Francis "Fred" Hilgart

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated for Francis "Fred" Hilgart of Grafton at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1619 Washington St., in Grafton.

Fred passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, on Monday, Oct. 22, 2007 at the age of 80.

Visitation will be held at the church on Friday, from 4:30 p.m. until the time of service.

Interment will take place at the church cemetery.

Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is serving the family.

Fred was born in Grafton on July 7, 1927, son of the late William and Iona (nee Graff) Hilgart.

He married Dorothy Gengler on May 29, 1949 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Thiensville.

Fred helped operate the family business, William Hilgart and Sons, for 40 years and was a member of the Rose-Harms American Legion Post in Grafton.

Fred is survived by his wife Dorothy of Grafton; his children Francis "Fritz" Jr. (Bonnie) of Grafton, Daniel (Diane) of Grafton, Susie (Andy) Runkel of Cedarburg and Charles (Sarah) of Grafton; brothers and sisters William (the late Dolores) of Pifield, Marceline (Leroy) Paul-in of Grafton, Marvelle (Robert) Eernisse of Grafton, Valeria Hilgart of Cedarburg, Bea-trice (the late Al) Blank of Florida, James (Lucy) of Grafton, Beverly (Eugene) Proefrock of Grafton and Marilyn (the late Leonard) Clemins of Grafton. He is further survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers memorials of your choice are appreciated.

For online condolences, please visit www.muellerfuneralhome.com.