Hillsboro – Lillian Hiebert, 83, died August 22, 2018 at Bethesda Home in Goessel. She was born March 6, 1935 to Ben and Justina (Friesen) Nikkel in Goessel. She married James Hiebert September 18, 1955 in Inman. She was a homemaker. Survivors include: sons, Reginald (Lori) Hiebert of Rural Hillsboro, Richard (Bonnie) Hiebert of Rural Hillsboro, Terry (Barbara) Hiebert of Pecos, Texas, Kevin (Kayla) Hiebert of Rural Hillsboro; daughters, Sharon (Jim) Mininger of Willcox, Arizona, Jenny (Shawn) Horst of Bridgewater, Maine, Connie Hiebert of Hillsboro, Val (Tim) Litwiller of Rural Hillsboro, Darla (Kendall) Wenger of Rural Newton; brothers, Stanley (Judy) Nikkel of Rural Inman, Lee (Carol) Nikkel of Madrid, Nebraska; sister, Betty (Dale) Ensz of Inman; 33 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband, James Hiebert in 2015. Funeral Service 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 27, 2018 at Alexanderfeld Mennonite Church 1 mile West and 1 mile South of Hillsboro. Burial at the Church Cemetery. Family will receive guests from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at the Church. Memorials to C.S.I. Childrens Fund in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063. Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com
Life Sketch Taken From the Funeral Bulletin
Lillian June Nikkel Hiebert, our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother was born on March 6, 1935, to Ben and Justina Friesen Nikkel at Goessel, Kansas. The angels took her home on August 22, 2018 at the age of 83 years. She lived on a farm two miles east and 1 1/4 miles south of Hillsboro. When she was two years old they moved to the Windom area. Mom grew up in the Inman community and attended school at Hayes Center School. She had memories of farm work with her father who owned a threshing machine and threshed for the area farmers. Later he did custom baling with his self propelled baler, leaving Mom to help with the farm work at home. She inherited her inventor father’s desire to mull problems over until they made sense to her. At the age of 14 she surrendered her life to the Savior and was baptized in 1949 by Minister John A. Ensz at Inman, Kansas. She served the Lord and the church faithfully all her life, often clearing her way with others.
On September 18, 1955 she was married to James Hiebert at Inman, Kansas. They began their life together on a farm north of Hillsboro and were blessed with four sons and five daughters. Later our family moved to the home place south of Hillsboro where we children grew up. As each new in-law joined the family, she loved and accepted each one. Those of us who live away treasure memories of Dad and Mom coming to visit as often as they could. On October 10, 2015 Dad was called home, after 60 happy years together.
Our mother was a very unselfish, hardworking person. She was hospitable and invited company often. We always felt free to invite our friends. She loved children and was patient and kind to everyone. Her grandchildren were very dear to her and they loved her practical, upbeat approach to life and her wonderful sense of humor. She always made Christmas and birthdays special family occasions, often giving skillfully homemade gifts. She enjoyed her flowers and vegetable garden and raising chickens to butcher every year. We remember her devotion to the church, teaching Sunday School, Bible School and being involved in the Sewing Circle and Food Committee.
In later years as her memory failed, she needed Connie’s help more and more. She entered Bethesda Home in Goessel in June of 2017 and was lovingly cared for until her passing.
Survivors include: sons, Reginald (Lori) Hiebert of Rural Hillsboro, Richard (Bonnie) Hiebert of Rural Hillsboro, Terry (Barbara) Hiebert of Pecos, Texas, Kevin (Kayla) Hiebert of Rural Hillsboro; daughters, Sharon (Jim) Mininger of Willcox, Arizona, Jenny (Shawn) Horst of Bridgewater, Maine, Connie Hiebert of Hillsboro, Val (Tim) Litwiller of Rural Hillsboro, Darla (Kendall) Wenger of Rural Newton; 33 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; brothers, Stanley (Judy) Nikkel of Rural Inman, Lee (Carol) Nikkel of Madrid, Nebraska; sister, Betty (Dale) Ensz of Inman; brothers- in- law, Don (Rose) Hiebert, Van Hiebert; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Hiebert, Lorrene Hiebert.