Lillian "Lily" I. Bandak
July 31, 1948 - September 11, 2021
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Maureen Koeller
Jameela AlQasimi
Lourdes Ramirez
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Wendy Bataineh
Ameen Shteawi
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Visitation
First Presbyterian Church - Newark
292 West Main Street
Newark, DE 19711
302-731-5644 | Map
Saturday 9/25, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Service
First Presbyterian Church - Newark
292 West Main Street
Newark, DE 19711
302-731-5644 | Map
Saturday 9/25, 12:00 pm
Cemetery
Head of Christiana Cemetery
1100 W Church Rd
Newark, DE 19711
Saturday 9/25

Lillian “Lily” Bandak passed away on September 11, 2021 in the company of her loving family at Saint Francis Hospital. After nearly 40 years of living with Multiple Sclerosis, she died from complications of long term paralysis. Lily was preceded in death by her parents Issa and Carmen, and numerous other beloved family members. Lily…

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Maureen Koeller left a message on September 27, 2021:
In memory of Lillian "Lily" I. Bandak, Maureen Koeller lit a candle
Jameela AlQasimi left a message on September 26, 2021:
To Lily‘s Family and friends My heartiest condolences! Lily was a one in a kind person, caring, passionate and active. I pray that she rests in peace and will always remember a friend and a very special colleague.
Lourdes Ramirez left a message on September 26, 2021:
My condolence for the family Rest in Peace Lily
Leila Hamroun left a message on September 25, 2021:
I am so very sorry for your loss. Lily was an inspiring force of nature whose light shone bright near and far. We shared wonderful conversations about common paths and connections we had over our years in the Middle East. What were the odds of finding each other in Newark, DE coming from Algeria, and talking about my years spent in Lebanon and shared experiences. A beautiful soul has left us, but the bounty of her generosity remains alive in many hearts all over the world. May this legacy bring you some solace in these days of loss and mourning.
Nabila Marzouk left a message on September 24, 2021:
Lily and her mom welcomed us to their home when we were international students at the University of Delaware back in 2004. They have shown exceptional care and compassion. We used to laugh, crack jokes and even dance on Arabic music. I cherished the time I spent in their company… will always have a special place in my heart!
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Nabila Marzouk left a message on September 24, 2021:
My sincere condolences to the family. I have the fondest memories of Lily when I was an international student in the USA. Lily and her mom were one of the first people I befriended upon arriving to America. They welcomed us to their home when we were international students at the University of Delaware back in 2004. They have shown exceptional care and compassion. We used to laugh, crack jokes and even dance on Arabic music. I cherished the time I spent in their company… will always have a special place in my heart!
Matthew Gray left a message on September 24, 2021:
I had the pleasure of getting to know Lily this summer. She had a really beautiful spirit. She was loving and strong. Lily made me feel so welcome in her home. Conversation was easy and interesting with her. She’d ask me about my life, what I wanted to do when I got older, and how I liked college. She’d show me her beautiful artwork and trinkets from her travels to the Middle East. She was a delightful friend. Despite her health she travelled the world and followed her passion— she had such great strength. I bragged about her to all my friends. I wish that she could be here longer, but I know she is in a better place now. Love you Lily!
