In Memory of Elizabeth "Liz" Hilker

Elizabeth "Liz" Hilker
Elizabeth "Liz" Hilker
Born: February 27, 1950
Died: November 7, 2019
Age: 69
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Elizabeth "Liz" Hilker
February 27, 1950 - November 7, 2019
From: Ida Grove, IA

Elizabeth “Liz” Hilker, age 69, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Thursday, November 7, 2019, at Willow Dale Assisted Living of Battle Creek, Iowa.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Father Richard D. Ball will officiate. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 12, 2019, with the Rosary at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Vigil at 7:00 p.m., at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa.  The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Elizabeth Ann Hilker “Liz”, was born on February 27, 1950, in West Point, Nebraska. She was the daughter of Leo and Margaret “Peggy” (Freas) Samson.  She grew up in Ida Grove, Iowa, where she received her education and graduated from Ida Grove High School with the class of 1968.

Liz went on to further her education at Iowa State University, where she obtained her teaching degree in 1974.  In the same year, Liz married her high school sweetheart Allen Hilker and the couple made their home on a farm north of Ida Grove. The couple were blessed with three children, Garrick, Christopher, and Erin.

Liz started her teaching career at a parochial school in Early, Iowa.  She went on to teach the 5th grade for twenty years at Denison Parochial school before retiring in 2008. She was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where she volunteered her time as a lector, eucharistic minister and vacation bible school teacher. Liz was a member of the Red Hat Society and the Morningside Care Center Auxiliary.

An avid golfer, Liz enjoyed her time on the green and served on Ida Grove Golf & Country Club board. She liked traveling with her husband Allen, taking family vacations and cruises, water walking at the local rec center and going on bank trips with her friends. Liz treasured spending time with her family and adored her grandchildren. 

She is survived by her children, Garrick (Heidi) Hilker of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, Christopher (Jamie) Hilker of Rochester, Minnesota, Erin (Kory) Dausel of Cushing, Iowa; 7 grandchildren: Audrey, Vanessa, Elise, Ethan, Myah, Addyson and Jaedyn; father, Leo Samson of Ida Grove, Iowa; siblings, Russell (Jean) Samson of West Des Moines, Iowa, Mary Samson of Johnston, Iowa, Pat Junod of Ankeny, Iowa, and Paul (Pat) Samson of Medicine Lake, Minnesota; sister-in-law, Susan Streck of Ida Grove, Iowa; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Hilker (2014); mother, Margaret “Peggy” Samson; brothers-in-law, Stan Junod and Kent Streck.



10:00 a.m., Wednesday
November 13, 2019
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Father Richard D. Ball


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa

Rosary 6:30 p.m.

Vigil 7:00 p.m.


"Here I Am Lord"
"Holy Is Thy Name"
"Taste and See"
"You Are Mine"


Private Family


Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 1:55 PM
“So sorry to hear of Mrs. Hilkers passing. Liz taught both of our daughters at St. Rose of Lima. We were blessed to have had her, both as a teacher and a friend.
Prayers for her family.

John, Kathe Janae (Noel) and Sadie Harlow”
- Kathe Harlow
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 1:55 PM
“My deepest sympathy to Liz’s family. I taught with Liz at St Rose in Denison. She was a joy to work with. She will always be remembered. ”
- Judy Jepsen
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 3:04 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your mom was always very kind to me. Prayers to you and the whole family for comfort and peace. ”
Monday, November 11, 2019 at 11:46 AM
“Garrick, Chris, and sorry for the loss of your Mother. My personal memories are the years we played softball together. Liz was a great gal. My prayers and thoughts are with the Samson family who I knew growing up in Ida Grove. God's Blessings to all of you.”
- Marsha [Lunzman] Kjar Class of 1968
Monday, November 11, 2019 at 9:28 AM
“I taught with Liz at St.Rose. She was a neat lady. I always remember her patriotic themed classroom and clothing. Sorry for your loss. Many prayers. Jean Fletcher”
- Jean Fletcher
Monday, November 11, 2019 at 9:28 AM
“Thinking of you and your entire family. She will be greatly missed.
Laura Nelson”
- Laura Nelson
Monday, November 11, 2019 at 9:28 AM
“What a great mentor and friend that I had the privilege of teaching with for 10 years together at St. Rose in Denison. Liz expected placed high expectations on her school kids because she knew they could achieve those expectations. She was also a ball of fun to work with! Pajama day will never be the same to me thanks to Liz! Thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family!! Liz talked about each of you so often we felt like we knew you! She will be missed!! ❤️”
- Connie Dentlinger
Monday, November 11, 2019 at 9:28 AM
“We were friends of Allen and Liz at Iowa State. Malcolm and Allen lived next door to each other in Stange House of of Friley. We always treasured times spent with them after our college days. Our hearts reach out to you all in deepest sympathy in the loss of both of your dear parents.”
- Malcolm and Ardelis Miller
Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 3:29 PM
“I am so sorry to hear this . Thinking of the family ! Prayers and Hugs
- Megan Nippert & Family
Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 3:29 PM
“So sorry to learn of Liz' passing. Many sweet memories from high school and growing up together playing basketball. Those were such fun times. Prayers and sympathy to her family. Rest in peace, Liz. 💕

Gene and Linda Bockelmann
Class of 1968 ”
- Gene and Linda Bockelmann
Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 12:39 PM
“I am so sorry to hear this news. Both of my daughters had Liz as a teacher when she taught fifth grade at St. Rose School in Denison. She was an amazing teacher! She was so dedicated to her students....she was tough when she needed to be but you could see the love that she had for each of her students. Rest in peace, Liz. You now have your well deserved angel wings!”
- Sandy Hansohn
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