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Kathleen Hilsman

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Kathleen 'Shorty' Hilsman, age 87 of New Hampton, Iowa died Sunday, April 24, 2016, at her home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 29, 2016, at Holy Family Parish, New Hampton with Rev. Mark Osterhaus celebrating the Mass. Lectors for the service will be Cindy Friedhof and Larry Geerts. Presenting the offertory gives will be Katie Rosonke, Caleb Rosonke and Mitch Rosonke. The I.C. Men's Choir will lead the congregation in song. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, New Hampton with Bob Weigel, Mike Weigel, Tom Schwickerath, Jim Schwickerath, Jim Lewis, Tim Lewis, John Schueller and Ronald Leichtman serving as pallbearers. Friends may greet the family 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2016, at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Friday. Kathleen Christine “Shorty” Hilsman was born December 28, 1928, in New Hampton, IA, the daughter of Albert J. and Catherine (Laures) Schueller. She received her education in rural country school and the former St. Mary’s School in New Hampton. As a young girl, she worked at the former Powell’s Variety Store in New Hampton. While at a local dance she met her future husband, Lavern Hilsman. The two were united in marriage on September 28, 1950, at St. Mary’s Church in New Hampton. Together the couple farmed near North Washington until retiring in 1986 and moving into New Hampton. Shorty and Lavern enjoyed their Carville Cabin for over 20 years. They were always eager to entertain family and friends and just loved having company for a visit. They enjoyed fishing and playing cards until early morning with all their extended family. Shorty will be remembered by her family for her bread-making skills. Memberships include Holy Family Parish and Rosary Society. Survivors include one sister, Delores “Dolly” Schwickerath; sister-in-law, Claudia Schueller of New Hampton; brother-in-law, Virgil (Mary) Hilsman of New Hampton; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews; great-great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her father and mother-in-law, Peter (Mary) Hilsman; her husband, Lavern on February 14, 2010, four sisters, Sally (Harold) Weigel, Henrietta (Mike) Elenz, Marie (Lloyd) Leichtman, Genevieve (Dale) Lewis; three brothers, Clarence Schueller, Lawrence (Camilla) Schueller and Celeste Schueller in infancy; brother-in-law, Virgil Schwickerath and sister-in-law, Evelyn (Leo) Hoffman.

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  1. Shorty was an amazing person and always had a smile. Shortys engaging personality was warm and welcoming. She made you feel like the most important person in the world. Lots of memories so I will try to keep this short.. As a kid I remember riding my bike to their farm outside of North Washington and coming up the long driveway and seeing her waiting with the door open and a cold refreshment (probably one of the few times it wasn’t a beer, lol) A few years later they were one of the first to buy a cabin @ Carville. They were always trendsetters, Lots of memories created their that will continue for generations I was so lucky to spend many Holidays with Shorty, it was like having another Grandmother. As i got older the ‘refreshments’ changed. I tried to stop in and see them when i got back home. Didnt matter what time of the day (or morning) it was I always had to have a shot of something or a beer. Wish i could be back home to celebrate her life with you all. I’ll raise my glass and join you in a toast to the great life of Shorty Hilsman! Cory Crawford

  2. I am so glad I got to know you.You are a lovely lady and always had a smile on your face.I will miss greeting you a beauty shop and Fareway . God Bless you, Gloria Parks and Brenda Parks

  3. Shorty was a true delight to greet, she has such a beautiful smile and fun laughter! I will miss seeing her. My sympathy to you all. Sharon Trewin

  4. I am truly going to miss this great lady!! She always had a hug for me every time she saw me. Breaks my heart to see she is gone, but thankful she is a special angel in heaven! Thoughts and prayers to all that loved her!

  5. Shorty has always been a great friend to my mother, Lillian Rolfes. Mom and her had may fun times together over the years. Sympathy to her family.

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