lillian Lyster