Paul Hillesheim, age 75, of New Ulm, died on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at his home, with his family by his side.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 am on Monday, May 1, 2023, at Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New
Ulm with Father Joshua Bot officiating. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery where military honors will be provided by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 pm on Sunday, April 30, 2023, at Minnesota Valley Funeral Home – NORTH chapel and will continue from 9-10:30 am on Monday at the funeral home.
The Knights of Columbus will pray the rosary, that is open to the public at 4 pm on Sunday, April 30, 2023 at Minnesota Valley Funeral Home – NORTH chapel.
To leave an online condolence for the family, or to sign the guestbook, go to: mvfh.org
Paul is survived by his loving wife and caretaker, Ruth Hillesheim of New Ulm; sons, Jon (Shannon) Hillesheim of New Ulm, Chad (Sarah Rotering) Hillesheim of New Ulm, Jeremy (Stacey) Hillesheim of New Ulm, James (Kristin) Hillesheim of Gibbon; grandchildren, Jordan, Alex, Abbey, Lucas, Avery, Ashlyn, Gavin, Audrey, Emmett, Griffin, Noah, Hayden, Ella; sister, Arnolda Fischer of Sleepy Eye; brothers, Greg (Joannie) Hillesheim of St George, Ron (Susi) Hillesheim of Winthrop; sisters-in-law, Eunice Remien of Plymouth, Rita (Charlie) Herschman of Paynesville; brothers-in-law, John Klotz of Sleepy Eye, Eric (Genny) Woratschka of Springfield, IL, Steve Woratschka of Bloomington; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Arnold and Veronica, daughter-in-law, Peg Hillesheim; sisters, Ethel Helget, Judy Klotz; brothers-in-law, Willard Fischer, Wallace Helget, Jack Remien.
Paul Emil Hillesheim was born on October 8, 1947 in Sleepy Eye to Arnold and Veronica (Schroepfer) Hillesheim. Paul was baptized at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic school until 3rd grade when his family moved to Winthrop. He was confirmed at the Church of St. Francis in Winthrop. After graduation from Winthrop High School, he enlisted in the 452nd Army Reserve Unit. In 1968, the unit was activated to Vietnam where he served until 1969. On August 29, 1970, Paul was united in marriage to Ruth Woratschka at the Church of St. George. This union blessed them with four sons, whom together they raised in New Ulm. For 42 years, Paul worked at New Ulm Wholesale, most of his career as a salesman and retiring as part owner. He was a hard worker, always making sure his family was provided for. Paul was more than a salesman to his customers. He took pride in getting to know them and developing a friendship. Even after retirement he stayed in touch with his customers. If you knew Paul, you were a friend to him. Leading by example, he instilled this same work ethic in his sons. In his spare time, and even more so in retirement, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming, gardening, canning, sausage making, and anytime spent with his sons. With his sons he shared many family recipes. Paul was quick witted and had a good sense of humor. For many years, Paul, Ruth, and their family have also loved spending time at their cabin on Lake Koronis in Paynesville.
Paul was a very proud grandpa, attending as many of his grandkid’s school and sporting events as possible. Faith, family, and his country were of utmost importance to Paul and he passed those values onto his family. He was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, where he was an usher and a member of the 3rd and 4th degree Knights of Columbus. Paul will be dearly missed by all who where lucky to know him. Blessed be his memory.
The family of Paul would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the care provided to him by the Allina Hospice Team.
Memorials preferred to Father Berghold, Way of the Cross, or St. Joseph’s Church.