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Cecilia M. Hillen Bonner
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Birth: Dec. 22, 1922
Calhoun County
Illinois, USA
Death: May 30, 2005
Calhoun County
Illinois, USA

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.

Mother of:
Theresa Marie Bonner
(Living) Bonner Klaas
John Henry Bonner

Cecilia's siblings:
Florence C. Hillen Baltisberger
Theresa Hillen
Helen Hillen
Ralph Hillen
Geraldine Hillen Stumpf
Audrey Hillen Kiel
Rita Marie Hillen
Ambrose C. "Pete" Hillen
Family links: 
  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)*
*Calculated relationship
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Saint Josephs Cemetery
Calhoun County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Lynn Marie Vint
Record added: Mar 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67399888
Cecilia M. <i>Hillen</i> Bonner
Added by: Christianne LaMarsh
Cecilia M. <i>Hillen</i> Bonner
Added by: Lynn Marie Vint
Cecilia M. <i>Hillen</i> Bonner
Added by: Lynn Marie Vint
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