Lillian Kaizer Ford, 89, homemaker

January 04, 2004

Lillian Kaizer Ford, a homemaker who worked during two World Wars while raising her family in Canton, died Friday of complications from Alzheimer's disease in a favorite chair beside her Christmas tree. She was 89 and had lived for more than 50 years in her home on South Linwood Avenue.

After her parents emigrated from Hungary, Lillian Kaizer was born into a large family in Baltimore. She attended high school in the city while working at her parents' neighborhood grocery and was married at age 17 to Ernest Ford, a brewery worker and driver for the American and Gunther beer companies who died in 1982.

Mrs. Ford worked at the old Esskay Quality Meats Co. processing plant during World War I and at the American Can Co. during World War II, when she was also honored as a blood donor.

FOR THE RECORD - Lillian Kaizer Ford: An obituary in yesterday's editions misstated the work history of Lillian Kaizer Ford, who died Friday. She worked at the old Esskay Quality Meats Co. processing plant during World War II and at the American Can Co. shortly after the war. The Sun regrets the error.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Casimir Church, 2736 O'Donnell St. in Canton.

She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Ford of Canton; two sons, Walter J. Ford of Canton and Carl E. Ford of Chula Vista, Calif.; a sister, Theresa Smith of Dundalk; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A son, Francis J. Ford, was killed in a traffic accident after being wounded during the Korean War.

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