May 25, 1925 - October 28, 2015
Margaret Astman Hilliard, 90, of Hartford, cherished wife of the late Harold H. Hilliard, Jr., died peacefully on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at Avery Heights. Born in Willimantic, CT to the late Joseph and Helen (Mueller) Astman, she moved to Hartford as a young child and met the love of her life and future husband of 60 years while attending Hartford High School. She graduated from Hartford High in 1943 was also a graduate of Cambridge Secretarial School. She held various administrative positions and worked alongside her husband in outdoor education during her career, but one of her favorite jobs was paraprofessional at Braeburn Elementary School in West Hartford. When she wasn't working or raising her children, Marg would be found volunteering at the Universalist Church of West Hartford or helping take care of her aging parents. Marg and Hal retired in the mid 1980's and had many happy winters in Northport, FL, where Marg sang in the Northport Chorale and a local chapter of Sweet Adelines, and summers at Crystal Lake in Barton, VT where they had purchased a cottage in the late 1950's. The birth of their first grandchild led to their return to the Hartford area in the early 2000's. Marg will be dearly missed by her friends and family. She is survived by her daughter, Janet Hilliard Porriello and her beloved grandchildren, Olivia and Joseph of Wethersfield, CT; two sisters-in-law, Gail Hilliard of Campton, NH and Dorothy Astman of Northport, NY and nine much-loved nieces and nephews and many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her son, Donald Hilliard and by her siblings Joseph Astman, Fred Astman and Betty (Astman) Hacking. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 14 at noon at The Chapel at Avery Heights, 705 N Britain Ave., Hartford. The burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to CHI dba Avery Heights, 705 N Britain Ave., Hartford, 06106 or CitySingers of Hartford, 591 Park Rd., W. Hartford, CT 06107.
Margaret Astman Hilliard, 90, of Hartford, cherished wife of the late Harold H. Hilliard, Jr., died peacefully on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at Avery Heights. Born in Willimantic, CT to the late Joseph and Helen (Mueller) Astman, she moved... View Obituary & Service Information
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