Denise R. Hillstrom, age 58, of Gilbert, MN, passed away Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, at her parent’s home, surrounded by family.
She was born June 2, 1957, in Wadena, to Leonard and Rosalie (Johnson) Auel; and grew up in McKinley and rural Gilbert.
Denise was a graduate of the Gilbert High School, Eveleth Vo-Tech, and Alexandria Vo-Tech.
She was a member of the Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato.
Denise is survived by her husband, Charles Hillstrom; step-children Anne (Nathan) Bassett, and Karl Hillstrom; parents Leonard and Rosalie Auel; siblings Keith (Anne) Auel, Devra Gooden, Jerome Auel, Renita (Brian) Moe, Joetta (Jody) Auel, Rozanne (Robert) Johnson, Tyler (Jessica) Auel, and Derek Auel; six grandchildren, Nicholas, Joshua, Erin, Lydia, Eian and Hope; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by stepson John Hillstrom; nephew Dominic Gooden; brother-in-law Don Gooden; and grandparents.
The funeral took place Monday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato, with Pastor Rob Edwards officiating. There was visitation for two hours prior to the service at the church.
Visitation continued Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., at the Landmark Funeral Home Chapel in Virginia, followed by interment at the Makinen Cemetery.
Arrangements were with the Landmark Funeral Home in Virgina.