Rhonda Machulski Brown left a message on September 24, 2021:
Dear Diana, my heart goes out to you and your family. I always admired Lily for her determination and artistic eye. As a underclass mate of hers, I loved that she had the balls to join an all boys photography club at school. I have always wished I had joined her. She was amazing. A beautiful spirit. May she rest in eternal peace. ❤️
David x koeller left a message on September 23, 2021:
In memory of Lillian "Lily" I. Bandak, David x koeller lit a candle
Yasmine Almzainy left a message on September 23, 2021:
Lily was a family to me and much more than that she supported me when I had no one around she was the mom that I needed, I can not find the perfect words to describe her and her kindness, may her soul Rest In Peace, I am extremely sad to hear that, Allah Yerhamha, I loved her and I still do and inshallah we will meet in Jennah in the other life My Deep Condolences to you Diana and May Allah give you the power to continue this life without her being around
Brett Edmonds left a message on September 23, 2021:
My dearest Lily, I love you and will miss you and I was so saddened to hear of your passing that I struggled to find words until now. I’m sad and mad at myself for not coming to see you in so long and wanted so badly for you to meet Kelly and Emily and selfishly I wanted to show off that I knew you and was friends with such an amazing, beautiful, accomplished person. But I’m so happy you are at peace now and with Yama. I’m sure my mom gave you a big hug already too. I have so many memories flooding back. You left such an incredible mark on my life after being your neighbor in college for only 2 years. I’ll never forget meeting you and our first interaction. I believe I needed to borrow a rake and knocked on your door with some nervousness. I wasn’t very cultured and you and Yama invite me right in and sit me down on the couch in this all white living room and beautiful Arabic art and architectural hand crafted architectural features. Let’s say it was quite a shock to me but within 5 minutes after initially coming to borrow a rake you had given this lazy college kid a job and your mom was feeding me Palestinian stuffed grape leaves (which I love to this day) in your kitchen at a small and humble table where world leaders, celebrities and historical figures sat and I was raking your yard but more important was I was part of your family. That is who you are. I could never say no to you and especially not your mom (she made me laugh all the time) but you rewarded with me with a beautiful friendship and so many great stories and memories. I’m sitting here with tears of sadness and joy as the memories are flooding back like yesterday. Your mom was like a grandmother to me and I adored you like a sister and mother figure. I’m so sorry for not calling more and coming to visit. I’ll miss you so very much. Thank you for giving me so much in this life. I can’t wait for you to show me one day all the amazing photographs you are taking up in heaven. Here is a photo of our trip to DC at the United Arab Emirates Embassy. I was so nervous driving you in and so honored to be with you to meet the Ambassador and remember going up to Madeline Albright at lunch?!! What a day. I will miss you my friend and I will hold close to my heart the other memories we shared.
Wanda and Nick Simons left a message on September 23, 2021:
Although we never met her, we were impressed and moved by Lily's remarkable photographs and their impact upon their subjects as well as viewers. And we are inspired as we remember that much of her body of artistic work was done with extreme health challenges. May she rest in peace.
Wendy Bataineh left a message on September 22, 2021:
Lily lit up any space she was in - she was inspiring a beautiful person inside and out. I have never forgotten visiting her in Delaware many many moons ago. She oozed positivity and vibrance and will be missed all over the world To know her was to love her.Rest in peace habibti xxx
Drs Ihsan and Dada Jabbour left a message on September 22, 2021:
Our condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the Bandak and Aburden families for your loss of your loved sister and cousin Lillian . “ MAY HER MEMORY BE ETERNAL” Our thoughts and prayers with you at this difficult time .
Ahmad Bataineh left a message on September 22, 2021:
Our deepest condolences to Lily family and friends , we knew lily while she was teaching at Yarmouk university of Irbed - Jordan , kind person and truly friend . May her soul rest in peace . Ahmad Bataineh - Jordan
Ahmad Bataineh left a message on September 22, 2021:
Our deepest condolences to Lily family and friends , we knew lily while she was teaching at Yarmouk university of Irbed - Jordan , kind person and truly friend . May her soul rest in peace انًا لله وإنًا اليه راجعون . Ahmad Bataineh - Jordan
Chris Exley left a message on September 22, 2021:
So sorry for your loss, Bandak family. We all share fond memories of Lily and her kind, worldly manner. The world is a better place for her presence. Sending warm thoughts and good wishes from Boston.
Ameen Shteawi left a message on September 21, 2021:
In memory of Lillian "Lily" I. Bandak, Ameen Shteawi lit a candle
The Hakki Family left a message on September 20, 2021:
Our deepest condolences to the Bandak family from the Hakki family. Lilly holds a special place in our hearts and we have fond memories of her and her amazing talent. May she Rest In Peace.
RT Foard left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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