(Oct. 22—San Diego) With earthly sadness and heavenly happiness, the family of Timothy J. Hilgeman announces his passing into eternal life today, after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 51.
Tim was the Director of Liturgical Music for St Gregory the Great parish in Scripps Ranch. He led the Sunday evening mass at Our Lady of Grace. He dedicated over 25 years of service to the Diocese of San Diego , leading choirs, teaching liturgical music to seminarians, teaching music to children of all ages, and leading special liturgies. Over the years, he dedicated his musical, singing, and teaching talents to Saints Drama productions, and OLP Spring Sing. He also sang and taught members and students of Stella Maris, School of the Madeline, St, Kierans, Our Lady of Grace, St. Columba, St. Therese, and St. Gregory the Great.
Tim is survived by his wife of 25 years, Bernadette, and their six children(Timothy Hilgeman , Saints ‘12, Bernadette Rose Hilgeman OLP Class of ’ 08) and a large extended family, many of them part of the Saints and OLP families ( JT Stenbeck ’07, Michael Stenbeck ’09, Jenna Hilgeman ’08, Amanda Judd ’09 along with other aunts and uncles) .
Condolences may be mailed to: PO Box 2388, La Mesa, CA 91943-2388
Tim touched many lives in San Diego and beyond through his gifts of singing, conducting and teaching music, and his generous faith-filled spirit. More importantly, he lived his faith evidenced even in his last weeks, when he would encourage hospital staff to rediscover the beauty and blessings of having a faith life, challenging them to attend Church, even suggesting local parishes, and sharing with them the beauty of being open to the gift of children. He will be greatly missed on earth, as we celebrate his entry into eternal life.
Services are planned as follows:
Nightly Rosary Novena starting Oct 22nd at 7 pm at Our Lady of Grace Church , El Cajon, CA.
Vigil/Rosary: Tues., Nov. 4th at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church 2766 Navajo Rd., El Cajon, CA, 92020.
Funeral Mass: Wed., Nov. 5th at 11 a.m. Main celebrant retired Bishop Robert Brom, at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 11451 Blue Cypress Drive, San Diego, CA, 92131.
Interment will be at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery immediately following, 4470 Hilltop Drive, San Diego, CA, 92102.
Reception following at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Moloney Center, El Cajon at 2 pm.