March 31, 1933 – May 15, 2020
Geraldine “Geri” Marie Hillebrand, 87, of LaGrange, GA peacefully passed away at her home on Friday, May 15, 2020 after an extended illness.
Mrs. Hillebrand was born March 31, 1933 in South Bend, IN to the late Casimer Dombrowski and Laura Chodzinski Dombrowski. Geri as she was affectionately known, was first married to the late Eugene Vargo on June 16, 1951. She married Michael Joseph Hillebrand on March 17, 1984 in South Bend, IN and they reaffirmed their love and vows at St. Peter’s Catholic Church of LaGrange, GA on June 20, 2009. She is preceded in death by her parents and infant brother, first husband Eugene, a son Gary Vargo, sister Joan E. Dombrowski Karkiewicz, and grandson Jace Vargo.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 36 years, Michael J. Hillebrand; sons, Eugene “Gene” (Vivian) Vargo, Michael Jr, Mark, and Anthony Hillebrand; and daughter Michelle (Richard) Slisz. A brother, Richard Dombrowski; granddaughters, Angie, Jessica, Emma, Christina, Carrie, Heather, Samantha, Alexis, Hayley; grandsons, Chris, Grant, Jeremy, Kyle, Joshua, Mark Jr, Michael III, Shane, Seth and 27 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Geri was a Payroll Clerk at AM General in South Bend, IN for 21years. After moving to LaGrange, GA she worked in the Troup Co. Clerk of Court office and was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in LaGrange. She loved to travel abroad, visit with her many friends and family, follow the Chicago White Sox, watch Notre Dame football and cherished her cats Ringo and Frankie.
Due to COVID-19, Geri will be buried during a private ceremony at St. Joseph cemetery in South Bend, IN. Services and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date and announced when available.
Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.
Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA
- Michael J. Hillebrand, Husband of 36 years
- Eugene "Gene" (Vivian) Vargo, Son and Daughter-in-law
- Michael J. Hillebrand, Son
- Mark Hillebrand, Son
- Anthony Hillebrand, Son
- Michelle (Richard) Slisz, Daughter and Son-in-law
- Richard Dombrowski, Brother
- Angie, Granddaughter
- Jessica, Granddaughter
- Emma, Granddaughter
- Christina, Granddaughter
- Carrie, Granddaughter
- Heather, Granddaughter
- Samantha, Granddaughter
- Alexis, Granddaughter
- Hayley, Granddaughter
- Chris, Grandson
- Grant, Grandson
- Jeremy, Grandson
- Kyle, Grandson
- Joshua, Grandson
- Mark Jr, Grandson
- Michael III, Grandson
- Shane, Grandson
- Seth, Grandson
- 27, Great Grandchildren
- Several, Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and friends
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Celebration of Life Service, Private Family Burial
May 28, 2020
I wish to extend my condolences to you and your family.
May 27, 2020
We are so sorry to hear about Geri's passing. Our condolences and prayers are with you and your family.
Gary & Becky Weil
May 23, 2020
Mike & family: My deepest sympathy on Geri’s passing. Cherish your memories. Your loss will be felt by many who knew Geri & what a sweet lady she was. Prayers Mike
May 23, 2020
Oh My, I’m sadden to learn of your passing Ms Geri, you were such a kind, warm, sweet, exceptionally funny woman. You’ll be missed by so many, especially your precious husband Michael. May you Rest In Peace 🙏
To the family- I have you all in my thoughts and prayers.
God Bless You All 🙏