|Birth: ||Dec. 22, 1922|
|Death: ||May 30, 2005|
The daughter of John H. Hillen and Theresa Keim, Cecilia married Henry Bonner on 14 Apr 1945 in Brussels, Calhoun County, Illinois. He was a farmer, and they were the parents of 3 children including their first child, Theresa, who died in infancy.
Henry drowned when the family farm was flooded in April of 1969 and he went to retrieve some fishing nets. He fell out of his boat when it capsized and did not know how to swim. He was 54-years-old.
Cecilia was a homemaker and member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Meppen, Illinois. She belonged to the church's Altar Society.
Tragedy struck the family again when Cecilia's 27-year-old son, John, went boating with a friend on the Illinois River near where his father had drowned 9 years earlier. John stood up, lost his balance, fell into the water and drowned.
Cecilia died at her home at the age of 83 in 2005. She was survived by 1 daughter and son-in-law; 2 grandchildren and their spouses; 4 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Pete Hillen of Batchtown, Illinois; and 3 sisters, Florence Baltisberger of Phoenix, Arizona, Geraldine Stumpf of Brussels, Illinois, and Audrey Kiel of Atlas, Illinois.
In addition to her husband, infant daughter and son, Cecilia was also preceded in death by her parents; 1 brother, Ralph Hillen; and 3 sisters, Theresa Hillen, Helen Hillen and Rita Marie Hillen.
Visitation was held on 02 Jun 2005 with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. at Hanks-Gubser Funeral Home in Brussels, Illinois. Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. the following morning at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Meppen. Cecilia was buried next to her husband.
The family requested that memorials, if desired, be made to St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery or to a charity of one's choice.
Children: 2 daughters, 1 son.
Theresa Marie Bonner
(Living) Bonner Klaas
John Henry Bonner
Florence C. Hillen Baltisberger
Geraldine Hillen Stumpf
Audrey Hillen Kiel
Rita Marie Hillen
Ambrose C. "Pete" Hillen
John H. Hillen (1886 - 1975)
Theresa Keim Hillen (1899 - 1930)
Henry J. Bonner (1914 - 1969)*
Theresa Marie Bonner (1946 - 1946)*
John Henry Bonner (1951 - 1978)*
Helen Hillen (1920 - 1920)*
Theresa Hillen (1920 - 1920)*
Cecilia M. Hillen Bonner (1922 - 2005)
Ralph Hillen (1924 - 1927)*
Geraldine A. Hillen Stumpf (1925 - 2009)*
Rita Marie Hillen (1927 - 1930)*
Ambrose C. Hillen (1930 - 2005)*
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Saint Josephs Cemetery
Created by: Lynn Marie Vint
Record added: Mar 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67399888