Frances Hilkemeyer
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Family and friends of Frances Hilkemeyer, 76, of Tucson, Arizona gained a new angel to watch over them when her four-year struggle with Alzheimer's ended on June 23, 2020.

Francie was a miracle-worker whose can-do attitude made her a renaissance woman of many skills and talents including - architecture, interior design, landscaping and construction, entrepreneurship, cooking and baking, fashion, drawing, painting and poetry, volunteer leadership, counseling, animal husbandry, and much more. She was always eager to provide what anyone needed - especially food - including a huge Christmas spread with her famous sugar cookies, candies, chicken tacos and tamales.Married for 56 adventurous years to her first-grade friend, James "Jim" Hilkemeyer, she was an incredible mother to her children, Heidi Kirkland (Doug), Kristin Linne (Pat), Erich Hilkemeyer (Katie) and Gerhard Hilkemeyer (Tina). One of her greatest joys was being with her ten grandkids, Tyler, Kelsea, Paige, Trainor, Colin, Liesel, Austin, Allison, Hayden and Gretchen, who called her G'ma.

Francie's strong faith and remarkable intellect endowed those close to her with spiritual wisdom to last generations. Her incredible smile, joyful attitude, self-less generosity and creative energy inspired every person she knew. Her family and friends, who will miss her greatly, are comforted that Francie is Francie again. Mom, G'ma, Francie - Peace be with you!

Information about a celebration of life will follow at a later date when we can give her proper tribute. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Tucson Walk to End Alzheimer's (Francie's Fans.) Arrangements are being handled by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL.

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Published in Arizona Daily Star on Jun. 28, 2020.
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July 9, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. I have many fond memories of Francie and her family> May God bless you all with his love and peace.
Ruth A. Furfaro
July 2, 2020
i love this picture of a truly amazing woman who was like a 2nd mom to me throughout my life. ❤

So many happy memories of time spent with Francie and family.

Looking forward to the celebration of life to share hugs and stories.

Michelle McLoughlin
June 29, 2020
To the Hilkemeyer and Jaskoski Families:
My heart goes out to you as you say goodbye to Frances. What a beautiful legacy she leaves behind! Remembering the high school summers Frances and I spent working at St. Ambrose pool brings back many fond memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Anne (Schroff) King
June 28, 2020
Jim and sorry for your loss. I remember Francie as a kind and giving person...always elegant lady. Rest in peace...Neil Thrall and family.
Neil Thrall
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