Doris Hilker

Doris Rose Hilker

1934 - 2024

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Obituary of Doris Rose Hilker

Doris Hilker

1934 - 2024


Doris Rose Hilker (Barnes) passed away peacefully on March 1, 2024 at the age of 89.


She leaves behind her soulmate and best friend Dennis Frederick Hilker and daughters Shellie (Doug Armstrong), Denise (Bob Deutschmann) and Laurie (Michael Messier) as well as seven grandchildren Becky (Drew), Dave, Jena (Andrew), Mitch (Hanh), Chad (Sarah), Toby (Suzie) and Ty and 6 great grandchildren Sienna, Ella, Jessica, Finn, Isla and Kai.


A lifelong resident of Kitchener-Waterloo, Doris worked as an elementary school teacher and also as a special needs teacher at New Dawn School.  Later she volunteered for Save the Children and Maycourt.


She had a full life surrounded by many cherished friends and family.  With them she enjoyed hiking, tennis, skiing, biking, playing bridge, travelling, gardening, music and especially summers spent on Tabasakwa Island and sailing on Georgian Bay.


She was a kind and giving person, the consummate "mom" and a constant presence in our lives, always there to share our joys and sorrows.


Doris and Dennis first met at the age of 13 and shared a rare and enviable bond.  They have celebrated 68 years of marriage.

Special thanks for the love and support provided at Waterloo Hospice.


In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to Hospice Waterloo Region and can be arranged at

A private family service and celebration of life will be held at a later date.