Melinda Jane Hilliard

3 octubre , 194011 noviembre , 2020

Melinda Jane (Sorenson) Hilliard, 80, a 20-year Cheshire resident, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Born in Croton-on-Hudson, NY on October 3, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Andrew John and Florence Edna (Chambers) Sorenson. Melinda was a graduate of Croton-Harmon High School. She spent over three decades making sure that Brookfield High School ran smoothly as secretary to the principal.

A loving mother and grandmother, Melinda will be forever missed by her three children, David Hilliard and wife Kristin of Glastonbury, Sara Hilliard and husband Bill Collier of Stamford, and Susan Denault and husband George of East Hampstead, NH, as well as her seven adored grandchildren, Serena, Isabelle, and Tristan Denault, Kylie Hilliard, and Kieran, Bridget, and Leah Collier. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and her beloved Westie, Finnegan. Predeceased by her youngest daughter, Stacie Ann Hilliard, as well as by her two brothers, and three sisters, Melinda is surely happy to be back in the company of so many that she loves.

Due to the current health situation, services will be private. A celebration of Melinda’s life will be held at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. The Glastonbury Funeral Home, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. To share a memory of Melinda with her family, please visit


Melinda Jane Hilliard


Lon and Ellen Isaacson

20 noviembre , 2020

Linda was our next door neighbor in Cheshire. She was warm and welcoming to us when we first moved in which began a wonderful neighbor/friend relationship. We have missed her since she moved and are deeply sadden to hear of her passing. She will always have a place in our hearts. Our deepest condolences to her family.

Felicia Liebler

19 noviembre , 2020

Ever since I was a young 25-year-old teacher at Brookfield High School, Linda looked out for me. She was always willing to steer me or help me along with personal or professional matters. What I love most about her was her witty sense of humor. She was funny! I could listen to her stories forever. I really enjoyed all of my time with her and I will miss her dearly.

Nick Castellano

18 noviembre , 2020

Linda was a very kind loving person that would help you anytime.
There should be more people like Linda in the world.
We will miss her dearly.
My deepest sympathy to her family.
God Bless you all.

Cherie Wilhelm

17 noviembre , 2020

I was so sad to hear of Linda's passing. She ran a tight ship at BHS but always had time to help you out. Making friends with her was essential if you needed assistance in getting things done. I remember well her smile and laugh. A fun person. Will be missed.

Kathy Colavito

17 noviembre , 2020

Linda was so welcoming when I joined BHS in the early 2000's. She was always so pleasant and happy and loved talking about her family. She was a pleasure to work with for many years. May she rest in peace.
Kathy Colavito

Mary Romano

17 noviembre , 2020

My time at BHS overlapped with Linda for a few years. She was always helpful to me as a new staff. I enjoyed talking to her about her daughter who was a veterinarian as my daughter was in vet school at the time. She shared more than a few pearls of wisdom. I am keeping her children and grandchildren in my prayers.

Carol Zinser

16 noviembre , 2020

I extend my deepest sympathy and prayers to Linda’s family. She was such a warm and welcoming presence in the Brookfield High office for so many years! I remember having had many lovely conversations with her over the years; one could always count on Linda to find information or locate supplies when no one else could. We were all blessed to have worked with this great lady. May she rest in God’s eternal peace.

Jillian Vigliotti (Fuller)

16 noviembre , 2020

I can still hear her voice and laugh throughout the office of Brookfield High School. Linda was the kindest woman and fortunately for us (high school staff), she laughed at most things. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. May you find peace in your loving memories of her.