Lisa T. Felix

June 1, 1967 - April 1, 2020

“On Wednesday evening (April 1) the world became a little less witty, a little less intelligent, a little less kind, and a little less empathetic with the passing of Lisa Felix.” She slipped away peacefully, surrounded by her family at her childhood home in Warsaw, NY after a courageous 2 ½ year battle with cancer.

Lisa was born June 1, 1967, the oldest child of Don and Maureen Felix. She graduated as Salutatorian from Warsaw High School in 1985. Lisa continued her education at SUNY Binghamton, attended graduate school at Southern Illinois University, University of Buffalo and completed her law degree at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Lisa always loved the diversity of the university setting and spent several years living and working in Nakajo, Japan, at Southern Illinois’ sister school. After returning to the US, she worked as a Foreign Student Advisor at the State University of Buffalo and the University of Pennsylvania.

Lisa completed her law degree and worked at several firms, most recently Klasko Immigration Law Partners in Philadelphia. She called Philadelphia her home for more than 20 years.

Lisa’s inquisitive spirit took her around the world immersing herself in different languages (which is why she was hard to beat in Scrabble), cultures and cuisine. She will be remembered for her brilliant mind, witty sense of humor, and infectious smile which she shared with the world. Lisa was an enthusiastic friend always showing compassion and kindness. She loved downhill skiing, good music, laughter and setting fitness goals (over and over). Lisa completed in both the New York City and Philadelphia Marathons.

Lisa is survived by her parents Don and Maureen Felix of Warsaw, NY, her favorite sister Shauna (Felix) Andres (Jerry) and their children Hunter, Cole and Madelyn of Hayden, Idaho and her favorite brother Matthew Felix (Kristen) and their sons, Mitchel and Lukas of Warsaw.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Memorials in Lisa’s name may be made online (or mailed) to the Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies of the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, 3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, to support the Transnational Legal Clinic. Donations may able be made to HomeCare & Hospice (Wyoming County), or WHYY public radio (

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Jul 13.20 from Vicky Sakr:

I am shocked and terribly saddened to learn of Lisa’s passing. She made a difference to my Penn experience. I met her through the Office of International Programs. At a time when I was so homesick, she made me feel I had a friend. One year, probably my sophomore year, when I commented that it would be great for international students to have something to do during parents weekend while all the American students would be busy, she helped organize a trip to Linvilla Orchards. It meant a lot to me. She always made me feel welcome, and special.

The last time we swapped notes was a year ago, when I asked her for a visa-related favor. She didn’t hesitate to help. I felt her warmth and smile leap off the screen. All the more remarkable because it had been almost 15 years since my graduation and we were only occasional correspondents, despite my affection for her (one always thinks one has more time, right?).

She was truly a light in the world. I send my deepest sympathies to you, her family and friends. 

Jun 24.20 from Disna Weerasinghe:

I was so shocked to learn Lisa’s passing through Klasko’s website. I have no idea that she was fighting with cancer. I got to know Lisa Through our professional organization, while we both were working at the Pro-bono committee of the Philadelphia chapter of AILA. She was a gentle soul and a kinder spirit. I remember we often talked on those days and even after she moved to NY to work for a law firm in NY. I cannot imagine that she has left the earth. She will be missed.
Deepest Sympathies to her family!!!

May 7.20 from Rueben Das:

Its hard to believe Lisa is no more. I just came to know about her passing away from her firm’s web page. Although I have never personally seen Lisa and only talked to her over phone in 2018 a couple of times regarding filing my green card application, I was taken away by the warmth, knowledge and loving personality of her. I mentioned that I would love to meet her in person. Although it never happened in this life I hope to convey my deepest gratitude in another life.
I had no idea Lisa was fighting her own battle with cancer while helping people like us. Its a big loss to the whole world. I grieve her loss with her family.

Apr 23.20 from The Randall Family:

Mr. & Mrs. Felix, Shauna & family, Matthew & family- I was so sorry to learn of Lisa’s passing along with the challenges she experienced the past 2.5yrs. I was so happy that Lisa was able to spend time at home in Warsaw with her family. Mr. Felix you & I both started our lives in Warsaw the same year and your family has always been a special part of my life. May God bless you all and help you find peace in knowing Lisa’s no longer in pain nor is she suffering. I know you will all be with her again and until then may each of you find comfort in knowing all that Lisa did and the hundreds of lives she helped. You will all continue to be in our thoughts and prayers…-Mark

Apr 16.20 from Renee Sexton (Standera) :

Lisa was full of smiles and laughter in the few times I was in her presence. In a family of shiny, happy, people, she was a star. My thoughts and prayers are with the Felix family. The world suffers a great loss in a person such as Lisa. Humanity needed more people like her.

