Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Mary Susan Hilger

Mary Susan Hilger, 71, departed this life on June 4, 2018 at home in Badin Lake, North Carolina.  Mary was born on January 8, 1947 in O’Fallon, Illinois to Donald and Mary Sartor.  She attended O’Fallon Township High School where she graduated at the top of her class with countless awards for her achievements in Science, Band, Chorus, Drama, and Track and Field.  Mary attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on a scholarship, earning Dean’s List Honors.

Mrs. Hilger was joined in wedlock to her beloved husband, Jerry Dennis Hilger, on June 8, 1968 in Collinsville, Illinois.  During their 38-year marriage, they built a happy and successful life together in Maryville, Illinois and Blue Ridge, Virginia, raising two beautiful children in Gina and Jason Hilger.

During her early life, Mary was a trailblazer for women in industry as a chemist at the prestigious Monsanto Company in St. Louis, Missouri in the 1960s.  Possessing a brilliant mind, she also excelled as an environmental chemist, pharmacy technician, substitute teacher, referee/umpire, and stay-at-home mother.  She enjoyed reading, gardening, yardwork, crafts, cooking, camping, hiking, and water skiing.  She was also an outdoor enthusiast and nature lover.  Most importantly, Mary was a loving and caring mother and wife who adored her husband Jerry, children Gina and Jason, daughter-in-law Landy, and grandchildren Carlos and Jose.

Mrs. Hilger is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Hilger and her parents, Donald and Mary Sartor.  She is survived by her children, Gina and Jason; her grandchildren, Carlos and Jose; and two brothers, Donald and Dick Sartor.

A visitation  will be held on Wednesday June 6, 2018 from 6 PM until 8 PM at Stanly Funeral & Cremation Care.





  • Lanny and Susan foley Posted June 5, 2018 6:01 am

    Lanny and i had the privilege to know Jerry and Mary for a short time here in ferrum, Virginia. We are so sorry for your lost. We remember both Jerry and Mary as very interesting and welcoming friends.

    • Gina Hilger Posted June 9, 2018 6:26 pm

      Thank you Lanny and Susan for remembering my parents. We appreciate it.


  • Mary Lou Reynolds Posted June 5, 2018 3:41 pm

    Dear Hilger Family,
    I was sad to read of Mary’s passing in The Roanoke Times today. She and Jerry were a wonderful couple. I worked at Norfolk Southern with Jerry and was always impressed with him and Mary and their accomplished children. Jerry loved to talk about them. He left us far too soon, but we never forgot him. Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss of Mary. My family will keep you in our prayers in the coming days. God bless you.

    • Gina Hilger Posted June 9, 2018 6:28 pm

      Thank you Mary Lou for your post. My parents thought very highly of you as well. Thank you for your condolences.


  • Paula Main Posted June 6, 2018 3:01 pm

    Gina and Jason,
    I was an old friend of your moms from Botetourt. We use to work together. I loved our talks at lunch and all the stories she would share about your dad and you two. I am so sorry for your loss. Mary was a great friend.
    Paula Main

    • Gina Hilger Posted June 9, 2018 6:29 pm

      Thank you Paula for your words. It’s nice to hear from mom’s old friends. I appreciate you reaching out.


  • Stephen Moseley Posted June 6, 2018 7:41 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your mom. She was such an upbeat person. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.


    • Gina Hilger Posted June 9, 2018 6:21 pm

      Thank you to everyone who has posted comments about my mother. My brother and I are very appreciative of your support during this tough time. Thank you so very much. Sincerely, Gina and Jason

    • Gina Hilger Posted June 9, 2018 6:31 pm


      I was shocked to see your post. It made me smile. I really appreciate you sending a message. You were always such a dear friend of mine. Thanks Steve.


  • Gary Kirk Posted June 6, 2018 9:09 pm

    Gina and Jason,
    Very sorry to hear of your mother’s death. We are thinking of you both and sending you our condolences.
    Take care,

    • Gina Hilger Posted June 9, 2018 6:33 pm

      Gary, thank you so much for your comments. It was wonderful to hear from you. We had such wonderful times together in school. Means a lot that you posted.


  • Mary Lentz Posted June 12, 2018 12:21 am

    I am so sorry to her of your Mom’s passing. She and I had some deep discussions at volley ball matches esp about where you were going to go to school.. She had a
    I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a great lady and had such a love for you two. My prayers are with you all. God be with you

    • Gina Hilger Posted June 12, 2018 8:34 pm

      Thank you Mary for your nice comments. My mom enjoyed refereeing volleyball and spending time with you all. Thank you again.

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