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STEPHANIE “CIS” HILER


Stephanie “Cis” Marie Hiler passed away peacefully on Sept. 25, 2023 in the presence of her loving daughters.

Stephanie was born in Arkansas on Aug. 31, 1952 to Woodrow and Dovie Downey. She grew up in Coloma, Michigan. She was in the middle of nine kids and was quickly nicknamed Cissy by her siblings. She would then go by Cissy to all who knew her well, for the rest of her life.

Cis married Dewey Hiler in 1976. They would eventually move to Traverse City where they were residents for over 30 years. Cis spent 20 years in the road construction business. In the 1980s she was one of the few women in the state who would manage gravel pits, do testing and run front end loaders.

She was also called Mrs. Aggregate. On a good day you could find her enjoying the beautiful Northern Michigan summers, maybe fishing on a boat or just relaxing outside. She also enjoyed her true crime TV and cryptograms. Cissy loved her big family and always enjoyed seeing her brothers and sisters.

She is preceded in death by her husband Dewey, her brothers Mike Downey, Stan Downey and her nephew Scott Downey.

She is survived by her children, daughters Chastity Hiler and Sarah (Nathan) Sweeney, and stepchildren Jennifer (Toby) Wenzel and Dewey Hiler Jr.; grandchildren Jane and Elliot Sweeney, and Katelyn (Justin) Weaver and great-granddaughter Iris Weaver; siblings Wayne (Sandy) Downey, Larry (Dovie) Downey, Guy (Judy) Downey, Theresa Stark, Kim Copeman, and Keith Downey; sisters-in-law Sue Downey and Diane Downey, and several nieces and nephews.

She was proud of all her kids and would especially boast to anyone who would listen about her grandkids and great-grandchild. She will be missed greatly but we know with the hope of heaven this isn’t goodbye but see you later.

Visitation will be held from 2-3 p.m. and funeral services will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023 at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. The family is inviting friends of Stephanie to the reception following the service, at the American Military League located at 2423 Sybrandt Rd., Traverse City, MI.

Thank you for sharing your memories and condolences with her family at www.Reynolds-Jonkhoff.com.

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