Pauline Billigmeier, age 94, of Bird Island died Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at her home. Mass of Christian Burial is Monday, February 18th at 11:00 a.m. St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bird Island with Rev. Joe Steinbeisser as celebrant. Burial is in the church cemetery. Visitation is for one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. Mary Catholic Church or Renville County Hospice. Arrangements are by Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Olivia, MN.
Pauline Lucille (Uthe) Billigmeier was born in Bird Island on July 15, 1924 to Henry and Mary (Dummer) Uthe. She grew up in Bird Island and was baptized, received first communion, and was confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Pauline attended St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School and High School graduating in 1943. After graduating from high school, she attended Trinity Catholic School of Nursing in Jamestown, North Dakota graduating in 1947 as a registered nurse. Pauline worked at Jamestown Hospital in Jamestown, North Dakota and Renville County Hospital in Olivia. She truly loved the nursing profession.
On July 2, 1949, Pauline was united in marriage to Wilbert “Danny” Billigmeier at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. After their marriage, they lived in Jamestown, North Dakota and New Rockford, North Dakota and returning to Bird Island in 1951 when Wilbert “Danny” decided to go into business for himself. She worked with her husband in his accounting and tax service business and continued the business after her husband passed into the Lord’s care in 1979.
Pauline traveled the eastern part of the United States with her sister Edna Bunker and brother Kenneth Uthe and their spouses after her husband’s death. She spent her remaining years caring for family and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a devout Catholic who prayed the rosary daily, attended Mass when possible, and if not able to attend, watched it on TV. No doubt, Pauline is reunited with her beloved husband Wilbert “Danny”, grandson Adam Danny Myers, and daughter Carol Billigmeier. Pauline was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Catholic Council of Women, and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Pauline is survived by her son Daniel Billigmeier of Bird Island; and a daughter Kay Ann (Gary) Myers of Onida, South Dakota; grandson Eric (Courtney) Myers and great grandchildren Cale, Kiera, and Quinn of Plymouth; and granddaughter Rachel (Brent) Lorentz and great grandchildren Evie, Piper, and Myers of Shoreview. She is also survived by a brother, Kenneth Uthe, of Circle Pines, and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Pauline was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Mary Uthe, husband Wilbert “Danny” Billigmeier, grandson Adam Danny Myers, sisters Katherine Uthe, Adeline Welsh, Doris van der Hagen, Edna Bunker, and daughter Carol Billigmeier.
Blessed Be Her Memory