PRAIRIE DU SAC- Edward F. Hilgendorf, age 80 passed away on November 30, 2012. He was born on September 2, 1932, in the town of Marxville to Fred & Minnie (Marking) Hilgendorf. He attended Black Earth & Middleton High Schools. He enlisted in the army in 1950, had his basic training at Camp McCoy and was then shipped to Korea. He served on Heartbreak Ridge and near the 38th Parallel. He earned among others the good conduct medal and 2 bronze stars. He was discharged in 1953 & went to school as an apprentice painter. He retired as a painter at the VA Hospital after working there for over 20 years. He belonged to the Cross Plains Middleton Legion Post 245 for 58 years.
In July of 1954 he married Patricia Eckstein at St. Norberts Catholic Church in Roxbury. In 2004 mom & dad celebrated their 50th anniversary. Dad loved to fish, hunt, go to HoChunk, watch Badger & Packer games and was always working on something in the garage or tending to his beautiful flowers. He especially enjoyed mom’s cooking.
He is survived by a daughter Suzanne (Richard) Nesvacil, Prairie Du Sac, granddaughter Jessica Flint and great grandchildren Amiah & Taylor, Prairie Du Sac, and step-grandson Keegan Nesvacil, Atlanta, Georgia. He is also survived by his sisters Irene Schwenn, Cross Plains; Dorothy Miller, Madison and Lavonne Shipley of Middleton. He is further survived by sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws Deloris Hicks, Sauk City; Vera Denu, Mazomanie; Sunny (Sonya) Eckstein, Sauk City; Virginia & Roger Rowe, Verona; Sharon & Stanley Frosch, Sauk City, any many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia, his parents, sister Anna Mae & her husband Russell Schwenn; sister Lucille & her husband Fritz Tritton, brother-in-laws Kenneth Schwenn & Eugene Shipley, sister-in-law Darlene Hilgendorf, father & mother-in-law Joseph & Valeria Eckstein, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Jane & Melvin Schwartz, brothers-in-law Lavern Eckstein, Norman Hicks, Roy Denu and Duane Frosch.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. BERNARDS CATHOLIC CHURCH 7450 University Ave, Middleton on Tuesday, December 6, 2012 at 11 am with Monsignor Douglas Duschack presiding. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON WEST FUNERAL HOME 7435 University Ave, Middleton on Monday, December 5, 2012 from 4-8 pm and also from 10 am until the time of service on Tuesday. A military burial will be held at Sunset Memory Gardens.
The family would like to thank Dr. Daniel Jarzemsky and his staff, Home Health United Hospice and Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital for their compassion and care during dad’s battle with bladder cancer.