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Obituary Lucia Rees –

Lucia Lim Rees, 91, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2024, after complications from a stroke.

She was born in South Korea in 1933. She lived most of her life in West Hartford and Canton. Lucia was a ‘Superwoman’ in every aspect of her life.

She is survived by her husband James Rees and her three children, Margie Lim-Morison, Gordon Clark and Bob Clark. She is also survived by her three stepchildren, Jim Rees Jr, Matt Rees and Mable Shea.

After surviving the Korean War, her parents sent her to America on her own. Lucia knew no one, but soon learned English and became an American citizen. She graduated from St. Joseph’s College and worked as a clinical dietitian at Saint Francis Hospital for more than 30 years.

What makes her ‘Super’ is that she was able to bring her parents to America and raise three children all by herself. She worked 7 days a week without the help of alimony or child support. In 1968 it was very difficult to be the only supporter of children aged 7, 6 and 2 years old and parents who did not know English. She has always had at least 3 jobs as a dietitian and did part-time jobs as an interpreter at Pratt & Whitney. She also started a company, Lim’s Health Food, in 1978. It has been around for 46 years.

While her youngest was about to graduate high school, Lucia married James in 1985. This began the second half of her life filled with all the things she never had the chance to do. Her love for music started early. She learned to play the piano when she was 4 years old. She continued to play all her life. Lucia and Jim shared a love of the Symphony, the Opera and Broadway. They traveled all over the world. She finally had the chance to enjoy her life after working so hard for so long.

Everyone always commented that she looked and acted like someone twenty years younger than she actually was. She never stopped wanting to learn new things. She started playing the violin and painting in the late 1970s. She will be greatly missed and was loved by many.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, June 19, beginning with visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Molloy Funeral Home, 906 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Bloomfield. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.molloyfuneralhome