June 29, 1922 ~ August 5, 2021

Born in: Chicago, IL
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Ann Parker Piktuzis Hillmann, of Asheville, North Carolina, died on August 5, 2021, at Deerfield Retirement Community. She had just celebrated her 99th birthday. She was the wife of the late Robert Dietrich Hillmann, Sr., the love of her life, to whom she was married for 63 years. Together they raised four devoted children, moved multiple times for business, prepared countless memorable gourmet feasts, and traveled the world.

Ann was born in 1922, the daughter of the late Marie (Yocius) and Stanley Piktuzis of Chicago, IL. Preceding her in death were her sister Christine Konstant (Leo) of Chicago, and sister Gloria and brother Richard, who died in childhood. She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Hillmann Shields (Richard) of Arden, NC, and Christine Hillmann Dowdle (Raymond) of Evanston, IL, and two sons, Robert Dietrich Hillmann, Jr. (Susan) of Raleigh, NC, and Richard Hillmann (the late Patricia) (Alexandra Canavos) of Arden, NC. She is survived by six grandchildren: Sara, Robert III, Katharine, Stephanie, Alena and Nicholas; and eight great-grandchildren: Ana Elise, Jack, Emma, Adalyn, Robert IV, Stephen Weeks, Frances Ann and Susannah.

Ann’s passions included art, music, travel, food and playing tennis and golf. An accomplished watercolorist, she studied under Larry Goldblatt and Helen Mueller of Long Island, New York, Eliot O’Hara of Washington, D.C., Christopher Shink of San Francisco, and Tom Lynch of Chicago. She exhibited in shows in North Carolina and New York and in recent years she accepted commissions for the rendering of private homes. Ann’s artwork was regularly featured in the gallery at Deerfield Retirement Community, and on annual calendars prized by family and friends.

Her love of music began in her teens; she was an organist and director of multiple choirs in Illinois and New York. Throughout her life Ann enjoyed playing the piano for her personal enjoyment and that of her family. She was bitten by the travel bug after graduating from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, when she went to work as a Stewardess for United Airlines both during and after World War II. She vividly remembered VE Day in New York City, when strangers kissed each other on Broadway. In later years she and her husband traveled extensively, including trips to Europe, China, Australia, and South America; she shared her experiences while a member of Travelers Club, where she served as President.

Ann loved to cook and was a member of the Asheville Bailliage of the Chaine de Rotisseurs. An avid lifelong tennis player, Ann won awards in both singles and doubles play; her second love was golf.

Ann was a longtime member of St. Barnabas Catholic Church. Due to Covid precautions, a private Mass of Christian Burial is planned. A live-streamed video of the Mass will be available on YouTube at: St Barnabas Catholic Church Arden NC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Barnabas, 109 Crescent Hill Rd, Arden, NC 28704.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Prayers for beautiful Mrs. Ann’s family. She was so kind to my father when he came to Deerfield. May your happy memories bring you all comfort. You are all in our prayers.

  2. Richard,
    I was saddened to learn of yor mother’s passing. She was a wonderful woman and what a full life she lived, 99 years old. We wil keep your family in our prayers.
    Thomas B. McMahon

  3. What a lady. She was everything; a wonderful friend, great fun to play tennis with, fabulous artist and musician. I have fond memories of her piano artistry at many parties. Her beautiful family is a real testament to her as a mother. All of you were so lucky to have her all these years. I was so happy to call her “friend”. Love to all, Joan Sussex. P.S. Ron and I always enjoyed our social encounters with both your Mom and Dad.


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