Deanna Hilpert

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Deanna L. Hilpert, nee Webster, 78, of Swansea, IL, born August 12, 1945, in Carbondale, IL, died Sunday, September 17, 2023, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL, surrounded by her family.

Dee, as she was known to most, lived her life with kindness and generosity, which was fully evident by always putting others before herself. She worked for many years as the office manager at Wolf Branch School, Swansea, IL, where she wore many different hats. She retired in 2006, allowing her to spend time with her children and growing number of grandchildren. One of her greatest joys was supporting them while participating in athletics. Despite having eleven grandchildren, she always made each one feel special and greatly loved. Dee exemplified a positive attitude in life even when she encountered many obstacles. Her legacy of selflessness and her unwavering support for her family will live on in the hearts of those she touched.

She was preceded in death by her father, Vernon Webster; her mother, Olive, nee Brown, DeRousse; her stepfather, Arthur DeRousse; and her brother, Craig Webster.

Surviving are her loving husband of 60 years, Bob Hilpert; four children, Rob Hilpert, Tammy (Todd) Cygan, Scott (Elizabeth) Hilpert, and Chris (James) Rader; 11 grandchildren, Kohl Hilpert, Taylor Cygan, Jordyn Cygan, Colin Cygan, Peyton Hilpert, John Hilpert, Kamryn Rader, Ava Hilpert, Jay Rader, Abby Hilpert, and Kendyl Rader; two great-grandchildren, Michael Hilpert and Braxton Lundry; two sisters, Sandra Wold and Lana Kempf; a brother, Gerard Webster; and many other loved ones.

Memorials may be made to the family in care of Robert Hilpert. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 21, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, September 22, 2023, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, September 22, 2023, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.


9 Comments on Deanna Hilpert

Patrick Fenoughty said : Guest Report Sep 22, 2023 at 4:49 PM

Scott and family, may your happy memories give you peace and comfort during this challenging time.

  • Oro Valley
  • AZ
Patricia Schomber said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2023 at 4:31 PM

Dear Scott and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time Matt and Pat Schomber

  • Belleville
  • Il
Vicky & Jim Pope said : Guest Report Sep 20, 2023 at 9:11 PM

Sending our Deepest Sympathy to Bob & the Hilpert family. May all the loving memories hug your heart.

  • Athens
  • Georgia
Dianne Burke said : Guest Report Sep 20, 2023 at 3:08 PM

Bob and Family, I am sorry to hear of Dee’s passing. I have many funny and good memories with both of you with Chris and Steph from grade school through same college . God Bless!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Natalie Ogden said : Guest Report Sep 20, 2023 at 10:11 AM

Dee was one of the most patient and kind women I had the pleasure of knowing. My prayers and hugs are with you and your family during this tough time.

  • Lebanon
  • IL said : Guest Report Sep 19, 2023 at 2:19 PM

Our family sympathy on the loss of your Mom. Such a kind, humble and patient lady. I will never forget our soccer years together. She kept the peace. God Bless Linda

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Connie Jean Goyda said : Guest Report Sep 19, 2023 at 2:17 PM

Bob & Family, you have my deepest sympathy on this great loss. Your wife and mother was a wonderful woman whom I fondly remember through the years for all her kindness to others!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jenny Stutsman said : Guest Report Sep 19, 2023 at 1:41 PM

My deepest sympathies to you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Valmeyer
  • IL
Cathy Hasenstab said : Guest Report Sep 19, 2023 at 1:39 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Dee’s passing. She was a very important part of our lives. We will be praying for your family. Tim and Cathy Hasenstab

  • Columbia
  • IL

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