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Denise "Nester" R. Vik, January 6, 1966 - April 30, 2019

Denise "Nester" R. Vik
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Denise Rachelle Vik, known by everyone as Nester, of Eau Claire, age 53, passed away April 30th, 2019 from natural causes. 

Denise was born on January 6th, 1966 in Moorhead MN, to Veryl and Bonnie Vik. She graduated from Memorial High School in 1984. 

At the age of 18, Denise took a position bartending at a local Eau Claire establishment, Hoot’s Hilltop. She eventually came to purchase the bar, now known as Hilltop Tavern, and had become a local icon known by so very many people. Hilltop was her pride and joy for the last 35 years. 

Denise is proceeded in death by parents Veryl and Bonnie Vik. She is survived by fiancé Robert Lee Clark, sisters Amy Vik and Stephanie Priest, niece Sharon (Jeremy) Wuollet, and great niece Faith Jerding. 

We are all deeply saddened by the loss of one of the most generous and caring people. There was not a person she met that wasn’t treated like family.  Denise will be extremely missed and forever remembered. 

Rest in peace Nester. 

Visitation will be Tuesday May 7th from 4pm to 7pm at Hulke Family Funeral Home (3209 Rudolph Road). Hilltop Tavern will be open at 6pm on Tuesday evening for the celebration of life and Kevin Eisenhuth will deliver the eulogy at 8pm. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are preferred.  The family will determine at a later date which organization will receive the donations.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at 

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Eau Claire is assisting the family with the arrangements. 


  1. Tony Lindquist May 9, 2019

    Are hearts are with Amy and the Vik family.
    Tony and Burt Lindquist family

  2. Jaci Winsand (Schuster) May 8, 2019

    Dear Amy, Stephanie and family,

    My sincere sympathies. I remember Denise at the lake when we were all so very young and had the pleasure of seeing her at the bar when I was back in Eau Claire. Be strong sisters and rejoice in wonderful memories. Thinking of you.

  3. Priscilla Capelle Haehn May 5, 2019

    So sorry for your loss.

  4. Jen Koestler May 3, 2019

    We are devastated to hear this. Condolences to all who she loved. She had the biggest heart and gave everyone a chance or two! She will be missed by the entire city of Eau Claire. May you Rest In Peace Netty! We love you and always will!
    Cheers to you as we take a shot of warm Yukon!

  5. Lori Minch May 3, 2019

    Nester was an amazing person. I was blessed in this life to have known her and work for her at Hilltop. Nester always had a smile for everyone - and a smart remark for those she knew well! A hard worker who is now resting easy in paradise. See you later Nester!!!

  6. Lisa Klevgard May 3, 2019

    I am truly sorry to hear of Nester's passing. I had not seen her in a really long time but she has always had a special place in my heart and was a great friend back when I lived in Eau Claire. Condolences to her family. I know she will be missed by many.

  7. Rodney and kayla Shafer May 2, 2019

    To the family of Nester,
    I am so sorry for the loss of a wonderful women like nester. My heart goes out to all of you. She defiently was one amazin women. She had alot of impact on everyone she meet. We will miss her deeply. May she rest in peace. She may be gone but she will never be forgotten.

  8. Missy Pecha May 2, 2019

    Dear Amy and Family,
    I am so sorry for you loss. I only met Denise a few times. She was so nice to me the few times we spoke. She sure could cook. I had the pleasure of having her food a few times when she would send it with Amy for the office. She will be missed!

  9. Rhonda C Olson May 2, 2019

    I have no words that adequately reflect the loss I feel. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who loved Nester.

  10. Linda Burns May 2, 2019

    Dear Amy and family, I am so sorry to hear of your sister Denise's passing. I feel blessed to have met her, and will remember her sparkling personality and generosity.

  11. Tom May 2, 2019

    Very sorry for your loss Amy.

  12. sarah goulet May 2, 2019

    I am very sorry for your loss.

  13. Angie Goss May 1, 2019

    She was such a great woman. I love her and will miss her greatly. RIP