Mary A. Hillerman (nee Swoboda), 63, of Washington, passed away at home on Monday, April 27, 2020. Mary was born on October 30, 1956, to Velma (nee Volkerding) and the late Louis Swoboda in Washington. She was united in marriage to John A. Hillerman on June 27, 1981, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church. Mary was a loving and dedicated wife and mother, who loved children and her nearly twenty-year career as a kindergarten teacher, founding the kindergarten program at St. Gertrude Catholic Grade School. She was an avid and talented quilter, constantly gaining new inspiration and techniques to challenge herself and try something new. She especially enjoyed her time with the St. Gertrude Church Quilting Group.
A private Funeral Mass and interment will be held at St. Gertrude Catholic Church and Cemetery. The family will hold a public memorial at a later time. Memorial donations are appreciated to the Miriam Foundation to fund special education services.
Mary is survived by her husband, John A. Hillerman of Washington; two children, Emily and John P. Hillerman of St. Charles; mother, Velma Swoboda of Washington; eleven siblings, Alexis Swoboda of Roswell, New Mexico, Ramona Dunlap and husband Dave of Webster Groves, Paula Fox of Columbia, Missouri, Rose Hanneken and husband Tom of Washington, Joe Swoboda of Washington, Martin Swoboda and wife Donna of Villa Ridge, Margaret Swoboda and husband Dennis of Oregon, Ernest Swoboda and wife Leesa of Beaufort, Leo Swoboda and wife Christy of Krakow, Ted Swoboda and wife Wendi of Union, and Cathy Cuttler and husband Nick of Fenton; two siblings-in-law, Diane Curran and husband Carey and Ken Hillerman and wife Rhonda, all of Krakow; mother-in-law, Irene Hillerman of Krakow; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Louis Swoboda; a brother, Jim Swoboda; and a brother-in-law, Ron Fox.
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