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Hillestad, Louise C. (Lise), aged 80 of Fort Salonga New York and Pompano Beach Florida passed away January 5, 2013. She was born June 6, 1932 in Montreal Canada to Christian and Emma Gram-Knutsen and grew up in Bergen Norway. As an avid and passionate gardener she pursued horticultural accreditation and worked with the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. She also took great pride showing off her extensive garden and taking long walks in the neighborhood to get inspiration for her gardening. Lise is survived by her loving spouse of 54 years Hallvard J. Hillestad who lives in Hamden Connecticut, her two daughters, Elin Hillestad of Greenwich CT and Grethe Dahmen (Dirk) of Oberhausen Germany, her three granddaughters, Jana Dahmen, Nina Dahmen and Rebecca Hillestad, her brothers (Christian Gram-Knutsen (Anne-margrethe) of Bergen Norway and Per Gram-Knutsen (Hildegun) of Bergen Norway as well as many loving nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Riverside Connecticut on January 18, 2013 at 11AM. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (www.bbg.org). To leave an online condolence please visit www.leopgallaghergreenwich.com
Published in GreenwichTime on Jan. 13, 2013