Hillerian passed away peacefully at Angel’s Grace Hospice on
March 29, 2017, at the age of 77, after a 20 year battle with cancer.
He was the beloved partner of Maureen Kania Swokowski and a devoted father to Kim Monibi, Shawn (Tom) Byom, Tamara Gallinger, and Brent (Ayn) Hess. He was also a step-father to Steven (Carrie) Lenox, Stephanie Ritter-Hess, and Holly (Jess) Spiegelhoff and a loving brother of Eugene (Lynn) Hess. Hillerian also had the privilege of being the cherished grandfather to 18 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his nieces and nephew, Maureen’s children, and numerous friends. He will be forever loved and missed by all of them.
Hillerian was born in Berlin, Wisconsin on January 3, 1940. He graduated
from the University of Madison with a Culinary Degree and went on to use
his skills as an executive chef at Lake Lawn Lodge. It was there that he perfected his craft in cooking, baking, and ice sculpting and even proudly made his daughter’s wedding cakes. He also worked at Sta-Rite in Delevan, Wisconsin for many years but retired early so he could pursue his dreams.
Hillerian loved travel, sports cars, practical jokes, and the Northwoods.
This led to his purchase of the Woodland’s Resort in Sayner, Wisconsin,
which he proudly owned for 35 years. He held a special place in his heart for his customers and friends who enriched his life in this beautiful place.
Hillerian Hess was preceded in death by his wife of 23 years, Karel Hess,
his father Hillerian, and his mother Grace.
The visitation will be at Evert-Luko Funeral Home in Hartland, Wisconsin
on April 8th. Visitation will be at 11:30 am and the memorial service will be at
1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Angel’s Grace Hospice
in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.