Stephen Edwin Hill

May 13, 1942November 16, 2020

Stephen Edwin Hill, 78, peacefully passed away at his home in Cottage Grove MN on Monday, November 16, 2020. He was born in Eau Claire WI, the first child of Dorothy and Edwin Hill. Steve grew up in Madison, WI and graduated from Madison West HS in 1961. He proudly served in the US Navy on board the USS Stalwart. Following an honorable discharge Steve attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout, received a B.S. in Industrial Education and an M.S. in Vocational Education. He taught in the Machine Tool program at Madison Area Technical College until his retirement in 1999.

Steve’s main passions in life were family, teaching, and helping others. He also enjoyed sailing, flying, and spending time at the family cottage on Lake Pepin.

Steve is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary; their two daughters, Rebecca (David) Crislip and Kathryn (Brandon) Johnson; four grandchildren, Emma, Zachary, Joshua, and Nathan; sisters, Sarah (Luis) Escobar, Margaret Shaw, and Dorothy Trinkl; plus several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents Steve was preceded in death by sister-in-law, Nancy Rickmeier and brothers-in-law, Carl Rickmeier Jr., Byron Shaw, and Frank Trinkl.

Due to Covid restrictions private funeral services were held and a Celebration of Steve’s life is planned for summer 2021 in Pepin WI. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Pepin WI. The family would like to acknowledge the kind and professional care Steve received by the staff at the University of Minnesota Hospital. In addition the family has forever been grateful to the organ transplant program at the University of Wisconsin.

The Stephen Hill Memorial Scholarship has been established in Steve’s memory at the Madison Area Technical College Foundation. For any donations to the scholarship please note “Stephen Hill Memorial Scholarship” with your gift.



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Nadine Cordio

November 26, 2020

Hi Mary. Condolences to you and family. I didn’t know Steve well but I have thought of both of you often. You probably wonder why—-because of you. I remember the time you gifted me with a little tooth fairy pouch for my first grandson And all the help you gave me planning for my parents 50th wedding anniversary.
Time goes on but memories go on also. I am sure you will have many as time goes on of you and Steve and family, Wishing many blessings and peace to you and family. Nadine

david dean

November 25, 2020

my Steve find peace and his family with all his friends find his memory fondly.

Janice Bush

November 24, 2020

Dear Mary and family,
I know it's been a long time since we had any contact but I worked with both Steve and Mary at MATC for many years. I wish to share my sympathy and love to all. Mary, I want you to know how grateful I am to have had the wonderful years of knowing both you and Steve. You have my deepest sympathy and know what you must be going through since I lost my husband just a year ago. Take care of each other. It's a rough road right now for you all.
Jan Bush

Elaine Wilkinson

November 23, 2020

I had the great privilege of working with Steve for many years at Madison College. He was a wonderful instructor who cared deeply for his students and fellow staff.

Sending condolences to Mary and the family.

Elaine Wilkinson


November 22, 2020

Steve was a father figure to me. He took care of me as if I were his own son when I need protection, love, and discipline. I will always be grateful for the values and lessons he taught me. He will be missed. We will celebrate and cherish his life and friendship.

Mike Connor

November 22, 2020

My thoughts and condolences to the Steve's family and friends. Steve one of those people who helped guide me in a good orderly direction. After high school I attended MATC, and that's where I met Steve the first time. I was in the diesel mechanics program, but took a class in machining. I loved it. Steve was so patient, funny, real, and full of energy. After I graduated in 1978 I got a job as a mechanic. Then in 1981 I went back to night school to become a machinist. There was Steve - all ready for me. I learned NC programing and machining. Again, Steve inspired me and was patient with me as is was a "slow learner and a fast forgetter" - his words. We both laughed at this and I will never forget his laugh. It was infectious for sure. A couple years later I went back to school for Mechanical Design, and there was Steve in the hallway greeting me. We talked some more and he encouraged me with kindness to "think big". I had several successful careers (mechanic, machinist, mechanical designer, engineer, and researcher). I retired from Cummins Inc in 2013 after 35 years in industry. From there I founded FabLab which is a MakerSpace that teaches high school students about STEM, machining, 3D printing, and laser cutting. I feel somewhat like I am following in Steve's footsteps. Thank you Steve for sharing your knowledge and skill of teaching with me. I could not have done it without you buddy. I thank his family for those many nights Steve was at school teaching people like me. May god bless you in this time of sorrow. May a ray of sunshine remind all of us of the gift of Steve Hill.
Yours truly,
Mike Connor - Stoughton Wisconsin
MATC grad 1978, 1981, and 1985. UW grad 1988
Founder 2013

Karen Davison

November 22, 2020

Mary, so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. May all the wonderful memories you & your family have of Steve help you through this most difficult time.
My deepest sympathies and hugs.
Love, Karen

Nick Baumgartner

November 22, 2020

I am so saddened to hear of Uncle Steve’s passing. My heart goes out to his family, you’re in our prayers.

I will miss seeing Uncle Steve at the Lake. He always had time for a chat in the driveway or on the beach and he was always so kind to lend a tool or offer a ride in the Jeep when he had it. Such a genuine man with a special chuckle.

Jewel Carlson

November 21, 2020

Dearest Mary and family. Where to begin sharing the wonderful memories of the experiences Ron and I shared with all of you. Fun, laughter, learning new things from each other, traveling together and Steve the fixer who could assist us with so many household issues. He shared boat rides, the “cottage”, rides in the airplane and taught us both a lot about cars. Patient with our lack of background information enjoying the times he caught us up what we needed to know. He struggled through health issues with the loving care of the family and would surfaced victorious despite the odds. He was a fighter. His laugh was contagious and his sincere concern for us was a gift. He gave so much of himself to us and it is hard to realize that he is now with Ron and I will have to wait until I join them in Heaven some day to enjoy him once again.

Tom Doyle

November 21, 2020

I had the privilege of working with Steve for many years at MATC. The thing I remember the most about him was his smile that revealed the wonderful person he was. I could be walking down the hall worrying about something and see Steve. His smile and a little chat was all it took to put a smile back on my face. He will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.


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