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Vivian Jean Hilleman, 80, State Center

Vivian Jean Hilleman, 80, of State Center, IA passed away Friday, December 8, 2023, at Iowa River Hospice Home in Marshalltown, IA with her husband by her side. Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 12, 2023, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in State Center. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the services at the church. Anderson Funeral Homes of Marshalltown has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to

Vivian Jean was born June 21, 1943, to Helmar and Mary (Fuller) Benson in Corinth, NY. She graduated from Corinth Central Schools with the class of 1960 and was united in marriage to Gary Colson shortly after. The two were blessed with one daughter, and Gary passed just a little over a year after marrying. Vivian met John Hilleman in 1963. They married in Corinth in 1971 and relocated to State Center, IA, where they would call home. Vivian stayed busy raising three children and working administrative roles for St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sears, and Hilleman Farms. She was a devoted member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church and Ladies Aid, and the Central Iowa Square and Round Dance Club. Vivian had a love for square dancing, and even attended many state and national conventions. In her free time, she had a knack for any kind of sewing, knitting, crocheting, hardanger, and cross stitch. She also loved genealogy, traveling, and attending her grandkids’ activities. Vivian could always be found in the kitchen cooking. Most of all, Vivian adored any time spent with her family.

Vivian will be missed by her husband of 52 years, John, two children; Michael (Cynthia) Hilleman of State Center, Michele (Jason) Vanderhoff of Newell, IA, four grandchildren; Dennis Lindsey, Allison Hilleman, Jaron Vanderhoff, Jaicee Vanderhoff, three great-grandchildren; Maya and Isla Ash, Melody Lindsey, one sister, Virginia (Lee) Mann of Corinth, one son-in-law, Richard Lindsey of Corinth, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Gary, a daughter, Deborah Lindsey, two grandsons; Gary Lindsey and Andrew Hilleman.

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