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LaValice M Hilbert
Dec. 23, 1925 - Sept. 27, 2017
Chilton, WI
Funeral Service:
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017
11:30 am
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
54 E Main St
Chilton, WI 53014
Funeral Visitation:
Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Vigil Prayer Service:
Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
7:30 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
Chilton, WI
LaValice M Hilbert
Chilton, WI
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LaValice Margaret “Mike” Hilbert, age 91, of Chilton was called to her heavenly home on September 27, 2017.  She passed peacefully at her home in Chilton among her family members after a brief illness. 

LaValice was born December 23, 1925 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Edwin and Ruth (Murray) Michels.  She met her husband, Clarence “CJ” Hilbert when he returned from serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II and began working for LaValice's father as a cheesemaker.  They raised their six children beginning their life together in DePere and later in Chilton.  Clarence preceded LaValice in death on March 10, 1994.  

LaValice had a strong passion for helping others and giving back to her community all her life.  After graduating high school at the age of 16, she worked as a secretary until she was old enough to enroll in nursing school.   She attended St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Marshfield, Wisconsin and trained to serve in World War II with the Cadet Nurse Corps.  When the family moved to Chilton in 1959, the brand new Calumet Memorial Hospital in Chilton needed Registered Nurses so LaValice continued her life of service at the hospital in Chilton where she worked until retiring in 1985.   LaValice was proud to be part of the nursing profession as an RN, a surgical supervisor, and in retirement volunteering with the Calumet Medical Center Auxiliary.  

LaValice's 30-year volunteer commitment to the Salvatorian Mission Warehouse in New Holstein continued until her death. She loved every minute of it.  She also volunteered at Ledgeview Nature Center in Chilton where she helped out with various activities and events going on throughout the year.  LaValice traveled extensively throughout the world and made meaningful friendships everywhere she went.  She was grateful every day for her wonderful friendships old and new.

LaValice's life was grounded by her faith.  She was an active member at Good Shepherd Catholic Church (previously Saint Mary's) and her faith provided her strength of body and mind to remain active until the end of her life - beginning and ending her days with prayer.  Her prayers (and word puzzles in the daily newspaper) kept her mind sharp and her family and friends who traveled with her (including trips to the casino every once in a while) kept her physically active and enjoying their company.  LaValice was also a devoted Brewer, Packer, and Badger fan.  If there was a game on, she enjoyed cheering her team to victory.  She had a competitive streak – especially when it came to games of Scrabble, Cribbage, or card games.  After they both retired, Clarence and LaValice would play one game of cribbage before dinner every night and they kept a running score sheet by the phone.  They played for a nickle a game and she let folks know that Clarence still owed her a quarter after their last game before he passed.     She may collect that quarter now that they are together in heaven and, with their many family and friends who have gone before, join a game of Scrabble, cribbage, bridge, or Sheepshead. 

LaValice often noted how she was blessed to be able to share the joy of her wonderful friendships over the years and she will be dearly missed.  

She will also be greatly missed by her family:  Tom (Cindy) Hilbert and son, Josh Howard; Midge (Dale Ross) Pfeffer and children Ben Pfeffer (Amy Arnold), Ronan, Devin and Jon (Tami) Pfeffer, Mason, Madelyne; Kris (Maynard) Johnson and children Aaron (Valerie) Epstein-Johnson, Lyra, Iris and Alec (Elma) Johnson, Lana, Nina; Clare (Tom) Larkin and son Chad (Alaina) Larkin; Bill (Julie) Hilbert and children Gina (David) Ziegelbauer, Audrey, and Maria (Art) Janowiak, Vivian, Julia, and Damian Hilbert, and Natalie Hilbert; and Mark Hilbert along with many neices and nephews.  She is further survived by a brother-in-law Bob Speich and brothers-in-law Edwin Hilbert and Ken Hilbert and sister-in-law Margaret Hilbert.  

LaValice was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son-in-law, Jim Pfeffer, and sister, Audrey Speich, many members of Clarence's family, and many dear friends.  

Funeral services will be at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Chilton with the Rev. Ryan Krueger officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.  Friends may call at Wieting Family Funeral Home in Chilton from 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM on Monday, October 2, 2017 and on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at Wieting Family Funeral home  from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  

A memorial fund has been establish in the name of LaValice Hilbert.  
 
