Carol A. Hilmes, age 78, of Carlyle, passed away Tuesday, February 3 at Carlyle Healthcare Center. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial for 78 year old Carol A. Hilmes will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 7 at St. Mary’s Church in Carlyle. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Trenton. Friends may call Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Zieren Funeral Home in Carlyle. Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Church, the Carlyle Athletic Boosters Club, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Carol was born on August 7, 1936, in Highland, Illinois, a daughter of Walter and Lucilda (Koch) Orlet, Sr. She married Bernard F. Hilmes on August 14, 1954, at St. Paul Church in Highland, and he survives in Carlyle.
Mrs. Hilmes is also survived by 7 sons – Dan Hilmes and wife Carol of Breese, Bob Hilmes and wife Peggy of Carlyle, Gary Hilmes of Trenton, Larry Hilmes and wife Marla of Carlyle, David Hilmes of Orlando, Steve Hilmes and wife Donna of Carlyle, and Bruce Hilmes and wife Stacy of Carlyle; her grandchildren – Jennifer Towell (Gary), Jonathan “JD” Hilmes (fiancé Vicki Langhauser), Brian Hilmes, Christopher Hilmes (Tara), Michael Hilmes (Jessica), Heather Florczyk (Justin), Charity Fuehne (Roger), Lauren and Katelyn Hilmes, Ashley Claridge, Ryan and Matthew Hilmes, and Bailey, Nathan and Natalie Hilmes. Also surviving are her great grandchildren – Luke and Olivia Hilmes, Lily and Caleb Towell, Aubrey and Amsey Florczyk, Savannah and Landen Fuehne, Cody, Jensen and Joshua Hilmes; a brother – Walter Orlet, Jr. and wife Mary Jane of Highland; and a brother-in-law – Herman Hilmes of Huntsville, Alabama.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Carol was a CNA for the Visiting Nurses Association and a member of St. Mary’s Church. She enjoyed sewing and quilting.
Zieren Funeral Home
1111 Clinton Street
Carlyle, Il 62231