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Jeanette T. Hillyer

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Jeanette T. Hillyer
Jeanette T. Hillyer died on August 11, 2013.
She was born on June 22, 1931, to Jerome and Bernice (White) Majerus in Chicago, IL. She grew up on the family farm in Plainview, MN, and graduated from Plainview High School. She later attended nursing school in Chicago. On October 23, 1960, she married Charles (Fran) Hillyer at the Hess Home in Forestport, NY. Mr. Hillyer passed away on September 1, 1986. She raised three children and for many years was an engaging waitress at the Buffalo Head Hotel, primarily during the ownership of her dear friend, Howard Parsons. After her retirement from the Buffalo Head, she traveled through the states with her husband, visiting friends and family, after which they returned home to their beloved CNY. Her next career was back to what she did best, taking care of others. She worked for many years as a CNA at the Sunset Nursing Home ("C" side) in Boonville, NY. She was a warm, caring person who will be sorely missed by many.
Jeanette is survived by beloved children, Gretchen T. Chance, Milwaukee, OR, Paul R. (Debbie) Sasenbury, Sr., Tehachapi, CA, and Elizabeth M. (Michael) Morschauser, Whitesboro, NY; sisters, Joan Lee, Elba, MN, and Dorothy (Richard) Ryan, Rocklin, CA; nieces and nephews, Shirley (Benjamin) Baxter, Martin Lee, Diane Gleason, Patricia Brackett, Rick, David and Sharon Lee, Debra Feils, Barbara and Peter Cruz, and Gina and Michael Majerus; grandchildren, Dawn M. Dolan, Paul R. Sasenbury, Jr., Kristin T. (Thomas) Donegan, Christopher Sasenbury and Katherine J.H. Morschauser; step-grandchildren, Eric and Jeremy Domingue, Michael J. (Clare) Morschauser, Jr., Christine M. (Graig) Morin and Colleen R. (Scott) Garland; and her great-grandchildren, Alexis and Brooke Dolan, Emma and Tyler Donegan, Olivia M. Garland and Flynn C. Morschauser. She was predeceased by her parents; sister, Christine Cruz; brother, Jerome Majerus, Jr.; brother-in-law, Edgar Hillyer; and nephew, Carl Hillyer.
Relatives and friends are invited and may call on Friday from 4-7 p.m. at Surridge & Roberts Funeral Home, 470 French Rd., Utica. Funeral services will be on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, where a Memorial Mass will be celebrated.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the care and love given to Jeanette at St. Luke's Home, especially Sherri, Julian, Diane, Brandon, Priscilla, Betsy and all of the angels who cared for her on Barton West.
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Aug. 13 to Aug. 15, 2013
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