Mom's Eulogy

We, the family of LaValice Hilbert, would like to express our thanks and gratitude for you your kind words and condolences here and, to so many, for your presence at Mom's wake and funeral. It is a great gift to my Mom and to the family and friends who will miss her so much. We can take comfort in knowing how many lives Mom touched and we are very grateful to you all.
The last few days, in trying to condense one amazing person's lifetime in to a brief eulogy and discern what Mom would want us to say to you all, we've spent a lot of time among Mom's things.
You all know that Mom's home was meticulously organized. Yet, she had her own “filing system” of grace, comfort, and strength to guide each day. Her mirror was surrounded by prayer cards and poems which she read each morning and evening as a form of prayer, reflection, and a gentle reminder of the important things in her life – namely her faith, her frienships (first among her friends was our dad Clarence) and her family.
The refrigerator was reserved for photos of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other loved ones to warm her heart.
And among the things near her desk, there was a collection of cards, clippings, articles, and readings on life, aging, and death that Mom had gathered over many years. At this difficult time, it has helped a small bit as solace in making some sense of this tremendous loss - to make our loss of her here on earth a bit more bearable - even funny at times.
Best of all, it reminds us that her spirit will still be among us, even after her passing.
It was neat to again feel Mom's strength and guidance even in her own death through these thing so Wietings has kindly made them available on this website as a PDF on Mom's obituary page (the wonders of technology). In case you ever want to feel close to Mom's amazing spirit again, you can find them here to think less of our loss and in remembrance of her life well lived.
Again, we're grateful that you made Mom's like so extraordinarily rich. Thank you and God bless you!

The Hilbert family (LaValice's children) - Oct. 6, 2017


Our sympathy t o Mike's family, may she rest in peace. Always enjoyed talking with her

Art and Joyce Kopf - Oct. 3, 2017


I loved this special lady. Many years of Xmas cards, after being friends with her daughter, Midge, and our last time together at her 90th B-Day celebration always brought a special feeling to my heart. Feeling sooo bad to have to miss the celebration of her life with her family and friends Oct. 3.
Midge feeling your loss and wishing I were there. Sandy

Sandy (Teske) Euclide (Friend) - Oct. 2, 2017


I'm so sorry for the loss of your Mom. I'm sure she is totally happy now beyond anything we could think of. I'm sorry I couldn't come to the funeral but I had a previous engagement that was difficult to change. I will be praying for you all at 11:30 on Tues for strength and peace for all of you. Sister Shirley

Sister Shirley Wagner (Medford) - Oct. 1, 2017


Mike was always a very dear friend to our family especially after our mother's passing. She will be greatly missed.

Karen(Vogt) Gerrits (Friend) - Oct. 1, 2017


Our sympathy to the entire Hilbert Family...Mike will truly be missed. She always gave me the impression that she was going to live forever. I would always ask her if she needs my help, her response was I'm fine let's help the others. Yes, casino trips were fun! Even though I usually lost, she always seemed to have luck! She spent many years without Clarence...so glad they are together again. Such a neat couple. Growing up he would always tease me about my dimbles and Mike was always a great cook. She took pride in the things she did best. She was always a sharp card player and wasn't afraid to say what was on her mind. She talked dearly of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Whenever I saw her she always asked me how Ashley was doing and most often wanted to help me with my Mom. She always said "If you need anything just call" . She has left a great mark on all of us. Thanks for being a great family friend...and I have to say when my dad passed and I would tell people Mom and Mike went somewhere, they thought Mom was with another guy until I would explain that it's her nickname. There's not many left in the cardclub...I love the picture I think it was taken down at the lake by the Mortimer's cottage. A lot of memories to cherish. All the pictures are great. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless you Mike.

Ann Konen (family friend) - Sept. 29, 2017


Mike was such a pleasure to be around. We always enjoyed our casino trip. This past July I had the joy of sitting next to her on our trip. We talked the entire way and I truly enjoyed her company. I grew up with Ben & Jon, so Mike always would share the memory she had of me with my hand on my hip saying, " Ohhhh Pfeffy" when Jim would joke around with me. Heaven has gained a true angel. Rest in peace, my friend.

Stephanie Garton (friend) - Sept. 29, 2017


Rest In Peace sweet lady. Didn't know your name for years, you were simply referred to as "Grandma Hilbert" ❤️ You were so loved and will be missed by all.

Bill, Julie and family...you are in our thoughts and prayers.

The Leitner's (Neighbors ) - Sept. 29, 2017


Grandma Mike was the most friendly and always a kind word and a story to tell us. She was a great woman and will be missed greatly!

Art & Kathy Janowiak - Sept. 28, 2017


So sorry to hear of Mikes passing. She was at the hospital when I first started there over 35 years ago. She was so friendly and caring. God bless the family.

Donna Christopherson (Friend and coworker) - Sept. 28, 2017


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