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Reta M. Hill

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Reta M. Hill, 93, Woodstock, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at JourneyCare Hospice Center, Woodstock, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Feb. 28, 1922, in Ringwood to Ray and Mabelle (Krohn) Merchant.

On July 1, 1944, she married the love of her life, Paul E. Hill, in Woodstock.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Woodstock. She was very active in the church and a member of the United Methodist Women’s Group. She was also a member of Gideons International, a service organization dedicated to spreading the word of the Lord. She enjoyed giving back to the community and spending time with her husband distributing Meals on Wheels. She loved traveling, taking family vacations every summer and camping in almost all 50 states.

She enjoyed playing canasta with her group of friends. But, most of all, she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who loved spending time with her family.

Survivors include six children, Patricia Renaldi, Richard (Alberta) Hill, Paula Hill, Ruth (Brian) Lundgren, Barbara (Jerry) Groskinsky and Carol (Jeff) Schnulle; six grandchildren, Bonnie (Jerry) Staaden, Chuck (Karen) Renaldi, SPC Ashley Groskinsky Jones, Michael Groskinsky, Jacob Schnulle and Hannah Schnulle; six step-grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband May 5, 2012; a brother, Kenneth Merchant; and two sisters, Darlene Cooney and Audrey Thurnau.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, at Schneider-Leucht Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, 1211 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock. The visitation will continue at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, until the funeral at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 201 W. South St., Woodstock. Burial will be at McHenry County Memorial Park Cemetery, Woodstock.

Memorials can be made to JourneyCare Hospice, 405 N. Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010; or to the First United Methodist Church of Woodstock, 201 W. South St., Woodstock, IL 60098.

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