Marian E. Hiland

  • Born: August 11, 1920
  • Died: May 22, 2018
  • Location: Prophetstown, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

46 Grove Street
Route 78 N
Prophetstown, IL 61277

Tel. (815) 537-5544

Tribute & Message From The Family


Prophetstown- Marian E. Hiland, 97, of Prophetstown, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, May 22, 2018 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born at home near Lyndon on August 11, 1920 to Frank and Nellie (Allen) Eads. She graduated from Lyndon High School in 1938, and then attended Northern Illinois Teachers' College in Dekalb, obtaining a teaching certificate in 1940. Marian taught elementary school in Monroe Center and Genoa, and for 27 years she taught 2nd grade at Northside Elementary School in Morrison. During that time she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Northern Illinois University.

She married Frank Hiland, of Dekalb, on August 27, 1944 in Lyndon. They lived in Sycamore and Dekalb and in 1946 they moved to the family farm in Lyndon where they raised their children. Frank preceded her in death on November 20, 2014 after 70 years of marriage.

Marian is survived by her children, David (Hilda) Hiland of Chesapeake, Va.; Sue (Neil) Castelein of Taylor, Texas, and Mary Lou (David) Bend of Lamoille, 7 grandchildren, Andrew Castelein, Matthew Castelein, Lindsay Kendall, Peter Castelein, Nicoile Lee, Danielle Hiland and Erin Brenner; and 9 great grandchildren.

Marian was a member of the Lyndon Congregational Church, the Lyndon Historical Society and the Illinois Retired Teachers Association. She was a 4-H leader for 20 years. Sewing, dancing, cooking, reading, gardening and traveling were activities that she enjoyed throughout her life. She and Frank belonged to several flying clubs and enjoyed taking trips in their airplane as well as hosting fly-ins at their farm. They spent 20 winters together at their home in Mission, Texas.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Private graveside services were held on Friday, May 25 at Riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown. A celebration of her life will be at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Lyndon Historical Society. Arrangements are through McDonald Funeral Home and Crematory in Prophetstown.