, Salem, MA

January 22, 2013

Lillian M. (Pensel) Diefenbach, 92

MIDDLETON — Mrs. Lillian M. (Pensel) Diefenbach, 92, of Middleton, beloved wife of the late Frederick M. Diefenbach, died Friday morning at Beverly Hospice following a short illness.

Born in the Bronx, New York, she was the daughter of the late Kurt and Anna (Axmann) Pensel. She was raised and educated in New York City.

Mrs. Diefenbach met and married her beloved husband Fred at an early age. Together they moved to Barryville, New York, where they operated a self-sufficient farm and raised their family. Their farm included a boarding house where many guests visited from May through September and experienced the farm life — riding horses, fishing & swimming in the pond and visiting the local area. During hunting season many hunters stayed at the farm. They also ran a breeding kennel for dogs. They raised all their own food and rarely had to go to the grocery.

Lillian was dedicated to her family and enjoyed spending her time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a soft spoken, kind, intelligent woman with a wonderful sense of humor. Lillian was a voracious reader and talented painter who enjoyed expressing herself through watercolors. She was a member of the Middleton Council on Aging and the Middleton Art Association. She was deeply loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Lillian is survived by her daughters, Marion Pressley and her husband Bill of Newton Centre, Diana Mollema and her husband Douglas of Colts Neck, NJ, and Donna Bambury and her husband Glenn of Middleton, her grandchildren, Elaine Johnson, Rebecca Ramsey, Jessica Lehnes and PFC Taylor Bambury, her great-grandchildren, Ryan and Rowan Johnson, Cole Ramsey, and Cooper Lehnes and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Elsa Gubler.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral services are private. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St. (Rte 62), Danvers. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Lillian’s memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, Ma 01701 or to the Middleton Art Association, P.O. Box 1233, Middleton, MA 01949. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit