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Verla I. Hillestad

Mrs. Verla I. Hillestad, 91, a former New Glarus resident, passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2008, at the Monroe Clinic Hospital. She was born on March 17, 1917, in the train depot in Huxley, Iowa to her parents Charles and Edna Irene (Smith) Whit...

Mrs. Verla I. Hillestad, 91, a former New Glarus resident, passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2008, at the Monroe Clinic Hospital.

She was born on March 17, 1917, in the train depot in Huxley, Iowa to her parents Charles and Edna Irene (Smith) White. Verla grew up the daughter of a railroad station master and lived in several towns throughout Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. She was a graduate of DeForest High School. Verla attended vocational school for secretarial training in Seattle, while living with her cousin. On April 19, 1941, she married William K. Hillestad in Dubuque, Iowa.

Verla worked as a secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for 15 years. She also was a proofreader for the New Glarus Post and the Swiss Church Spire. Verla was a member of the Swiss United Church of Christ in New Glarus, Stuessy-Kuenzi American Legion Auxiliary, Swiss Church Ladies Aid and Women's Guild, Alpine Club. Verla and her husband enjoyed traveling the country and camping in their RV, they were both members of the Good Sam Club. After her husband passed away Verla continued her travels with trips to Alaska, Florida, and Branson, Mo. She was proud to have visited every state of the Union except for Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Verla also enjoyed sewing, quilting and crocheting.

Verla is survived by her two sons Richard (Judy) Hillestad of Topanga, Calif., and Robert (LuAnn) Hillestad of Appleton; a daughter Virginia Rubin of Los Angeles; seven grandchildren Jennifer (Kent) Stevenson, Jesse Hillestad, Jason Hillestad, Robin Hillestad, Stephanie Rubin, Griffin Klema, and Renate Poelman; four great-grandchildren Damon, Javen, Areli, and Savannah; and a sister Alice (Rudy) Wegert of Poynette, Wis.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William, brothers Wendell, Lloyd, and Gale White.

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A memorial service was held at 11 today at the Swiss United Church of Christ, 18 Fifth Ave., New Glarus, with the Rev. Meg Shepherd and Pastor Petra Streiff officiating.

A memorial fund to mental health and cancer research has been established.

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