We share news of the passing
(May 5, 1924 - Jan. 10, 2019)
When Lili moved from New York City almost twenty years ago to the Medford Leas community in New Jersey,
Below are words of remembrance from her daughter.
R.I.P. Lili Wronker (May 5, 1924 - Jan. 10, 2019) Age 94.
Beloved and most excellent mother of Eytan and Rona, aunt of Robert Penzer and Carol Penzer Dunn, Lili was an artist, illustrator, and calligrapher extraordinaire, and a warm, wise, and beautiful person.
Lili was born in 1924 in Berlin, Germany to Edith and Dr. Josef Cassel. After Kristallnacht (1938), Lili and her sister Eve were sent to England.
In 1940 the reunited family obtained visas which enabled them to immigrate to the United States. Lili attended Washington Irving High School, a target school for graphic arts in New York City.
After a brief stint on staff at Time magazine, she embarked on a career as a freelance calligrapher and illustrator. She designed children's books and hundreds of dust jackets, including covers for the memoirs of field marshal Montgomery, Albert Einstein and Eleanor Roosevelt.
In 1947, the first children's book to feature her illustrations, "The Rainbow Mother Goose,” was named one of the Fifty Best Books of the Year by the American Institute of Graphic Arts. It was the first of many honors.
Throughout her long career, Lili stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the greats of the lettering arts. In later years, she also taught calligraphy to children, adults and professional graphic artists.
In September 1952 Lili married Erich Wronker a printer who shared her passion for books as works of art. They remained married until he passed away in 1996.
Lili will be most remembered for her warmth, her generosity, and her always positive attitude. She thought of every person as deserving of kindness and respect, and she shared her time, her affection, and her talents freely.
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