Marie Georgianna (Holtmeyer) Hilke

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Marie Georgianna (Holtmeyer) Hilke, 74, of Freeburg, departed this life on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. at her residence. She was born June 6, 1943, in Westphalia, Missouri, a daughter of the late Henry Sr., and Rosie (Hoffman) Holtmeyer. Marie attended St. Joseph's Catholic School in Westphalia and Holy Family Catholic School in Freeburg, and was a graduate of Fatima High School in May 1961. Marie was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church and the Freeburg American Legion Women's Auxiliary. Marie had worked for the Governor's Hotel, the Missouri Department of Revenue and the Maries-Osage Ambulance. She had many volunteer hours at the Missouri Governor's Mansion assisting with tours of the mansion which she enjoyed tremendously. She worked alongside her husband as co-owner of Hilke's Ice Company for forty three years. On June 28, 1963, Marie met the love of her life, John Hilke. On February 4, 1964, she and her husband to be, bought and opened the "Hilke Caf and Packaged Liquor" in Freeburg, which they later sold in 1977. John and Marie were joined in Holy Matrimony on October 24, 1964, at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Freeburg. In 1972, she and John opened their second business, a car wash, and was in operation until 1983. In 1974, Marie and John started Hilke's Ice Company, which is still in operation today. Her hobbies included singing country music, taking photos, baking, collection antique dishes, jewelry, Christmas villages and loved decorating and entertaining her family for the holidays. Marie had a special interest in her family's ancestry and was in the process of compiling information to write a family book. Marie was kind, good-hearted, and never knew a stranger. Her number one love in life was her husband, her children, grandchildren and her great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly, and a very dear friend whom she called her "Gift from God", Patty Phelps. Marie was a member of the following ice associations: Missouri Valley Ice Association, 1980-present, and served on the board from 1987-92, she was the first lady to serve on the board; Southwestern Ice Association from 1995-present; Great Lakes Ice Association, 2015-present; International Packaged Ice Association (IPIA) 2016-present. While she was on the board of the MO Valley Ice Association she fought at the State Capitol for tougher sanitation guidelines and went up against the Missouri Insurance Board of Workmen's Compensation Code for the ice industry and won. In 2010, Marie was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from MO Valley Ice Association. Marie is survived by one daughter: Renee Veltrop (Leon) of Jefferson City; one son: Laron Hilke of Freeburg; one brother: Henry "Sonny" Holtmeyer of Waterloo, Iowa; two sisters: Martha Kleindienst of Jefferson City, Leona Weider of Freeburg; six grandchildren: Lisa Moore, Julie Veltrop, Ronald Veltrop, Marissa Veltrop, all of Jefferson City, Zachary West, of Chillicothe, Katie Rae West of Vienna; and three great-grandchildren, Tiffany and Taylor Hollandsworth, and Sophie Veltrop, all of Jefferson City. Marie was preceded in death by her father: Henry Holtmeyer Sr., on June 18, 1968, and her mother, Rosie Hoffman Hertzing, on June 23, 2002; her husband: John Hilke, on September 6, 2017, and one daughter-in-law: Penny Hilke, July 9, 2017. Friends will be received from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Freeburg with a prayer service at 3:30 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Freeburg, with Fr. Bill Debo officiating. Interment will follow in the Holy Family Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made Holy Family Catholic Church in Marie's memory. The Hilke Family will be sponsoring the 2018 Missouri Valley Ice Association College Scholarship Fund in memory of Marie. Arrangements are under the direction of HILKE-MILLARD Funeral Home, 101 Linn Street, Westphalia, MO 65085. (573) 455-2424. Condolences may be left for the family online at

Published September 30, 2017