William & Florence Lawler – Mausoleum Hill

In fall 2017 a group of Haverford College students completed a project to research a number of the burials in Mausoleum Hill on the Yeadon side of the cemetery. These profiles will be presented in our Notable Burials section.

William J. Lawler

William Joseph Lawler was born in Philadelphia on 2 Dec, 1922, and is the child of James and Nellie (Ellen) Lawler (previously Ellen Moran). While both of his parents were born in Pennsylvania, of his grandparents, only his paternal grandfather was born in the state. His maternal grandmother was born in England, his maternal grandfather was born in Delaware, and his paternal grandmother was born in Ireland. In 1930, he was living on 2028 South 23rd St, Philadelphia with his parents and siblings. As of 1940, when he was living in 809 N. Beechwood St, #30, Philadelphia, PA in 1940, he had five siblings: James, John, Joseph, Eileen, and  Robert, born about 1920, 1922, 1924, 1927, and 1932, respectively. Presumably as a consequence of the great depression, William’s father had only had 26 weeks of work in 1939 and had been unemployed for the 8 weeks leading up to the April 1940 census. He worked as a plumber and contractor, and his income in 1939 was $1,040. William’s eldest brother James had been unemployed for the last 5 weeks and was also working as a plumber and contractor, with an income of $468 from 1939. His brother John deviated from the family trade, working as a truck driver. Although John had been unemployed for the first three months of 1940, he had worked every week in 1939 and made $624. William, who was 17 in 1940, was just finishing high school and had not yet begun work. Other members of the household were not seeking employment.

William did not have long after he graduated high school to begin his adult life in Philadelphia; Just as his father had served in the first world war, William came to serve in the second. In August of 1940, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served domestically for two years, from August of 1940 to July of 1942. On July 21, 1942 he entered foreign service, which he served in until August 2, 1945. He served his last week of service domestically, and was separated from active service in Indiantown, PA on October 10, 1945. In 1950, when he applied for Veteran Compensation, he was living at 451 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia (#30), PA. In 1949, he married Florence MacMillan, and is buried near the MacMillan family on Mausoleum Hill. William and Florence had three sons, William, Robert, and Patrick.  In 1989, he was living in Paulsboro, Gloucester County, New Jersey. He passed away on April 6, 1989 and was interred four days later at Mount Moriah.

Florence MacMillan Lawler

Florence MacMillan Lawler was born in Pennsylvania in 1923 to parents James A. MacMillan (born about 1898) and Margaret MacMillan (born about 1903). She was the second oldest of seven siblings: James, Harry, Robert, Margaret, Charles, Francis, and Wesley (born approximately 1920, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, and 1938, respectively). In 1940, at age 17, she was employed for non-emergency private work and had worked 36 hours in the past week as a soda dispenser in a drug store. She had not worked at all in 1939; Presumably, this was work she started in 1940.

She married William Lawler in 1949, and had three sons by him, William, Robert, and Patrick.

Florence passed away on the 28th of February, 1976 at age 53. She was survived by a brother, Marshall Boyd.[1] A funeral service was held at the Inglesby Funeral Home, 602 E. Main St., Maple Shade, and mass was held an hour after at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. She was interred a week later (March 3) in section 125, lot 12.

—Leah Budson

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