Elaine (Domrose) Hiller, age 89 of Athens died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 at the home of her daughter Linda Hiller in Athens.
Born Aug. 1, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois she was the daughter of the late Albert & Caroline (Worch) Domrose. She had been a 5 year resident of Athens at the time of her death.
Elaine attended the Milwaukee Teachers College and then Northwestern University in Chicago where she received a Masters in Music Education degree.
Elaine was a 35 year resident of Cleveland, where she was a cellist, performing in the Ohio Chamber Orchestra and the Cleveland Opera Company. For more than 20 years she directed two church choirs at the United Methodist Church of Berea (Ohio), played in a string trio and taught private cello students in her home. Elaine helped found the Preparatory Department at Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, where she subsequently directed the String & Youth Orchestras for a number of years. She also performed in the organization, Young Audiences, exposing inner city school children to classical music.
She had her late husband, Kirby, retired to Richmond, Indiana where Elaine founded and ran a Suzuki Violin instruction program for very young children. Elaine performed in the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Whitewater Opera Company. She continued to teach private cello lessons at her home in Cleveland and Richmond, Indiana (for more than 40 years).
Elaine is survived by her daughter, Linda Hiller of Athens; three sons- Leslie Hiller of East Cleveland, Dudley (Barbara Vogel) Hiller of Siler City, N.C. and Gregory (Maravic Olanda) Hiller of Wakefield, Mass.; three grandchildren- Eli Hiller, Nenita Hiller and Walter Hiller; a sister, Betty Brown of Green Bay, Wisc.; two brothers- Robert (Wanda) Domrose and Donald (Kay) Domrose of Bradeton, Fla.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kirby Walter Hiller.
Funeral service will be conducted Monday 3:00 pm at Jagers & Sons Funeral Home, Athens. Friends may call from 1:00 pm until the time of service at the funeral home.
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