Dorothy M. Hilgart, 84

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated for Dorothy (Dorts) M. Hilgart of Grafton at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1619 Washington St., in Grafton.

Dorts passed away at Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee surrounded by her family on Monday, June 20, 2011, at the age of 84, just three days short of her 85th birthday.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 24, 2011, at Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory, 979 N. Green Bay Road, Grafton, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1619 Washington

St., Grafton, from 8:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2011, following the Mass at the church cemetery.

Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory in Cedarburg is serving the family.

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Dorts was born on June 23, 1926, the daughter of Sylvester and Agnes (nee Noonan) Gengler, who preceded her in death.

She married Francis "Fred" Hilgart on May 28, 1949, at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Thiensville.

Dorts loved people and it showed. She retired as a school crossing guard after 25 years for the village of Grafton, protecting all the children on their way to and from school. In her later years She also worked for Washington Heights Assisted Living in Grafton, where she developed many close and lasting relationships with not only the residents, but with her fellow employees.

She had a heart of gold as showed in her unconditional love for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved bowling and did all sorts of arts and crafts.

Dorts is survived by her children, Francis Jr. "Fritz" (Bonnie) of Grafton, Daniel (Diane) of Grafton, Suzie (Andy) Runkel of Cedarburg and Chuck (Sarah) of Grafton. Dorts was the dear sister of Pearl (the late Bill) Gierach of Cedarburg and Melvin Gengler of Florida. She is further survived by 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.

In lieu of flowers memorials of your choice are appreciated.