Lil Musial, wife of Cardinals great Stan Musial, dies

May 3, 2012

The wife of one of St. Louis' most treasured sports icons has died.

Lil Musial was 91. Her husband of nearly 72 years, Cardinals great Stan Musial, was at her side when she passed away around 6 pm Thursday, said their grandson, Brian Musial Schwarze in a Tweet. He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Lil had been sick for a while, and that the family knew the end was near.

The former Lillian Labash, also a Donora, Pa. native, married Stan on May 25, 1940, when Stan was playing Class D minor league baseball.