Mary L. “Mary Lou” Hillebrand

Mary L. “Mary Lou” Hillebrand, age 66 of Saint Jacob, IL, died Sunday, January 8, 2017, at her residence in Saint Jacob, IL.

She was born on Wednesday, March 8, 1950, in Saint Louis, MO, the daughter of Wilfred F. and Juanita B. (nee Horn) Luecke.

On Saturday, July 1, 1972, she married Robert Edward “Bo” Hillebrand at Spanish Lake, MO, who survives.

She was also a member of National Education Association (NEA and Missouri State Teacher’s Association.

Mary was born in St. Louis, MO. She attended Saint Louis Schools and graduated from Hazelwood High School in 1968. She received her Bachelor Degree at SW Missouri State and Master Degree at UM St. Louis with additional schooling at UM St. Louis. She taught business at Hazelwood School District in Hazelwood Central for 30 years. She retired in 2002 and moved to Illinois. She enjoyed bird watching, going on road trips with her husband and eco trip to Peru to see Machu Picchu and trips to Mexico. She liked to needlepoint and read. She enjoyed listening to her son play the double bass. She was a dedicated educator and loved teaching all of her life.

Survivors include:
Husband – Robert E. “Bo” Hillebrand, Saint Jacob, IL
Mother – Juanita Betty Luecke, nee Horn, Saint Louis, MO
Daughter – Laura E. Hillebrand, Hazelwood, MO
Son – Chris R. (Ashlee) Hillebrand, Rossville, GA
Step Grandchild – Kayden S. Locke, Rossville, GA
Step Grandchild – Madison A. Thomas, Rossville, GA
Step Grandchild – Mercedes N. Thomas, Rossville, GA
Sister – Evelyn Luecke, Troy, MO
Sister – Carolyn Luecke, Saint Louis, MO
Brother – Victor Luecke, Saint Louis, MO

She was preceded in death by:
Father – Wilfred F. Luecke

Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL and from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland, IL.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland, IL., with Rev. Christopher W. Hill, Senior Pastor, pastor, Highland, IL officiating.

Interment will be at Keystone Cemetery in Saint Jacob, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to ALS Association; Hospice of Southern Illinois.