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Obituary: Catherine Ellen Hileman, Westport

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Catherine Ellen Hileman, 68, of Westport, passed away at 9:50 a.m. Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Morning Breeze Healthcare Center in Greensburg.

A Westport resident most of her life, she was born September 6, 1945, in Connersville, the daughter of Terrence and Margaret (Abel) Madigan. She graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1963, received her Bachelor of Science from Indiana State University in 1967 and her Master of Science in 1970 from Indiana State University

She taught first grade at Oak Hill School Corporation from 1967-1968, first grade at Clinton Prairie School Corporation from 1968-1969 and then retired from teaching first grade and kindergarten at Decatur County Community Schools where she taught from 1969 to 2002. She had also worked for Weight Watchers for several years.

She was a member of Westport United Methodist Church where she had taught Sunday School. She was also a member of Indiana Retired Teachers Association, Decatur County Retired Teachers, Women Educators of Decatur County and Indiana State Teachers Association. She enjoyed reading, sewing, knitting, needlepoint, taking books to the hospital for the Books for Babies program, and her membership with the Glory Girls.

She married David L. Hileman at First Methodist Church in Shelbyville on July 30, 1967, and he survives along with her daughter, Stephanie Ross of New Albany, and son, Terry (Autumn) Hileman of Columbus; and her grandchildren, Emilyn Grace Ross of New Albany and Ethan Finn Hileman of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Timothy Madigan.

The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 14, 2013, at Bass & Gasper Funeral Home in Westport with Pastor Maureen Walby officiating. A time for visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Following cremation, burial will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at Westport Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Alzheimer’s Association, Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, the American Cancer Society or the donor’s choice of charities.

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