Beverly Jane Hillmer (nee Beadell)
March 19, 1929 – March 31, 2014
Beverly Jane Hillmer of Waukesha went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, March 31, 2014. She was born March 19, 1929, in Austin, Minn., to parents Lillian and Clarence Beadell, and there she married John Walter Hillmer at The First Baptist Church on June 16, 1950.
The two moved to Waukesha shortly thereafter for the sake of John’s job (and 41-year career) at the Waukesha Freeman. Later in life, Beverly worked as a teacher’s assistant for the Montessori Methods School of Waukesha, but her most enduring role was as wife, mother and matriarch of the expansive Hillmer clan. She served as hostess to all important family functions and had the right tablecloth for every occasion.
Beverly will forever be remembered as an evangelist. Her passion for sharing her Christian faith began as a teenager at a Billy Graham altar call and was later fueled by her involvement in the Austin-area Youth for Christ. From the beginning of Waukesha Bible Church (WBC) 64 years ago, she and John have been dedicated members at both its original location on East Avenue and its current site on Glendale Road.
She served in various ways at WBC, including the Awana and childcare ministries. Her children recall the Hillmer household as a “revolving door” for missionaries in need of a meal, a bed, or just a bit of fellowship. Walk-in guests were always welcome. For years, Beverly held backyard Bible Club meetings for neighborhood children.
She loved to travel and spent a healthy part of every July at a cabin “up North.” She had a favorite saying: “You’re on vacation – you can do whatever you want!” Beverly was never far from a deck of Rook cards or a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Her “Kroger room” was always well stocked with Wheaties.
Beverly leaves behind a large and loving family: her husband, John, of 64 years, her sister, four children and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She will be missed by her eldest daughter, Susan (Dennis) Henriksen and her perennial lunch partner, Arlene Henriksen, all from Waukesha; grandchildren Kristine (Joshua) Garroway and Nathan (Erin) Henriksen; and great-grandchildren Cyrus, Leo, Abner, Abigail and Lillian.
Her son, John David (Bonnie) Hillmer of Waukesha, celebrates Beverly’s life along with grandchildren Stacy (Jacob) Werkheiser, John Michael (Leah) Hillmer, Kimberlie and Melissa, and great-grandchild Evelyn.
Beverly’s witness and testimony lives on in her daughter Sandy (Charles) Hungerford of Spring Creek, Pa.,, and grandchildren Michelle, Timothy (Samantha) Hungerford, Christopher, Matthew, Shawn and Kyle.
Her youngest daughter, Penny (John) Quirk of Stevens Point, lifts up Beverly’s life work along with an extended family of rescued pets that left paw prints of love across their “grandma’s” heart.
Beverly is also survived by her sister Helen (Ralph) Nebergall, and nieces and nephews Marna (Phil) Whitney, Nancy (Martin) Priest, Richard (Jill) Hillmer, Carl (Shelley) Hillmer, Joy (Steve) Payne and James Nebergall. The children of her nieces and nephews were close to her heart as well: Brian, Carl Martin, Jennifer, Whitney and Naomi. She leaves behind many, many friends: all the saints at Waukesha Bible Church, her best friend, Nancee B., and innumerable souls whose lives were transformed by her faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Beverly was preceded in glory by her parents; her husband’s parents, Mildred and John Fredrick Hillmer; and her brother- and sister-in-law, Roy and Alyce Hillmer.
The visitation for Beverly will be held on April 4 from 4:00 PM to 5:45 PM, followed by a 6:00 PM memorial service, officiated by Pastor Pat Griffiths at Waukesha Bible Church, S53-W24079 Glendale Road, Waukesha.
In lieu of flowers, Beverly requested memorials be given to Waukesha Bible Church missionaries or missions of your choice.
The family would like to thank Dr. M. O’Sullivan along with the doctors, nurses and staff at Froedtert Hospital and the Zilber Family Hospice for the excellent care and kindness they provided.
Church and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 827-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions. To receive this obit/directions, text 1369219 to 414-301-6422.