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Jeanette T. Hill

September 20, 2019 | 5 comments

Jeanette T. Hill, 96, of Onalaska died Wednesday, September 18, at Mulder Health Care. She was born August 10, 1923 to William and Nettie (La Mere) Wolford in Prairie du Chien, WI. After graduating from Prairie High School, she worked for Frank Antoine in his law office. In 1942, she volunteered as a WAVE. She left for New York to attend Hunter College, then to Oklahoma A&M University. She was assigned to the Bureau of Ships in Washington, DC during World War II.

In 1951, Jeanette married Donald J. Hill, a chemical engineer with Trane Company. They had six sons. While raising their sons, Jeanette volunteered at their schools and at church. After the youngest started school she attended UW-L, graduating with degrees in English and history. She taught in the La Crosse school system for several years. Later, Jeanette became a realtor with the Wheeler Company.

Jeanette had a long history of community service. After retiring, she volunteered at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital. When La Crosse Visiting Nurses began a hospice program, she served on the board as well as comforted the dying. While living at Eagle Crest, Jeanette always had time to help neighbors and friends.

Jeanette is survived by five sons, Thomas, Michael (Jane Olson), Gregory (Yuan), Donald Jr., and Howard (Tarah); also six grandchildren, Tom Jr., Jenni, Kevin, Summer, Owen and Adan; and four great-grandchildren. Also special nephews Nick (Karen) Moran and Rick (Edith) Kadlec, a sister-in-law Madonna Wachter, many nieces and nephews and very dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Don, a son Patrick, grandson Scot, daughter-in-law Sue, four sisters, two brothers and two half-brothers.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 11 AM in the Gathering Place, 133 Mason St, Onalaska, with visitation being held from 10 AM until the time of the service. Deacon Frank Abnet will officiate. Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www. couleecremation.com.



  1. Nicholas L Moran

    We will miss you Jeanette, as you were a special person to us. You were an aunt and sister to me as I grew up with you and the other Wolford children. Our talks and visits over these past few years were always so important to us.

    To all your sons and their wives and children we send condolences and love. Your mom was always proud of you and your accomplishments in life.

    Nick and Karen Moran
    Tucson, AZ

  2. Linda Arlt

    Such a wonderful woman. Full of energy and never slowed down. She was such a close friend to my Mom and Dad. May they have lots of games of bridge now!

  3. Jim Harriman, Jr

    Don, my condolences to your entire family and you on your mom’s passing. I remember her from the St. Pius years when we were young. She had a very rich and giving life. God Bless her.

  4. Jane Hill

    Very sorry for your loss – My prayers are with your family.

  5. Nancy Ramquist

    I’m very sorry for your loss. Jeannette was such an upbeat, positive person who always had a smile for everyone! She was a dear friend to my mother for many years and they enjoyed so many activities together at Eagle Crest, including weekly aerobics all the way through their 90s. Such an inspiration!

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