Marissa: 618-295-2321 | New Athens: 618-475-2151 | Sparta & Tilden: 618-443-2139

Juanita Lea Hille

Juanita Lea Hille

Juanita Lea Hille, aged 90, of Burien, Wa. She went to her heavenly home on Friday August 18th, 2023, just 4 days of her 91th Birthday.

       She was born on August 22, 1932 in Willisville, Ill. To George and Eunice Kessel. She was their first child.

        Juanita graduated from Sparta Township High School in 1950. She married Kenneth George Hille on December 20th, 1952 in Sparta. He preceded her in death on May 22, 2015

       Her first job at age 16 was a waitress at The Bates Hotel in Sparta, Ill in the dining room. Then, at age 18, she worked as a telephone switch board operator in Sparta. She retired there shortly after 1973.  She then went to work at Fabricland in Sparta until 1977.

       In 1977, the family moved to Seattle, Wa. To be near their first Grandchild. She then worked at the Red Lion Inn as a banquet server.  She retired from there around 1990.

       Juanita was an accomplished artist and seamstress. She also designed and hand-crafted bears and dolls. She has left many beautiful pieces of art, bears, and dolls for her family, which we all treasure.

      Juanita is survived by her children, Lee Anne (Chris) Martin of Bakersfield, Ca. Mark (Janet) Hille of Bakersfield, Ca.  Natalie (Mike) Luthy of Tacoma,Wa. Owen (Dawn) Hille of Burien, Wa. 10 Grandchildren and 16 Great Grandchildren.

      She was also preceded in death by her parents, brother, Calvin Kessel and sister Patsy Glenn, one granddaughter and one great grandson.

      Her wish was to be cremated.  Committal Services will be at Union Cemetery in Sparta, IL on May 4, 2024 at 11:00 a.m.

Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, Illinois is in charge of arrangements

Share this...
  1. Laurie Rudloff Shain says:

    Leeann~~I never drive past the street where you lived without thinking of you all…We were so sad to see your moms passing. She was such a lovely lady! Love to you after so many years.

  2. Jenna Dippel Lambeth says:

    Lee Anne, l’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. I remember her working at Fabricland…my mom was a seamstress too, & l spent many hours in Fabricland with Mom, as she searched for patterns & the perfect fabric, to make my clothes, which l showed no interest in whatsoever! I wish she was here to whip a designer one-of-a-kind for me today…
    I didn’t realize you had so many siblings! Condolences to all of you…prayers for the peace of the Comforter to rest upon you all as you grieve, & that you all feel strength in the joy of the Lord as you share precious memories if both your mom and your dad.
    Love to you, dear friend, Lee Anne.

2 Comments

  1. Lee Anne, l’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. I remember her working at Fabricland…my mom was a seamstress too, & l spent many hours in Fabricland with Mom, as she searched for patterns & the perfect fabric, to make my clothes, which l showed no interest in whatsoever! I wish she was here to whip a designer one-of-a-kind for me today…
    I didn’t realize you had so many siblings! Condolences to all of you…prayers for the peace of the Comforter to rest upon you all as you grieve, & that you all feel strength in the joy of the Lord as you share precious memories if both your mom and your dad.
    Love to you, dear friend, Lee Anne.

    Reply
  2. Leeann~~I never drive past the street where you lived without thinking of you all…We were so sad to see your moms passing. She was such a lovely lady! Love to you after so many years.

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.