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Lilia Raquel (Montes) Dornberger

July 28, 1954 ~ January 10, 2018 (age 63)


Lilia Raquel Dornberger (nee Montes) on January 10, 2018

Lilia was born in Santa Clara, Cuba and immigrated to the US with her family in 1964, with shirts on their backs. After graduation from New Jersey City University, she worked briefly for Human Services in New Jersey. In 1978, she was hired as one of the first female sales people selling business phone systems for New Jersey Bell. After the Bell System divestiture, she moved over to AT&T where she progressed to sales management, sales effectiveness and finally Senior Staff Manager at the AT&T University of Excellence, living at the time, in Basking Ridge, NJ with her family. While at AT&T she served as a lead fundraiser for HISPA, the Association of Hispanic Employees, spearheading the largest raffle the group had done to date by procuring a car as the grand prize. She also lead a team that produced an Hispanic Cookbook fundraiser. In 1998, she moved with her family to Phoenixville, PA. During the first several years there she worked as a consultant to pharmaceutical firms for lab training in Puerto Rico and around the US. She was then recruited by Allan Myers Construction as Director of Training and Development to establish a "Continuous Learning Center", which was later recognized in the trade magazine, Constructioneer, for its’ innovation. Shortly after, she left to become a Training Manager for Quest Diagnostics in the National Billing Center in West Norriton, PA. Over the next 10 years, she progressed National Training and Development Manager, retiring in 2016. In 2007, she received a Master’s Degree in Education, Instructional Design from Penn State. Additionally, she achieved the level of SHRM Senior Certified Professional from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) awarded by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). She also held Master’s Certifications in Human Resources Management from Villanova University and Project Management from George Washington University.

It was Lily’s life passion to help anyone needing career or life coaching or simply a helping hand. She was generous to a fault, frequently giving away any belongings that others admired.

She is survived by her husband, James (Jim) P. Dornberger Jr., and son James (Jim) P. Dornberger III, her mother, Raquel Vilches de Montes, sister, Raquel (Kelly) Montes and brother, Albert Montes. She was predeceased by her father Octavio Jose Montes. Also missed by her in-laws, Elizabeth A. Dornberger, John and Leigh-Anne Dornberger, Christine (Dornberger) and Steve Mayock and Sally (Dornberger) and John Myers, as well as 9 nephews and nieces, and 2 grand nephews.

A Celebration of Lilia's life and reception will be held at the Phoenixville Country Club, 335 Country Club Road, Phoenixville, PA on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to All 4 Paws Rescue, P.O. Box 122, Chester Springs, PA 19425 (

 Service Information

Celebration of Life
January 19, 2018

1:00 PM
Phoenixville Country Club
335 Country Club Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460

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