Deborah J. Hillar Kane

March 24, 1954March 29, 2014
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Deborah Hillar Kane was born March 24, 1954, in Minneapolis Minnesota.

Born to James and Barbara Anderson, Debbie was the older sister to Scott and Steve Anderson. She grew up in New Brighton Minnesota and was a dedicated girl scout, participating all the way through her senior year in high school. She also loved traveling, and spent one year after high school as a Rotary exchange student in Argentina. Her love of other languages and cultures led her to major in Spanish and French at Gustavus College, from which she graduated in 1977. During college she continued traveling, exploring more of South and Central America, and Europe. She went on to get a Masters Degree from Northwestern University and began her career as a teacher, teaching high school French and Spanish. In 1980 she married Ruben Hillar, and in 1990, they had a daughter, Alicia. After she and Ruben divorced, her brother Scott introduced her to his coworker Tim Kane. Tim and Debbie were married in 1993 in St. Paul Minnesota. Debbie and Tim joined Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church shortly thereafter, and Debbie became an active volunteer, leading confirmation, joining bible studies, and leading the Governing Board. In 1997 their son Andrew was born. Debbie, who had been teaching Spanish at Totino Grace High School when Andrew was born, quit her job to be a stay-at-home mom.

She couldn’t stay away for long though, and shortly after started subbing at the Minnesota Waldorf School, where Alicia was attending school. Her subbing eventually led to her taking a first grade class. She taught the class through all eight grades, and in June of 2013, she saw them graduate from MWS.

Debbie was loved by all she came in contact with, always showing a quiet confidence, generosity, commitment and dedication to all of her endeavors. Her legacy lives on as an exceptional teacher, and loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. She is preceded in death by her father, James, and will be greatly missed by her mother, Barbara; brothers Scott (Debbie) and Steve (Kelly); husband Tim; children Alicia and Andrew; and many other extended family and friends.

A service celebrating Debbie’s life will be held at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (3920 North Victoria St. Shoreview, MN 55126) on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 6:30pm with a visitation one hour prior.


  • Visitation Monday, April 7, 2014
  • Memorial Service Monday, April 7, 2014

Deborah J. Hillar Kane

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Bryan Volk

April 21, 2014

Tim, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your children.

April 10, 2014

Dear Tim, Alicia and Andrew,
I just looked through the photo gallery and am sitting at my desk at work crying at the incredible beauty of Debbie and all of you. I remember all those years at the Waldorf School and how Alicia and Maggie's class were truly an extended family with Deb always helping out quietly everywhere. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Peggy Thompson

Mary Jo Czaplewski

April 7, 2014

Dear Tim, Alicia, Andrew, Barb and family,
What a beautiful gift to have known dear Deb. The photo story of her life is just beautiful as is her obituary. I am blessed to have known her - in her quiet, smiling, generous and patient manner. Never complaining, always taking the best of life, nature, her friends and most of all family. I truly share in your loss and pain and pray that you may find healing and comfort in knowing that she will be with you always, that she is with the savior she was so faithful to. with sincere sympathy to you all and wishing you peace.

Allen Barkve

April 7, 2014

We give God thanks for the gift of Debbie to so many during the beautiful life she lived here on earth. Always an out-going and concerned person, Debbie will be remembered as someone who acted on her faith, and was an example of someone that earned the respect and love of so many with her quiet, intent and patient personality toward others. Our family was blessed to know Debbie and we are full of sorrow for you, her family. We respect and share the loss that you feel. In Christ Jesus' sacrifice, we pray for your healing and that you may find comfort. Allen, Kelly, Marit and Nik Barkve

Mitch Johnson

April 5, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

April 3, 2014

I'm so sorry for your loss and may Almighty God bring comfort to the family.


Debbie, 3-months old




Debbie with her toys


Scott and Debbie