Patricia “Patty” Hillmann passed away on Friday, September 14, 2018 at her home in Biltmore Lake, NC.
She was born on April 26, 1957 in Adrian, Michigan. Patty graduated from Marquette University in 1980, where she met the love of her life, Richard “Dick” Hillmann. They were married at The Church of Gesu on the Marquette campus on August 16, 1980. Patty culminated her 25 year career at Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee, WI as Director of Operations. Patty loved to travel, and to entertain family and friends with good food, fine wine, and music. Patty exhibited endless patience in listening to Dick’s recap of his golf exploits.
Patty will be greatly missed by her beloved husband of 38 years, Dick Hillmann; beloved mother-in-law, Ann Hillmann; sister-in-law, Pat Hillmann Shields (Richard); brother-in-law, Robert D. Hillmann II (Susan); sister-in-law, Christine Hillmann Dowdle (Raymond); nieces Sara Massie Blazquez (Manu), Katharine Chalk (Stephen), Stephanie Davis (Jon), Alena Dowdle; nephews Robert D. Hillmann III (Lynsey), Nicholas Dowdle; parents, Kenneth and Dorothy Grenquist; sister, Debbie Grenquist; brother, Mark Grenquist; sister-in-law Janelle Flowers Grenquist; nephew and godson, Luke Grenquist; niece and goddaughter, April Grenquist Blair (Jamie); nephews Paschal Grenquist (Yuuka) and Van Grenquist (Nadya); many great nieces and nephews and cousins; dear friends Kathy and Dale Grahn, and Tom and Connie Keller; and numerous lifelong Marquette friends, as well as many friends in Milwaukee, WI, Green Lake, WI, and Asheville, NC.
Patty is preceded in death by her beloved grandparents, Irma and Kenneth Grenquist; father-in-law, Robert D. Hillmann, Sr.; and brother, David Grenquist.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joan of Arc Church, 768 Asbury Rd, Candler, NC on Friday, September 21 at 4 PM, immediately followed by a reception in the church hall.
There will be a Celebration of Patty’s Life on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 10:30 AM at the Chapel at Pilgrim Center, W1010 Spring Grove Rd, Ripon, WI. A reception will follow immediately at The Goose Blind in Green Lake.
In lieu of flowers, Dick requests that donations be made in Patty’s memory to the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest, 13100 West Lisbon Rd, Suite 700, Brookfield, WI 53005.
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian in Arden, NC is assisting the family.