Caecilia (Hainzl) DiMartino was born in Linz, Austria February 12, 1932 to Charles Andreas Hainzl and Zaezilia Grunberger. As a child was forced to endure the horrors of war under Hitler, whom she met at 5 years old.
In her teens Lillie (as she is known to her friends) studied fashion and design at the House of Forster in Linz, where she designed and created her own wedding gown, for she was soon to marry a boy from Brooklyn, NY. Augustino A. DiMartino on April 15, 1950 and come to America.
Lillie began her Fine Art Studies at the famous art school in Westport Conn. under Norman Rockwell, Albert Dorne and Don Kingman among others. Lillie also pursued the art of print making under Claire Romano at Pratt Institute in NY.
Eager to share her many years of work and talents, Lillie gave many colorful art demonstrations for colleges, art leagues, galleries, also had a weekly TV show called “Gallery” directed under Mark Mittleman.
Most of Lillie’s life was spent raising funds through the arts for needy causes, such as Woman’s America O.R.T. (schools around the world), Heart Wing Building in Long Beach, NY. schools and centers for the handicapped children, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Supervisor Peter F. Cohalan (who later became Supreme Court Judge in Riverhead, N.Y.) elected Lillie to serve on the Islip Museum Executive Board, where she staged 7 major fine art exhibits. Her husband Augustino, president of Long Beach Art League opened the largest co-op galleries in the heart of Manhattan.
Lillie along with former husband Augustino co founded and co owned Christian Arts Ministries (C.A.M.) in Bayshore, NY. Where the gospel of JESUS was preached through the arts and entertainment. Forerunner Magazine (a Christian magazine) was published monthly, and free copies given away.
After her father Charles Hainzel’s death (a thrice decorated war hero by President Eisenhower, President Charles DeGaulle and Winston Churchill, who served much of his life in the French Foreign Legion) Lillie inherited a French villa built in the 1600’s made of stone and slate, which she converted into an art gallery and school. In her “Studio Trieze”, Lillie taught “Gifts of Nature” painting workshops to young and old for over 20 summers in Appoigny, France where she also shared her love for JESUS with all she met.
Writing poetry was Lillie’s most recent expression. Storing 1000’s of poems was easier than housing her paintings that have decorated 5 of her and her and her husband’s homes, and sold all over the world.
Lillie claimed her love of poetry is a gift from GOD. She could not take credit for the ease and effortless flow of HIS promptings.
In 2011, Lillie published her book “The Gift – Behold the Lamb” a collection of 250 of Lillie’s poems and paintings spanning many years. Lillie leaves behind 1000’s of unpublished poems.
Lillie loved nature, painting, jewelry design, fashion design (made most of her own clothing and that of her 2 daughters – mother daughters dresses), decorating and always surrounding herself with beauty.
Lillie preached the gospel of JESUS through out her life bringing many souls to salvation. Always eager to pray for anyone who needed prayer.
Father Charles Andreas Hainzl
Mother Zaezilia Grunberger Hainzl
Sister Margaretta Hainzl Saviano
Former Husband Augustino A. DiMartino
Grandson Esme’ Esposito
Granddaughter Theresa (Tracy) DiMartino
Beloved Spouse Sandor (Alex) Nagy
her 4 children Lillian M. DiMartino
Linda A. Milazzo
David A. DiMartino
Martin Robert DiMartino
8 great grandchildren
cousins, nieces, nephews and numerous friends.
It is with heavy hearts we share the news of (Lillie) Caecilia Hainzl DiMartino’s passing this day. December 8th 2019 after her long and courageous battle with cancer.
Thank you JESUS for another year.