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Corey Hilber(1985 - 2012)

Hilber, Corey J.

Corey James Hilber died suddenly and unexpectedly on December 15, 2012. A wake will be held Thursday at Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home in Marshfield from 4 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Marshfield.

Corey was born on August 12, 1985 to Donna and Richard Hilber in Marshfield, WI. He was a 2004 graduate of Marshfield High School, and he graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2008 with a degree in mathematics and economics. From March 2009 to May 2011, Corey volunteered with the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan, working with local organizations to improve living conditions in his region. Upon his return to the states, he lived in Chicago - the 'Windy Apple,' as he called it - with friends and fellow Peace Corps volunteers.

Corey was a genuinely loving and thoughtful person. He was quick-witted and charismatic, fast to make lifelong friends. He had a passion for helping others - both abroad teaching English in Japan and volunteering in Kyrgystan, and at home mentoring high school students and planting community gardens. His love for travel was ignited during a semester abroad in 2006, living in Växjö, Sweden, during his sophomore year in college. Here, he made friends the world over and saw much of it, too. Most recently Corey focused his time on local food production and urban agriculture in the Chicago area. He kept a backyard garden and shared its bounty with people from all walks of life. His curry-making skills were legendary.

Above all else, Corey sincerely cared about his friends and family. He loved a good adventure and knew the value of a good goof. He enjoyed serenading all those in earshot with the sweet sounds of his accordion and often instigated sing-alongs with friends and strangers alike. His zest for life and generosity to his friends and family will never be forgotten.

Corey is lovingly survived by his mother Donna Hilber (James Rogney), brothers Michael and Jacob, and grandmothers Janet Williams and Elaine Bushman. He is further survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and a worldwide network of friends. Corey was preceded in death by his father and grandfathers.

Online condolences may be made at www.hansenschillingfuneralhome.com

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Published in the Marshfield News Herald on Dec. 19, 2012
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