Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Alumni Obituaries

Dcn. Francis Hillenbrand

Deacon Francis Henry Hillenbrand, 97, of
Evansville, Indiana, passed away Saturday, November 10, 2018 at University
Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (formerly known as Little Sisters of the

Francis was born in Evansville, Indiana on October 15, 1921 to the late Henry
Francis and Anna Irma "Sissie" (Schmadel) Hillenbrand. He was a 1940
graduate of Memorial High School. Francis attended Notre Dame on a football
scholarship and received education from several other colleges. He served in the United States Navy
during World War II as a Naval Aviator. Francis had a variety of work
experiences but was best known for his teaching and coaching at Mater Dei High
School. He also ran his own accounting business. Francis had an amazing sense
of humor and a joke for every occasion. His passion was reading. Francis was a
member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in the County and was a deacon throughout
the diocese of Evansville for many years. Francis worked at Catholic Charities
for 10 years and taught RCIA at Christ the King Catholic Church. He was very
active in the Garden Patch, Habitat, and Ohio Valley Hospice.

Francis is survived by his children, Connie Sokol (Richard) of Plantation, FL,
Sister Ann Francis Hillenbrand of Ferdinand, IN, Christina Hillenbrand, Gary
Hillenbrand both of Evansville, IN, John Hillenbrand (Gabriela) of Irvine, CA,
and Paul Hillenbrand (Joan) of Evansville, IN; sister, Jackie Garvey of
Indianapolis, IN; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and one due in
January; and his first great-great-grandchild due April 2019.

Francis was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy (Matthews) Hillenbrand; two
sons, Joseph Hillenbrand in infancy and Patrick Hillenbrand in 1989; foster
son, Antonio Garandes; and a brother-in-law, Larry Garvey.