NEW ULM – Pearl Altmann-Hillman, 75, of New Ulm died Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm with Pastor Jo Anne Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. To leave an online condolence or sign the guest book for her family go to: www.mvfh.org.
Pearl is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Terri and Brian Schneider of New Ulm; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Korene Altmann of New Ulm; granddaughters, Nicole (Brandon) Portner and Bridgette Altmann, both of New Ulm; grandsons, Bradley Schneider and Travis Lietzau, both of New Ulm; great-grandchildren, Madilyn Pearl and Jacob Portner; sister, Nettie (Dick) Preisinger of New Ulm; brother, Frank Guggisberg of New Ulm; brothers-in-law, Donald (Doris) Hillman of Hector and Dale (Mary) Hillman of Fairfax; nieces; nephews; and her dog, Opie.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leander Altmann in 1971; husband, Gerald Hillman in 2009; and by many other family members.
Pearl Helen Guggisberg was born on June 22, 1938 in New Ulm to Henry and Elsie (Hanslick) Guggisberg. She attended country school in rural Klossner and later St. Pauls Lutheran school in New Ulm. After the 9th grade Pearl began working for a local farm family, doing their housekeeping and caring for their children. On Feb. 6, 1962, Pearl was united in marriage to Leander Altmann at the Cathedral Parish house in New Ulm. Pearl and Leander then began farming. After Leanders death in 1971, Pearl continued farming on her own. On Dec. 15, 1979, Pearl married Gerald Hillman in Fairfax. Pearl and Gerald continued farming until 1988 when Pearl went to work for PGI until her retirement in 2009. Even after retirement, Pearl found great joy in driving tractors and farming with her son, Scott. Pearl enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, lawn mowing, farming, animals, and being outdoors. Pearl was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, who especially enjoyed spoiling her grandkids and great grandkids. She will be dearly missed.