Apr 14.20 from Sean McEntee:

I wanted to express my deepest condolences to Lisa’s family for her loss. Lisa was an absolute treasure and one of my all-time favorite people. Mentoring was in Lisa’s nature and she taught me a great deal in working with her at KILP for the past several years. Thinking of Lisa brings a reflexive smile to my face and brightens my day because she always carried such a positive and humorous demeanor, even in the most stressful of times. Some of my favorite “Lisa moments” over the years have been: 1) the time she had downloaded a fitness app that pinged her to do squats/jumping jacks/etc periodically, and when we put that into practice by breaking into a quick set of squats - (the “fountain of youth,” as she called them) - in the middle of a routine conference call; 2) the time she told me that she had gone home really late and tired the night prior and had eaten an entire bag of frozen apricots for dinner; 3) the time she gave me a persimmon, which I’d never heard of before, and I discovered that they were really good and for a while after we would buy each other some anytime we saw them at the store; and 4) anytime I would run into her on her various walks around center city on the weekends - she always seemed to be in the know on whatever action was happening around town. Lisa will always be an inspiration to me as a person, and I’ll miss all her hilarious stories and her outlook on life, not to mention her wise counsel as a friend and mentor.

Apr 13.20 from Mark Pickard:

Don and Maureen I am so sorry to hear of Lisa’s passing.  My deepest sympathies are with you and your entire family.  I will say a special prayer for your family this evening.  Take care!

Apr 13.20 from Martina Balazova:

I remember Lisa Felix to be wonderfully kind d human being ,helping my family getting green card and all documentation. WE never forgot her devotion and hard work .She will be truly missed.

Apr 13.20 from Shirley and Fred Humphrey :

Our deepest sympathy from our family to yours. Not alway fair.

Apr 11.20 from Leah R. Garnett:

Lisa was a bright light in the world. So compassionate, funny, kind, and present to others. I am so lucky to have been her friend and am better for it. I miss her more than words can express and will carry her with me always. Maureen, Don, and family, you are in my prayers.

Apr 11.20 from Corky and Scott Murphy:

We’re so sorry to hear of your daughter’s passing. May you feel God’s presence and peace.

Apr 9.20 from Sharon Chen:

Lisa (Flex) and I were great childhood friends. I remember the first time she walked into the school, about age 8?, her dad becoming the new principal in Warsaw. We became fast friends, and she did have great humor. I lost touch with her for some years, but was able to reconnect with her these last 6 months or so.. I will miss her a lot… I also dedicated my piano and orchestra work to her ‘Silence of the Moonlight’ . She loved music and the violin.

I share in your loss.. My sincere condolences..

Apr 9.20 from Carolanne Wilson:

My heart cries for you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss of Lisa. Take comfort in knowing she is in Jesus’ loving hands.
Carolanne Wilson

Apr 9.20 from Ron and Luella Krahl:

We knew Lisa as a vibrant, talented and lovely young woman.  Hew family has been very dear to us and we grieve with them.  The world has been blessed to have had her -just not long enough.

Apr 9.20 from Cynthia Martinez:

I was extremely lucky enough to have met and work with Lisa at Klasko. She was a shinning light whenever I would speak to her or see her in the office. Her infectious smile and positive energy truly made me appreciate life disregarding any circumstances. I truly believe anyone who has met Lisa will miss her greatly such as I myself. She was an angel on earth and I’m so thankful for the short time I got to know her.

Apr 9.20 from Tim Wilcox:

Prayers to the entire family, thinking of you all

Apr 8.20 from Annissa Cameron :

I worked with Lisa at Blank Rome in Philadelphia for 4 years. I will never forget her.

Apr 8.20 from Lynelle:

Don, Maureen, and all of Lisa’s family - as I’m sure you’ve realized, Lisa was liked and considered a friend by many people. So many of us have special memories that include Lisa. Hers was a life well lived.

Apr 8.20 from The Cookes:

Don. Maureen and Famikly,
So sorry to hear of Lisa’s passing. Our prayers are with you during this time.
With Sympathy,
Jen, Tom, Brianna and Joe Cooke

Apr 8.20 from Ron Klasko:

Among everyone at our firm, I may have known and admired Lisa the longest.  I collaborated with her when she was in the international office at U Penn, and I followed her career when she went into the private practice of immigration law.  I was so glad when she joined our firm.  Lisa was a valued attorney and colleague for many—not enough—years.  She was valued for being an excellent lawyer, but also for her compassion, her knowledge and concern for the international community at universities and, perhaps most at the front of my memory, her ever present cheerfulness and sense of humor.  I will always remember Lisa fondly.

Apr 8.20 from Rosanna Berardi:

I had the honor of working with Lisa at SUNY Buffalo over 20 years ago.  She was compassionate and kind.  Our paths crossed a few years ago and it was so good to catch up and hear her friendly voice.
May Lisa’s wisdom and spirit live on forever.

Rosanna Berardi/Berardi Immigration Law

Apr 8.20 from Marie-Elena Deeney:

Dear Maureen, Don and family, I was saddened to hear of the loss of your daughter Lisa. I did not know her, but I know you and she apparently inherited all the beautiful characteristics personified by you. I pray for peace and acceptance for all of you at this sad time.

