Marilyn (Hillstead) Zillmer

July 18, 1937 ~ December 17, 2020 (age 83)


Marilyn Zillmer, age 83, of Wilson, Wisconsin died Thursday, December 17, 2020 at Park View Home in Woodville.

Visitation for Marilyn will be on Sunday, December 20, 2020 from 2-5 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Fellowship Hall in Woodville.  Masks and social/physical distancing required.

There will be a private family service which will be live streamed on the Zion Lutheran Facebook page on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 11 a.m.

Burial will be in Lone Pine Cemetery, Woodville.

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Marilyn was born July 18, 1937 to Edgar and Millie (Tollefson) Hillstead in Baldwin, Wisconsin.  She grew up and attended school in Woodville, graduating with the Class of 1955.

On September 17, 1960 Marilyn married Ron Zillmer at Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville.  They recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.

Marilyn and Ron lived on a hobby farm just outside of Woodville.  In her younger days, Marilyn was often out in the fields raking and bailing hay.  When Ron was busy in the fields, Marilyn always had meals ready for him and checked on him often.  Every day she packed Ron’s lunch box for work.

She worked at Citizen State Bank for 12 years and Sons Tool for 21 years before retiring.

Marilyn enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking and quilting.  She was a good cook and most notably known by family members for her home-made pies during the holidays.  She always had some kind of sweet on hand, especially cookies for the visiting great nieces and nephews.  Marilyn also enjoyed many trips with the fifth wheel down south to Florida or Arizona and even drove to Alaska one year.

Preceding her in death were her parents; brothers, Edward & Duane Hillstead, sister/brother-in-laws, Scott Ducklow, Lucille (Glen) Preble, Bernice (Eugene) Achterhof and Arlene (Roy) Somsen,

Survivors include husband Ron; children: Judy (Terry) Stone of Baldwin, Tim (Lisa) Zillmer of Lakeville MN, Greg (Kelly) Zillmer of River Falls; grandchildren: Nathan, Chelsea & Kayla Stone, Cody, Kallie, Connor, Meghan & Colin Zillmer.

Siblings: Bonnie (Bob) Klanderman; Dianne Ducklow; Karen (Greg) Riley; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Marilyn’s grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.


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December 20, 2020

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Zion Lutheran Church
221 Lockwood
Woodville, Wisconsin 54028

Private Services

Video is available for this event

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