Rosemary Katherine Hilfer – November 15, 1925 – December 26, 2020

Jan 13, 2021 | Obituaries | 4 comments

Rosemary Katherine Hilfer, 95, of Lakeside-Marblehead, and formerly of Cleveland, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 26, at Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton. She was born on Nov. 15, 1925 in Cleveland, the daughter of the late John P. and Phyllis (Biernacki) Wallace. On May 10, 1947 she married Clarence J. “Doc” Hilfer and he preceded her in death on June 3, 2011.

Rosemary worked as a librarian at Dunham Elementary School in Maple Heights, until her retirement. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marblehead as well as a member of the Danbury Senior Center. In her younger years she enjoyed square dancing and traveling the US with her husband. She did cross stitching, was an avid reader, and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. Most recently she enjoyed keeping in touch with her friends and relatives via her computer. Most importantly, she loved spending time with her family and friends.

Survivors include her daughter, Karen (Lee) Hendricks, Aurora; daughter-in-law, Arlene Hilfer, Ravenna; grandson, Matthew (Kim) Hilfer; great-grandchildren, Keri Lynn Hilfer, Kali Mae (Ryan) Kerschner, Kyle Hilfer; great-great-grandchildren, Madison and Thomas Vlasaty, Andrew Kerschner; nieces, Patricia Hilfer, Kathleen (James) Kosmala, Laureen (Timothy) Steele; nephew, Ronald (Lorraine) Hilfer; great-nieces and nephews, Michael (Stephanie) Kosmala, Nicolas (Vanessa) Kosmala, Christopher (Kate) Kosmala, Melanie Steele, Christine Steele, Rachel (Joseph) Cretella, Carolyn Hendricks; great-great-nieces and nephews, Sabrina and Lincoln Kosmala, Avery, Ella, Lucas and Benjamin Kosmala, Gianna and Alaina Cretella. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, Trevor Hilfer; and her cousin, Phyllis (Russell) Deacon.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m. until a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 822 Barclay Street, Marblehead, with Father Jim Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brook Park. Masks will be required and Social Distancing guidelines observed.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 4500 Rockside Road, Independence, Ohio 44131. Online condolences may be shared with the family at The Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home and Crematory, 216 Washington Street, Port Clinton, Ohio assisted the family with arrangements.

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  1. Nicki Natale/ Carey

    I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I was just thinking about your mom the other day. Condolences to you and your family Karen. ?

  2. John-Michael langa

    My mom, dad, and brothers join me in expressing heartfelt sympathy. Your mom was a wonderful neighbor: always kind, caring, fun, ready to help whomever was in need. I’ll always remember her smile. The Langas shared many happy times with Doc & Rosemary. You know, there’s probably some square dancing going on in Heaven. May she rest in peace. Sending love and prayers to the whole family .

  3. Lisa (Werner) Cullinane

    I would often think of Mrs. Hilfer fondly. I attended Dunham elementary, and she sparked my interest in mystery stories, beginning with Encyclopedia Brown. She was such a kind and lovely person. I pray your memories comfort you during this time and always.

  4. Cynthia Kiel

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. & Mrs. Hilfer would drive us to the away wrestling meets. They even drove us to Columbus one year!


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