Eleanor M. Hill

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Eleanor “Ellie” M. Hill, age 91, of Viroqua, WI, formerly of New Hampton, IA passed away on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at the Bethel Home in Viroqua. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, May 28, 2021 at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton with Father Brian Dellaert celebrating the mass. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in New Hampton. There will be a one hour visitation at the church prior to the funeral mass on Friday. Online Condolences may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to the family. She was born in Fort Atkinson, Iowa to Joseph and Mary Martinek. Ellie graduated from Decorah High School in 1947. She met and married her husband Robert William Hill on October 7, 1950. They made their home in New Hampton, Iowa for most of their married life. They later moved to Viroqua, Wisconsin to be near their daughter. Ellie was an active member of her church and was involved in politics and various volunteer activities such as Meals on Wheels, AARP tax prep and activities of Chickasaw County Home. She loved to work in her garden and flowers along with knitting for her family and friends. Elie is survived by her husband, Robert and their four daughters, Chris Radcliff of St. Paul, MN, Mary Jo Debner (Gary) of Keosauqua, IA, Jean (Jim) Cox of St. Charles, MO, and Margy (Ben) Burton of Chaseburg, WI. She is also survived by two sisters, Mildred Jacoby and Sister Ann Therese “Florence” Martinek and three brothers, Mark, Julius and Daniel Martinek. Ellie is also survived by eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Ellie was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, James P., Valerian, and James; two sisters, Lillian and Eileen and son-in-law, Joseph. She will always be remembered for her bright blue eyes, beautiful smile and generous heart. Thank you to the wonderful caring staff of Helping Hands, Maplewood Terrace and Bethel Home. Thank you also to St. Croix Hospice.

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  1. Bob, you have my deepest sympathy! I always enjoyed visiting Eleanor and you when I was growing up as neighbors and later on when I was Housing Director. She always enjoyed showing me pictures of the girls and their families when I would stop by with papers for you. You and the girls and their families are in my prayers.

  2. I am so sorry Jeannie & families. I remember coming over & she was such a nice lady. Mine & mom’s (Caroline Ohm) sincere condolences.

  3. Dear Bob, Chris, Jo, Jeanie & Margy–I am so sad to hear of Ellie passing. She was like a second mother to me. I have many great memories of her at the river, at the pool and at your home. Her loving and joyful spirit will stay with me always. May your wonderful memories of her carry you through this difficult time. Love Barbi Denner Cosgrove

  4. I am so sorry to hear of Ellie’s passing. She was a delight to work with at the Chickasaw Co. Home/ Heritage Residence. She was so much fun and so full of energy and truly cared about other people. I still remember stories she told and advice she gave and I can almost hear her laugh. She will be missed and remembered by many. Linda Tiemessen

  5. Sending condolences. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  6. Sent with love and remembrance, Chris, Rob and Ben Radcliffe, Jenni, Jason, Madeline, and Lynnea Fields

  7. May your memories give you peace and comfort as you remember Ellie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ellie will be lovingly remembered by all of us.

  9. What a fun lady to know. Sending prayers to all of Ellie’s family. May she rest in peace.

  10. Sending my sincere condolences to Bob and family from your high school classmate, Celine. I have such fond memories of our gatherings as classmates and spouses and Ellie’s sweet personality!💗

  11. Our sympathy to Bob and all of Ellie’s family for your loss. She had the nicest personality!

  12. Sending prayers and condolences to all of you girls and your families. Your mom was always such a good friend to my Grandma and my Mom. I still think of your Mom and Dad when I look out of the kitchen window. She was such a sweet lady. Rest in Peace, Ellie.

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