Lois K. Pilla, bank employee, Homeland resident

September 16, 2008|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Lois K. Pilla, a former bank employee and longtime Homeland resident, died of breast cancer Sept. 8 at Gilchrist Hospice Care. She was 65.

Lois K. Yates was born in Philadelphia and raised in Merion, Pa. After graduating from Harriton High School, she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa.

After her 1965 marriage to Kenneth J. Pilla, an attorney, the couple settled in Homeland.

Mrs. Pilla worked as a credit investigator for Household Finance and later was a sales associate at Hess Shoes. From 1980 until 1995, she was a customer service representative for Mercantile Bank & Trust Co.

She was a longtime volunteer at the Cockeysville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library.

In 1995, she and her husband moved to Beach Haven, N.J., on Long Beach Island, where she worked for several years in a local consignment shop.

She volunteered in a shop at Southern Ocean County Hospital and was a member of the Garden Club of Long Beach Island, the Mordecai Land Trust and was a commissioner for the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission of Beach Haven.

Mrs. Pilla enjoyed reading, yoga and travel.

Plans for a memorial service to be held on Long Beach Island were incomplete yesterday.

In addition to her husband of 43 years, survivors include a son, K. Brandon Pilla of Roland Park; a daughter, Noel Pilla Burch of Homeland; two brothers, Barry Yates of Union, W.Va., and Bradford Yates of Westminster; and five grandchildren.

Frederick N. Rasmussen

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