Helen C. Quillin, August 11, 1928 - January 10, 2021

Helen C. Quillin
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Helen C. Quillin, age 92, of Eau Claire, WI passed away peacefully on January 10, 2021 at Luther Hospital, Mayo Health System after several months of declining health, including a bout with COVID19.  She was born August 11, 1928 in Waukon, IA to Fred and Mathilda (Hoffman) Hammell as the youngest of five siblings.  After spending her early years on the family farm, she graduated from Lansing (IA) High School in 1946.  She found work as a nurse’s aide in La Crosse, WI, which she loved and would talk about decades later.  In 1951, she married Milton Quillin in Brownsville, MN and after a few years moved to Eau Claire where Milt founded the Eau Claire Tile and Terrazzo company.

During her years in Eau Claire, Helen worked for the Eau Claire Area School district as part of the kitchen staff, which was a perfect fit for her love of baking.  Within the family, she was renowned for her tasty Christmas cookies and bars.  Always cheerful, she enjoyed a good card game, a nice cup of coffee and a chat with friends and neighbors.  As Milt’s health declined due to cancer, she also took on the role of full-time care giver until his passing in 2008.  She was able to independently live on her own for another 10 years, until moving to Dove South in 2018 after a fall.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Milton, and her siblings Dorothy, Cletus, Vincent, and Clement.  Survived by her two adopted sons, Daniel (Cathy) Quillin of Eden Prairie, MN and Steven (April) Quillin of Layton, UT, as well as grandchildren Kyle, Ellen, and Sophia Quillin, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Due to COVID, a private ceremony will be held for her internment at Calvary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Helen’s name to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com.

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements. 


  1. Dorothy Sorlie January 18, 2021

    Helen - What a fine, pleasant, kind woman. I spent time with her while I was in Assisted Living at Dove South. We laughed, talked. Helen always had a smile. When my therapy dog and husband would visit, cheerfulness reigned. I feel privileged to have known her.
    Dorothy Sorlie

  2. Dolores Stack January 14, 2021

    Dan & Steve, your cousin Dolores Stack (Dorothy's youngest) here. I just loved Aunt Helen and Uncle Milton. I still have a pink mirror she gave me as a little girl. She was my Godmother. I was sorry to hear of her death. My prayers are with you during this sad and difficult time.

  3. Ron and Linda Luck January 14, 2021

    Oh how we enjoyed Helen as our neighbor. Loved her stories and experiences of life. Taught her to play Skip-Bo and then she beat us. What a wonderful laugh she had. We miss her. Looking forward to seeing her once again in Heaven.
    Ron and Linda Luck

  4. Bill, Olga, Willie, and Matt Hoff January 13, 2021

    Just know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  5. Sheila Moehle January 13, 2021

    Helen was such a joy! We will all miss her smiling face at Dove-South!

  6. Carol Collinson January 12, 2021

    Dan and Steve, I’m so sorry about your Mom, I worked with her in the school district, and we had so much fun together,I haven’t been able to visit her at Dove, but I had talk to her on the phone. She was so proud of you boys, and those three grandchildren.i will miss her so much. Please know I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m sure you have lots of wonderful memories of her, I know I do. Hang on to those beautiful memories. God be with you all.

  7. Paul Peterson January 12, 2021

    Hi Steve,

    This is your old friend from high school.

    I'm so sorry to here about your mom. My condolences and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Take care,