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Sandra Irene Hilton

October 12, 2021 | 13 comments

Sandra Irene (Pierce) Hilton , 65 of Trempealeau, WI passed away suddenly on October 11 th , 2021. Sandy was born to Don and Myrtle “Tiny” Pierce on August 7 th , 1956. The middle of seven children, helping on the farm, milking cows, bailing hay; and assisting in the upbringing of the younger siblings, paved the way for Sandy to lead the life she absolutely loved and treasured so much! Sandy met the love of her life, Mike Hilton, on a blind date. The two wed on October 11 th , 1975, at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Onalaska, WI, where she continued practicing her faith until the day she was called home. Sandy and Mike, together, raised their four children, were foster parents to three, and she shared her love of mothering to countless children through her in-home daycare she ran for nearly 45 years. In true Sandy style, she demonstrated a remarkable grandmother role to her 12 grandchildren: Madison, Brianna, Melana, Benjamin, Andrew, Ella, Cooper, Jaylen, Jenessa, Jessalyn, Gunner and Brinlee as well as one “grandpup” Tucker. Sandy loved camping with her family, a spontaneous fire in the yard, doing dishes by hand (because most often she refused to use the dishwasher), playing 80 hands of euchre with family and friends, and her Green Bay Packers! Above all else, Sandy’s most valuable treasure was not only those who were “relation,” but also those who she accepted into her “extended family”, including the countless daycare children and their families as well. Sandy also committed her life to serving both for her family and her community. One of her most valued and honored gifts she contributed was her involvement in the “Gather Everyone Together” (G-E-T) free community Thanksgiving dinner, with help from some of her close friends and the “Kooky Babes” for the last 15 years. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and those whose lives she has touched! Sandy is survived by her husband, Mike, her four children, Jason (Melissa) Hilton of Trempealeau, Amy (Doug) Brenengen of Galesville, Brad Hilton of Trempealeau, and Tony (Lindsey) Hilton of Holmen, her grandchildren, her mother-in-law, Peggy, siblings: Jerry, Jeff, Dennis, Julie, Barb and Steve and many nieces and nephews. Sandy is preceded in death by her mother and father, father-in-law Wendell Hilton and a daughter born and passed March 7, 1979. Funeral Services will be held at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Onalaska on Friday, October 15 th , 2021 at 10:30 with visitation beginning at 9:00. She will be laid to her final resting place on Wednesday, October 20 th , 2021 at the Trempealeau Catholic Cemetery.




  1. Dawn Frahm

    Julie Erickson & Family:

    My condolences to you are your family. Your sister will always be in the memories in your heart. God Bless….


    • Julie

      Thank you for the kind words Dawn. One day at a time.

  2. Scott & Judy Lee

    We are so very sorry. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.

    • Lee & Julie Schindler

      Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless.

  3. Tom & Sandra Stingl

    Tom & I are greatly saddened by the news that we have lost not only a classmate, but a kind & positive person,Sandy, who was a friend to so many.Our thoughts&prayers go out to the entire family&all that are touched by this untimely loss.Cheer on those Packers with the angels, Sandy!

  4. Michael Hammond

    I have wonderful childhood memories of our families being together. Thoughts and prayers to all there.

    • Julie

      Was great to see you Mike. Take care.

  5. Mary Noah

    Sincere condolences to the entire Pierce & Hilton Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time!

  6. Deborah J Pierce-Johnson

    Hello to the Hilton and Pierce families. I am so saddened to hear of Sandy’s passing. I know all of you will miss your dear wife, Mom, sister and friend. I heard she filled her 65 years with love, laughter, and family. She’s left behind wonderful memories of a life well-lived. I will to continue to hold you in my prayers.


    Deb Pierce-Johnson
    Cousin (daughter of Frank Pierce…Don’s brother)

  7. Marilyn Reedy

    Sending our prayers and our deepest sympathy. What a special lady!!
    Jim, Marilyn, Prentice & Tyler Reedy

  8. Patti Erickson Whitebird

    Prayers and sympathy to all from our family. Rest in peace, Sandy.

    • Julie

      Thank you for the kind words. One day at a time.

  9. carol ,ed,beth,chris,jeremy sagan

    Heartbroken on hearing of Sandy’s passing. She and the family became part of ours when we were neighbors and became friends so long ago. I am unable to express the loss all our family is feeling right now. A beloved person taken to soon.


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