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Hilary Vivian Kohnert
  • December 23, 1935
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  • August 22, 2020

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Hilary Vivian Kohnert, a resident of The Village of Santiago in The Villages Florida, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on August 22, 2020. She was 84 years old.

Hilary was born in Birkenhead, England. She grew up during WWII and would often tell stories, both serious and comical, about living during this harrowing time. Hilary graduated from Secondary School (the English equivalent of high school) at the age of 15. While working as a switch board operator on an American Air Force Base/RAF Station in Wales, she met her husband Fred at a dance. They married and had their first child in England and then they subsequently moved to the United States where they had their second child in Illinois. Hilary often went back to England where her parents resided. After her husband’s retirement from the Air Force in 1977, Hilary lived in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hilary worked for 15 years and retired from Saks Fifth Avenue as a top salesperson in women’s shoes. Hilary and Fred then moved to The Villages, Florida in 1999 where she resided until she passed.

Hilary had a great sense of humor, a zest for life, and a true love for her family and friends.
She could easily make friends and make them feel like they had known each other for years. Hilary was very generous and often helped those in need.

Hilary loved traveling. She traveled to many different countries over the years and was able to find local open-air markets in the area for shopping. She also enjoyed trying local cuisines. At home, Hilary loved gardening and was very artistic. She enjoyed designing the interior of each of her homes and was often found watching DIY home decorating shows. She loved to play Bingo and would often encourage others to play with her, especially her daughter.

Hilary is survived by her husband of 64 years Fred, her daughter and son-in law Carol and Bob Kunz, her son and daughter in-law Stephen and Delia Kohnert, and her grandchildren Stephanie Kunz and Adam Kunz. She was preceded in death by her father and mother Albert and Mona Turner.

The family will conduct a Celebration of Life in Hilary’s memory at a later date to be determined. Memorial donations may be made to Hilary’s favorite organizations: The Shriner’s Hospital for Children and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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  1. Frederick T. Heller says:
    07 Sep 2020
    The neighborhood will not be the same without you, Hilary. We will miss you.

    Fred and Cheryl

  2. Linda Schultz says:
    07 Sep 2020
    We were so sorry to hear of Hilary’s passing. She was the sweetest lady. Always had a smile on her face no matter what she was going through. Our sympathies to Fred and family. She will be missed by all of C-Drive. Rich and Linda Schultz

  3. Sandi Joel-Phillips says:
    04 Sep 2020
    Dear Hilary, was one of the sweetest, kindest and loving lady ever. My sister, at one time, owned the home in the Village of Sandiago across from Hilary and Fred's home and they always welcomed me whenever I came to visit my sis from N.E. which was frequently. I shall always remember and be forever grateful for the time she and Fred offered me a bed at their home when I had purchased a house in the Villages and needed lodging before my home was ready for occupancy. She made me feel like one of the family and accommodations were beautiful. I shall always remember this blessed woman for her laugh, fabulous attitude, and best disposition in the world. Be at peace sweet lady and may the Lord watch over you.
    Light and Love,
    Sandi Joel-Phillips

  4. Donna Harris lit a candle:
    03 Sep 2020
    Lit since September 3, 2020 at 9:07:23 AM

  5. Elizabeth Bills says:
    03 Sep 2020
    Fond memories of a loving,generous,happy, faithful and honest Lady.
    A dear friend to my mum, Barbara Ann Sneddon, (nee Williams).
    Love from Becky.
    Ian Sneddon passes on his condolences. He remembers the many happy visits to
    Hilary and Fred's home. Love to Fred and family.
    Loves last gift rememberance.

  6. Suzanne Tonsberg posted an image:
    03 Sep 2020
    Hilary was an amazing woman. I am blessed to have known her and her family.
    Hilary was an amazing woman. I am blessed to have known her and her family.

  7. Suzanne Tonsberg lit a candle:
    03 Sep 2020
    Lit since September 3, 2020 at 9:01:00 AM

  8. Melissa Kohnert says:
    02 Sep 2020
    Aunt Hilary was a wonderful person. I didn’t get to see her often but when I did she always had a smile on her face. Loved to listen to her stories too. I was able to chat with her via messenger a couple of times and those memories will stay with me always. RIP Aunt Hilary.

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