Date of Birth February 8, 1963
Date Deceased December 6, 2021
Hometown Hornell
Home State N.Y.
Service Date December 11, 2021
Service Time 9:30 a.m.
Service Location St. Ann's Church, Hornell
Interment Location St. Mary's Cemetery, Town of Fremont

Kathleen M. “Kate” Hillman

HORNELL – Kathleen M. “Kate” Hillman, 58, passed away Monday evening (Dec. 6, 2021) at her home on Glen Avenue after a long illness.

Born in Hornell on Feb. 8, 1963, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary (Baird) Hillman. Besides her parents, she was also predeceased by two brothers, Theodore “Ted” Hillman and Robert “Jerry” Hillman.

A graduate of Hornell High School, class of 1981, Kate received a bachelor’s of science degree in Nursing from Niagara University in 1985.

She resided in Albany, Virginia and Rochester before she became employed as a traveling nurse. Throughout her career as a registered nurse she also resided in Miami, FL, West Palm Beach, FL, Cooperstown, NY, Louisville, KY, Syracuse, NY and Houston, TX. Kate eventually returned to this area and resided in Branchport, NY and continued nursing at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan, NY for four years and retired from Yates County Public Health Nursing in 2011 at which time she returned to Hornell to reside.

A member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish, she was a communicant of St. Ann’s Church in Hornell. Kate enjoyed knitting, needle point and football and was an avid Buffalo Bills fan.

Her loving family includes one brother, John Hillman of Rochester, NY; one sister, Barbara Hillman of Forest Hill, MD; her sister-in-law, Sandy Hillman of Hornell; five nieces, Martha Hillman, Jaime (Zach) Haynes, Grace Purce, Ruth Purce and Mary (Michael) Steele; two nephews, John (Naomi) Hillman and Jack Purce; several great nieces and nephews; as well as several aunts, cousins and many friends.

There will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to join her family at St. Ann’s Church, 31 Erie Ave., Hornell where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30a.m. Saturday (Dec. 11, 2021). Committal prayers and interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Fremont.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA), 505 8th Ave. #902, New York, NY 10018. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the church.

The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell is honored to assist Kate’s family with the arrangements.

To add you own personal remembrance or condolence you may click on the link below or visit the Facebook page of Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc.

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11 Responses

  1. The world was a better place because of Kate Hillmans kindness and compassion as well as Kates ability to never speak a bad word about anyone!
    The world needs more people like Kate!
    Our deepest condolences to the entire Hillman family.

  2. I am so sorry to hear of Katie’s passing. What a wonderful person with a heart of gold!! We had a great year living on Oxford St. Rest in Peace Katie!

  3. I am so sorry to hear of Katie’s passing. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace Katie

  4. What a brave and courageous fighter for such a long time! Kate will be an angel in heaven looking down us all! I still have a picture, from a trip with her, on my sunporch that she sent when I was sick. There isn’t a day that goes by I don’t look at it and smile! May your special memories of Kate help you through this difficult time.

  5. Barb, My thoughts and prayers are with you in a special way. I’m sure all this has been an immense heartache for you throughout the years. Be strong! Have faith! And remember all the happy times!

  6. I’m so sorry to hear of Kate’s death. God love her. Now she’s home with her wonderful parents and brothers.


  7. You will always be fondly remmebered as one of my favorite babysitters that lived across the street from my Aunt Mary. May you rest in peace Katie.

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