Henry Hillje

Obituary of Henry H. Hillje


LATHAM - Henry H. Hillje, 91 of Latham, NY, beloved husband of Dona (Herring) Hillje, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at Kingsway Arms Nursing Center in Schenectady, NY.

Born in Troy, NY, he was the son of the late Henry H. and Helen (Becker) Hillje. Henry attended Troy schools and graduated from the Troy High School in 1950. He served honorably among multiple units in the New York National Guard for eleven years. Henry and Dona were married on October 22, 2017.

Henry worked the majority of his career as a Field Truck Manager for International Harvester in Mt. Laurel, NJ dedicating thirty-three years of service. After retiring he went on to work as an Automotive Instructor at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. Henry was a member of the Eagle Mills Volunteer Fire Department. He built his family's first home in the 1950's, was an avid gardener, enjoyed photography, riding on his Farmall Tractor and tending to his property of which he took deep pride in. He loved New York state but due to work, he lived a few years in Massachusetts and New Jersey and most recently wintered in Florida. He was an avid square dancer belonging to several Square-Dancing Clubs including the former Tamarac Twirlers, Single Squares, Acey Deucey, and Strawberry Square in Florida. He also loved to travel and attended countless World's Fairs. Family was most important to Henry and many family gatherings were hosted on his and Joan's property through the years. He lived his faith through his church service with First Reformed Church including consistory leadership and property maintenance. He will be sorely missed yet forever cherished in the hearts of those he worked with, danced with, served with and loved.

Survivors in addition to his wife Dona include his daughters Sandra L (Late Ron Welch) Hillje, Kathy R. (Paul) Clements, and Bonnie (Stephen) Cornell, stepchildren Kerri and Jonathan Watson, as well as granddaughters Julia (Arthur III) Dardia, Stephanie (Matthew) Karner, and Brittany (Brett) Nelson. Henry is also survived by seven great-grandchildren, Arthur IV, Isabelle, Charlotte, Abigail, Lillian, Miles and Henry and brother, George.

In addition to his late parents, Henry is predeceased by his first wife, Joan B. (Hilt) Hillje who passed in 2003 after forty-nine years of marriage, his son Henry H. Hillje Jr., and his sister Carol (late Frank) Grovenger.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at The Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home, 149 Old Loudon Rd., Latham. Funeral Service will take place on Thursday, April 11, 2024, 10:00 am at the First Reformed Church of Wynantskill, 413 Main Ave, Wynantskill. Interment at 12pm at Memory Gardens, Colonie. Church luncheon to follow at 1pm.

The family expresses appreciation for the loving care given to Henry by the staff at Kingsway Nursing Facility and his home care aides with special thanks to Kayla, Shadon and Danielle.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations are requested to be made to The First Reformed Church of Wynantskill, 413 Main Ave, Wynantskill, NY 12198.

For further information or to leave a condolence message for the family please visit www.dufresneandcavanaugh.com.

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Visitation at Funeral Home

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home, Ltd.
149 Old Loudon Road
Latham, New York, United States

Funeral Service

10:00 am
Thursday, April 11, 2024
First Reformed Church Of Wynantskill
413 Main Ave
Wynantskill, New York, United States

Final Resting Place

12:00 pm
Thursday, April 11, 2024
Memory Gardens
983 Watervliet Shaker Rd
Albany, New York, United States
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