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Rosalie C. Hilliard

Birth Date: June 12, 1935
Death Date: January 4, 2018

Rosalie Christina Hilliard, 82, of Decatur, passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018, at Fair Havens Christian Village, surrounded by her family.

Rose was born June 12, 1935, in Arcola, IL, to William and Christina (Karcher) Ewald. She married the love of her life, John H. Hilliard on April 30, 1955, in Decatur, IL. He passed away March 20, 2017. She was a dedicated wife and mother to her family.

After having children, she volunteered at St. James School while her children attended there. Rose loved watching her grandchildren’s school functions and sporting events, rarely missing events they were in. Rose and John continued to support St. Teresa sporting events long after their children were grown as honorary grandparents. She retired from the Herald & Review. After retiring, she volunteered with Catholic Charities. Rose also enjoyed her monthly gatherings with her St. Teresa classmates.

She is survived by her sons; John W. Hilliard (Jo) of Mt. Pulaski, David D. Hillard (Lori) of Oakley, Kevin A. Hilliard (Tammy) of Decatur, Brian L, Hilliard (Debi) of Murfreesboro, TN; daughters, Anne C. Blackburn (Jeff) of Decatur and Karen S. Houston (Quince) of Decatur; brother, William Ewald of Decatur; sisters, Helena Hadley of Decatur and Jean Muller (John) of Chesapeake Beach, MD;11 grandchildren, Christi Lotz, (Justin), Heidi Hilliard (John Kraska), Nick Blackburn (Taylor), Gabe Hilliard, Luke Hilliard, Miranda Hilliard, John Hilliard, Donell Hilliard, E.J. Hart (Gianny), Lester Hart and Kendall Hart; 7 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; two brothers, Michael Ewald and Charlie Ewald; two sisters, Rita McQueen and Mary Bryan.

Rose will be missed by all who knew her. There wasn’t a life she didn’t touch or a stranger she didn’t know. Her dedication to her family and friends is a great loss for all.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, January 8, 2018, at St. James Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, January 7, 2018, at Moran & Goebel Funeral Home. Burial will be in Brown Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association or Ss. James and Patrick Parish.

The family of Rose Hilliard is being served by Moran & Goebel Funeral Home, 2801 N. Monroe St. Decatur, IL. Please view the obituary online, send condolences, and share memories at www.moranandgoebel.com.

Visitation
January 7, 2018
1:00 pm
- 3:00 pm
Moran & Goebel Funeral Home
2801 North Monroe Street Decatur, Il 62526
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Mass of Christian Burial
January 8, 2018
10:00 am
St. James Catholic Church
725 E. Clay Street Decatur, IL 62521
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  1. Rose was a delight to be around. We worked together at the Herald & Review for too many years to count. Always pleasant to co-workers and customers. She was a credit to the newspaper. Very loyal worker and kept her nose to the grind all the time. Just found out about Rose's passing. So sorry and deepest sympathy to the family.

  2. I loved working with Rose at the Herald and Review many years ago. What a lovely lady!
    Annette Tertocha Mulholland

  3. Our prayers and love go out to the Hilliard family. We have many fond memories of Rose at all the kids football and basketball games. Rose and John were definitely loved by many people including us. Rest In Peace our friend! Cynthia & David Fitzgerald

  4. To my cousins, John, David, Kevin, Brian, Anne & Karen,

    I am so sorry for you loss. I loved your mom and dad a lot, they were warm, loving and caring people. Always talking about you guys or their grandkids when they visited us in Arizona. I pray for you all and know that she is now at peace with your dad.

    Love, Kathy Bryan Fennemore

  5. To my cousins, John, David, Kevin, Brian, Anne & Karen,

    I am so sorry for you loss. I loved your mom and dad a lot, they were warm, loving and caring people. Always talking about you guys or their grandkids when they visited us in Arizona. I pray for you all and know that she is now at peace with your dad.

    Love, Kathy Bryan Fennemore

  6. To: Brain Hilliard From: Timothy Thompson Bull Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and Prayers for you and your Family.

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