The Prep community was stunned this weekend by the news of the sudden passing of longtime staff member Debbie Peko-Lillis, P’10 Friday evening. The mother of Kyle Lillis, ’10, sister of James Peko, ’85, and aunt of current freshman Matthew Peko, ’26, had been a fixture at Grand & Warren, serving as the database manager for the advancement office since 2010. Former Prep President Bob Reiser, S.J. often described Prep students as aggressively friendly, and few members of the faculty and staff have ever embodied that quality better. Her quick wit, her hearty laugh, her enthusiastic pride in the sometimes unglamorous work of processing donations and event registrations, and above all her unmistakable love for her family, for her friends, and for Saint Peter’s Prep will be sorely missed.

“The entire Saint Peter’s Prep community is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of our dear friend and colleague Debbie Peko-Lillis,” said Prep President Michael Gomez, Ed.D., ’91. “Debbie was a proud Prep mom–her son Kyle graduated in 2010, but she was a Prep mom forever–and a dedicated member of our advancement office staff for more than a decade. With a tremendous and generous heart, she left her mark on all of us, forming an unforgettable part of the Prep family she loved so much.”

Dr. Gomez added, “Our love and prayers are with Debbie’s family in this difficult time.”

Funeral arrangements are listed below:

Wednesday, January 25, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Mack Memorial Home
1245 Paterson Plank Road, Secaucus, NJ

Funeral Mass
Thursday, January 26, at 9:30 a.m.
Immaculate Conception Church
1219 Paterson Plank Road, Secaucus, NJ

Obituary from Mack Memorial Home