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Helga Eckhardt Hill
  • 83 years old
  • Date of birth: May 23, 1930
  • Place of birth:
    Berlin, Germany
  • Date of passing: Feb 15, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Pinole, California, United States

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Helga Hill, 83, born on May 23, 1930 and passed away peacefully in her home in Pinole, California on February 15, 2014. Helga was born in Berlin, Germany, and lived in Berlin during World War II.  After the War, in her early twenties, she moved to the United States and worked as a seamstress in West Virginia.  She almost returned to Germany  (she wasn't fond of the winter weather or of sewing), but was invited to visit Florida with her host family.  Her visit to Florida convinced her that she wanted to remain in the United States. Her first marriage to Beatty Bishop brought her to Cincinnati, Ohio, where she helped raise Beatty’s children, Jim and Beverly Bishop.  After her divorce, she moved to California, where she began a long career as a gourmet candy sales representative, even though she was not a fan of chocolate!  We all fondly remember the gifts of Jelly Bellies, gummy bears, and gummy worms we received over the years.  In 1975, she met Phil Hill, and they were married on October 1, 1984. Theirs was a long and happy marriage, and they are now reunited, Phil having predeceased her by just over a year ( Helga valued her routines, her husband, reading books, doing crossword puzzles, listening to music, watching movies, taking care of her home, her garden, and her cats. Towards the end of her life, she often mentioned that hers was a wonderful and satisfying life.

Helga is survived by her step children Jim Beatty, Janel Hill, Tuoc Luong, Stuart Hill, and Allison Malone, and her grandchildren, Taylor, Cole and Jordan Hurwitz, Shelby and Cade Malone, and Timothy and Lianna Luong, her nephew Guido Akaras, sister-in-law Helen Hill, nieces Lisa Arnette, Michelle Maughan, and nephew Robert Hill.

We invite you to join us for a memorial celebration of Helga's life on March 22nd at 2 p.m. at their home in Pinole, 3525 Ponderosa Trail. For more information please call Allison at (505) 463-5164. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Angelica Wieling on 15th February 2017

"We laugh, we cry many times thinking of you. You brought us many memories. Helga & Phil you will be forever in our heart
Andy & Angelika"

This tribute was added by Angelica Wieling on 23rd May 2016

"Happy Birthday our dear Berliner!!!!!!
Love forever
Andy & Angelika"

This tribute was added by Linda Watkins on 18th February 2016

"This is a lovely tribute page. I just learned from a cousin that Helga had passed away two years ago. Helga was married to my uncle, Batie Bishop, Jr. when I knew her. I remember when Uncle Jr married her and she became a part of our family. She had such a fun, vibrant personality! I was very close with my cousin Beverly-Uncle Jr's daughter-and when she was visiting with them I would go & stay as well. She took Bev & I shopping & bought us each an outfit that I remember to this day as being my favorite for a long time. Since I was still a young girl at the time she & my uncle divorced & she moved to Ca. I lost track of her. I have thought of her many, many times over the years & wished I had been able to see her again. I am delighted to hear she had a long and happy life filled with family and love."

This tribute was added by Angelica Wieling on 15th February 2016

"We still miss you and Phil. Every time we drive by Pinole we mention your names. It feels like you left to soon and we still wanted to share so much. Love Andy & Angelika"

This tribute was added by Angelica Wieling on 23rd May 2015

"Yes Helga we remembered your day - in Canada too
Met a Berliner Heinz and we talked about you being a "real" Berliner!!!!!
Andy & Angelika & Hilde"

This tribute was added by Nan Bishop on 23rd May 2014

"Jim took me to Cincinnati in August,1966 when she was still
married to Jim's dad, Batie.  Having never met either of them
before, and knowing they were going to be my new in-laws, I
was nervous going there.   Helga was so gracious to me and of
course, she was so delighted and loved seeing her "Jimmy" after
he came home from being in the Army for 3 years.

Jim lost his mother 14 years ago and I lost mine last year.  After
having lost Helga, whom we loved so dearly, this was out first year
not to have someone to call "Mom" on Mother's Day
To say we miss her is truly an understatement.  We will
always love and miss her.       Nan Bishop"

This tribute was added by Anna Marshall on 26th March 2014

""Helga was full of life and joy and was not afraid to take on anything in life she was so giving and new exactly what she wanted.  What a gift.  A wonderful and gracious hostess at parties and when she gave a party if you did not have fun it was you own fault.  It was truly a gift to have her as friend.  When challenges came her way she took them on and SHINED.  Helga and her gifts have always played apart of my life and always will.  I will always miss our talks.  The wonderful memories we created were will be with me forever.  Helga will be truly missed.  I want to thank her children for this wonderful memorial.
Thank you
Anna Begley Marshall"

This tribute was added by Robert Doumitt on 19th March 2014

"Great littlle lady, She was a wonderful inspiration to our dear friend, Philip.

We have happy memories of both .

We do miss them both very much."

This tribute was added by Guido Karas on 11th March 2014

"Helga was my aunt. I am aware of her since my first visit to the United States together with my parents, when I was three years old. Every evening she read bedtime stories to me during this stay and she went with me into the Disney movie “Peter Pan” whispering almost every translated word into my ear.  Two very early memories I will never forget. Helga was up for anything fun all the time and her Berliner dialect was always better than mine. I would have liked to see her one last time. I miss her.

This tribute was added by Angelica Wieling on 3rd March 2014

"Helga was my friend for almost 44 years.  We always had good times laughing. Helga being a "Berliner" was more than special. When I tried to translate some of her stories from Berliner dialect to English for my husband Andy, it was not funny because it is a dialect that only natives understand. I loved her dearly and miss her so much. At last Xmas eve dinner she kept telling everyone "I had a good life". Our friends adored her so much too!  She and Phil were a fixture at our gatherings. Her last words to me the night before she passed  were "give your sweety greetings from me,".  Auf wiedersehen  Helga I miss you!!!

This tribute was added by Marie-Ann Hill on 27th February 2014

"Helga was a very special person in many ways.  Phil and I were painfully divorced and very shortly after Phil and Helga were married.
Helga was always very gracious and we had good times together.  She was a great role model for Phil and my children and grandchildren.  
She has a special place in my heart, as well.
Mary-pAnn Hill"

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