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February 23, 2023

Leona Hilla

Leona Hilla, 92, of Belleview, Florida, passed away January 22, 2023, Belleview, Florida. She was the wife of the late Eugene J Hilla who predeceased her in 2010.

Leona was born in Rogers City, Michigan, a daughter of the late John and Anastasia Zielinski. She was a devout Catholic and member of St. Theresa Catholic Church, Belleview. She enjoyed playing cards, bowling, bingo, golf, puzzles, and Sudoku.

Leona was a mother of 9 children and is survived by daughters, Judith Hilla of Belleview, FL, Marcia (Dave) Smolinski of Posen, MI, Bonnie (Mike) Ruggles of Petoskey, MI, and sons, Thomas (Laura) Hilla of Rogers City, MI, and Timothy Hilla of Wyoming, MI, brother Raymond Zielinski of Rogers City, MI, 18 grandchildren,  26 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great- grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Eugene Sr, her parents, daughter Nancy Bushart, sons Eugene Jr, Kenneth , and Steven Hilla, brother Father Norman Zielinski, sister and bother-in-law Helen and Donald Greengtski, sister-in-law Joyce Zielinski, and grandson Jesse.

The family received friends at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 5946 SE Robinson Road, Belleview, FL 34420 on Thursday, February 2, 2023, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The Rosary will be said at 5:30 PM. Funeral Mass was at 10:00 AM on Friday, February 3, 2023, at St. Theresa Catholic Church with Fr. Thomas Connery officiating. Condolences may be left at

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or a charity of your choice.


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