I will miss my dear Aunt. When I was a little boy she would come to Grandpas and pickup furniture for her store. Grandpa and my brother would strip it and she would refinish it. She showed me to find the beauty in the things surrounding us daily. It was always fun for us kids when she drove Hwy94 like it\'s supposed to be driven. She was always good for a laugh and encouraged us to play together. The fun we had on Easter as her and her kids got us little ones running all over Grandpas house to fund the Easter bunny. I will miss her more every day as I get older. Love Brian
Ila, my friend, I will miss you terribly. Service Dog Project brought us together. Every year you asked me to carry your Spirit Stick at Dog Fest and I was honored to do so. Rest in peace my friend. Love Linda Kwiatkowski
I knew Ila through her association with and love of Service Dog Project. I loved reading about her visits to Fire Stations and the friendships she made there. You will be missed very much Ila.
My sincere condolences to the family.
My sweet Aunt Ila, no words can describe our loss, you will forever be missed. Our times together will always be remembered, you were the in-charge Aunt, I can hear you calling out direction, each family members name was called out \"now do this\", it was like you had a job for everyone. No one ever said no, especially Uncle Milt, we just did what you asked.
You always had an eye for beauty and class, your sparkle, laughter and smile would light up a room, you had a glow about you that was strong and yet sweet.
You knew everything there is to know about Antique furniture, the entire family was a part of your store; from the auctions to the refinishing of furniture, to loading and unloading uhals and store front set up, it was a Heger/Steutermann tradition that went on for years.
Then there was the hours of card games and trivia, it was one family against the other, who was going to win!! Your Kids along with your nieces and nephews battled it out more often than not, and if I might say the competition was fierce and some battles were never won, they are still talked about today.
You especially touched my life when you fell in love with my dogs, Chopper was your boy and you stuck up for his puppy shenanigans no matter how bad he was. I always included you in his adventures and he even wrote you often to share with you how his lizard hunting skills were improving, the stories were priceless and only you and I could appreciate them. There was something about him that warmed you, he was very special to you and I for the time we shared him together. He helped us laugh when times were hard, he even made many days a little brighter.
I will forever hear your giggle, see your smile, hear you calling my name. Our Family will miss you, we will honor you, love you and never forget. Rest now my sweet Aunt, until we meet again XOXO
Illa, I will miss our weekly chats. You became the grandma I didn\'t have. I will cherish the 10 years I got to spend with you and I will tell Cooper all about you.I know how much he meant to you. I love you so much. And I will miss you terribly. Your hair dresser, friend and adopted grand daughter.
Jerrie Van Vliet
I didn\'t know Ila personally, but knew of her through the Service Dog Project postings she frequently made, especially her wonderful words and pictures of the baked goodies she joyously brought to \"her\" fire fighters on the 19th of each month. She will be dearly missed. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.
Sweet, sweet Ila. You will be missed. I never met you, but your sweet soul came out of all the wonderful things you did for others. I am one of the CP\'s from SDP\'s huge family and you are one of the best. Rest in peace Ila. Love Diane Snow \"snowdawg\"