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Albert W. Hillestad, 82

Albert W. Hillestad, 82, died Thursday, June 14, 2007 in his home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

He was preceded in death by his wife Carol J. Hillestad.

Albert was born on July 11, 1924 in New Richmond, Wis. He was consecrated Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield in February 1972. After he retired from the church he worked at Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center in Mobile, Alabama. He moved to San Miguel in 1989. Albert enjoyed his retirement, was well respected in the community and spent time knotting rugs, volunteering with handicapped children at the Centro de Crecimiento and spending time with the children in his neighborhood. He lived a full, happy life and was loved by all who met him. He will be greatly missed.

Albert is survived by his children; Mary Holland, Michael (SoYoung) Hillestad, Lisa (Robert) O'Keefe, William (Julie) Hillestad, James (Kathy) Hillestad, Christina (Dan) Gerstenmaier, Paul Hillestad, 14 grandchildren, 3 brothers, 1 sister, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions in Albert Hillestad's name may be made to: Feed the Hungry - the US address for donations is PMB 636, 220 N. Zapata Highway #11, Laredo, TX 78043-4464. A family memorial service was held on July 21 at the St. Paul Cathedral Church in Springfield, Ill.