Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Alison Anne Hill

Child of her loving parents, Nancy and Jim Hill, who have placed her in the gentle cradle of God’s eternal love. Alison is also survived by her Aunt Barbara Lofthus and Barbara’s three sons, Richard Rebne, Ronald Rebne and Robb Rebne and their families; her Aunt Ejl O’Keefe and Uncle Victor O’Keefe and their daughter, Dr. Shannon O’Keefe; and also by other relatives and friends and the dogs she loved, Patty and Daisy. She was preceded in death by blood grandparents, Arnold and Emily Lofthus, and Norman and Lillian Hill and by “adopted” grandparents, Leonard and Stella Burrows and Harvey and Jeannette Jensen. Alison loved them all.

Happenings in this world: Welcomed to this world on September 19, 1979. While her journey in this world was only 32 years long, she crammed much into those years. Attended Stephen Bull Fine Arts School where she acted and sang the part of the lion in Wizard of Oz. Attended St. Catherine’s High School and displayed her talents on the tennis court and in the classroom, graduating as one of the valedictorians. She next followed her parents’ educational path to Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, where she continued playing tennis and studied abroad in France. She also participated in interim programs in New Zealand (bungie-jumping from a bridge and sea kayaking) plus an interim in Hawaii. She graduated from Luther summa cum laude.

Following in her father’s career path, she enrolled at Notre Dame Law School and became an Associate Editor of the Law Review, graduating cum laude. After passing the Wisconsin bar exam, she accepted an associate attorney position at a Milwaukee law firm. Illness then invaded her life and the severe post-herpetic pain in a nerve in her head resulting from a bout of shingles in law school caused her to stop her work as an attorney and further prevented her from other employment. She bravely battled the increasingly severe nerve pain episodes with many trips to doctors and emergency rooms. She was released from this world of pain on March 13, 2012.

Happenings in the next world: As a child of God, she now lives in Pure Light and Everlasting Joy.

A celebration of Ali’s life will be held at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, Racine, Wisconsin, on Saturday, March 24, 2012, commencing at 11 a.m., Pastors Bill Grimbol and Walter Hermanns officiating. Memorials to the Holy Communion Lutheran Church food pantry, Luther College or St. Catherine’s High School are suggested by Alison’s family.

803 Main St., Racine   (262) 634-7888

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