Apr 8.20 from Susan Job:

My heart is with all of you during this sad time.  The first statement about the world becoming less witty, less intelligent, less kind and less empathetic is so true about my cousin.  It was always a joy seeing and being around Lisa and there was always laughs!  Healing wishes for the whole family.  Love Susan Solazzo Job

Apr 8.20 from Valentine Brown:

To Lisa’s Family,
She was a wonderful, dedicated, and fun immigration law colleague. Her commitment to helping immigrants become US citizens on a pro bono basis was unfailing. We will surely keep up the good work in her honor. Peace and prayers to you all.

Apr 8.20 from Valeria O. Huh:

Lisa was a blessing to everyone she met. She embodied kindness and love. She was an inspiration, not only in her strength of spirit and how she looks calmly and positively at the great burden that she carried with her, but also in how she took on every challenge in her life and her work. I was greatly touched and inspired every time I spoke to her and worked with her, and I will carry these experiences with me always. The world lost a great force of good, light, and positivism but I hope that we all carry her light and the experiences we gain through our acquaintance of someone so great with us to the world so others may know of her too and be better because of it.

My thoughts and prayers are with her family. She will be greatly missed.

Apr 8.20 from Kristin Peresta:

I had the pleasure to work with Lisa at Klasko.  I will miss her smile, her optimism and our office kitchen conversations. My thoughts are with Lisa’s family.

Apr 7.20 from Mary and Terry Daniel:

Maureen, Don and family
We are so sorry to hear about Lisa. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. She was an amazing person.  She will be greatly missed

Apr 7.20 from Chiwei Huang-Ma:

Indeed, the world became a little less witty, less intelligent, less kind, and a little less empathetic with the passing of Lisa. She will be greatly missed.

Apr 7.20 from Louis Pera:

I was lucky to have worked with Lisa at Klasko. Her kindness and bright spirit truly cannot be overstated. From her encouraging notes on cases to talks in the hallway, she made a positive impact at every interaction. I send my deepest condolences to Lisa’s loved ones, and I will be keeping her in my thoughts.

Apr 7.20 from Madison Gross:

Lisa was such a light at my workplace. I will miss our light-hearted conversations and friendly banter in the midst of what can sometimes be a hectic work environment. One of my first interactions with Lisa took place at a coworker’s baby shower. She tried my “wacky cake” (chocolate olive oil cake) and told me that it reminded her of her childhood. I will certainly be making a wacky cake soon and thinking of Lisa.

Apr 7.20 from Frank Brydzinski:

Such a warm and wonderful person.  She will be missed.

Apr 7.20 from Linda Ritter:

I am truly sorry for your loss. Lisa was a person who I loved and admired. Lisa’s charm, wit, warm smile and caring heart is what made her a great friend. She was always there when I needed to feel better. I will miss her more than she would have ever known.  The world has lost an amazing person but, gained an Angel to watch over us all.

Apr 7.20 from Caillean:

I only had the ability to work with Lisa once, but the encouragement and kindness she showed me left a lasting impression. My sincerest condolences to all who knew her.

Apr 7.20 from Michele Madera:

Lisa was an amazing friend, colleague and overall person. I will certainly miss her smile, jokes, and cheerful personality. My sincerest condolences to Lisa’s parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Apr 7.20 from Mike and Marilyn Kinney :

Don and Maureen,
    We were so sorry to hear the news of Lisa’s passing. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.  The world has lost such a special person.  We hope that your memories provide some level of comfort.
    With great sympathy,
      Mike and Marilyn

Apr 7.20 from Kathryn Craigmile:

Our hearts go out to you and your families for your loss…  The Craigmile and Casseri Families

Apr 7.20 from Susan Miller:

What a wonderfully fulfilling life Lisa led!!
My deepest, most heartfelt sympathy to Maureen, Don, and family.

Apr 6.20 from Dawn LUCKENBACH:

My deepest and warmest sympathy to Lisa’s family.  She will be misses.
Dawn Barretta Luckenbach

Apr 6.20 from Deacon Jack and Dorothy Kelly:

The Lord took one of His brightest stars home too early.  We extend our deepest sympathy to Don and Maureen, Shauna, and Matthew, as well and to Lisa’s niece and nephews.

Apr 5.20 from Li-Chen Chin:

Lisa was the epitome of joy, kindness, generosity, and intellect, and managed her illness with grace and positive attitude. She will be missed by many. Heaven got another angel.

Apr 5.20 from Thomas Uthup:

So very sorry to hear of Lisa’s passing. Knew her from her Binghamton days when she worked in the ISS office and I last saw her in Philly five or so years ago. My prayers for her and her family

Apr 5.20 from Joel K. Philip:

Lisa was a good friend and colleague always with a positive approach even through life’s adversities. She will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to Lisa’s family and friends. May God give you peace that surpasses all understanding.

Apr 5.20 from Dani Ascarelli:

She will be missed more than she can imagine.

Apr 5.20 from Annie O’Reilly:

Lisa sounds like a wonderful person, someone I would have enjoyed knowing. My heartfelt compassion goes out to Don and Maureen at this very difficult time. May God comfort her family always.