Wendy Jean Hilgendorf

October 8, 1962October 2, 2019

Wendy J. Hilgendorf, age 56, passed away on September 29, 2019 at her home in Chattanooga, TN. She was born October 8, 1962, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Jan (Hoglund) and Donald Hilgendorf. Wendy was a 1981 graduate of Milwaukee Lutheran High School. She attended the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, followed by the University of Wisconsin - Platteville where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 1986. She also earned a Certificate in Cytotechnology from the School of Cytotechnology, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1987.

Wendy worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Chicago and as a Cytotechnologist and Histotechnologist at the Memorial Hospital of Chattanooga. Her career in early cancer detection was a lifesaving contribution to the patients she served. Incredibly creative, she designed her own line of jewelry, DV8 by Design. Wendy brightened up many lives with her big smile, huge laugh, massive bear hugs, and an uncanny ability to make you feel truly special. She was an avid Wisconsin Badgers fan and Green Bay Packer Backer, and provided a loving home to her canine best friends who predeceased her. She is survived by her parents, sister, Lori (Dan) Miller, nieces and nephews, uncle and cousins and many dear friends. She will be missed by all whose lives she touched in an amazing way. If desired, friends may make contributions to the McKamey Animal Center in Chattanooga. A memorial service is being planned in Wisconsin.

Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist East Chapel, 404 South Moore Rd. East Ridge, TN 37412.

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Kari Thomas

October 9, 2019

Wendy and I were neighbors since 2010. She was always friendly and so very smart. I would check on her from time to time after her disability. She was a talented lady, good friend and lover of animals. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten by those she touched. Rest well my friend.

Lori Huntoon

October 9, 2019

Wendy and I met during our college years at UW-Platteville, and shared many laughs together in good ol’ Wilgus Hall. After college we visited each other wherever we were and stayed in touch the old fashioned way, with letters and cards - hers were always signed with a characteristic toothy grin. Oh, how I wish I could hear her laugh once more! She is so deeply missed.

Judy Nowlin

October 8, 2019

I worked with Wendy for many years. I was saddened to hear of her passing. She was a valued member of our team and a kind soul. We always loved to hear about her precious puppies and about her latest artistic creation. She always pushed through any adversity with grace. Wendy will be missed.