Barbara Ann Dillon Hoene

September 26, 1932 ~ January 29, 2020 (age 87)


Barb was born on September 26, 1932, in Hibbing, MN, and died on January 29, 2020 at 87 years old in Duluth, MN.  She was very much loved by all who knew her and she will be greatly missed. Barb was preceded in death by her husband, Herb Hoene (2012); her daughters Mary Hoene Gilligan and Diane Hoene Madden; her parents, Gerald and Hope Lind Dillon; her siblings Geraldine (Dean) Janes, Patricia (John) Mestek  James (Dorothy) Dillon.   She is survived by her remaining children: Sarah Serre (Dave Litecky) of Duluth, Jeanne (Ty) Fayfield of Orono, MN, George (Jill) Hoene of Bloomington, MN, Martha (Larry) Dabrow of North Tustin, CA, Tom Serre of Duluth, Doug Dalager of Superior, and Jim Gilligan of Tucson, AZ. She dearly loved her 14 grandchildren: Zachary (Stephanie) Serre, Tim Serre, Alyssa (Jeff) Cremin, Joe (Jorid) Serre, Elena Fayfield, Owen Fayfield, Jessica Gilligan, Ashley (Ryan) Swango, Christine Hoene, Emily Hoene, Katie Dalager, Laura Dalager, Haley Dabrow, John Dabrow, and her 9 great-grandchildren. She left behind many beloved nieces and nephews, and a lovely circle of treasured, longtime friends. Barb began her work career at age 15 as a librarian in the children’s section of the Hibbing library.  In 1954, she graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing and worked as a nurse prior to marriage and having children. She later returned to work as a surgical nurse in the ICU at St Mary’s Hospital while raising her family.  In 1971, she took the position of supervisor of nursing care at the Duluth Clinic and eventually advanced to the role of Director of Nursing Services there until her retirement in 1995.  She and Herb shared many activities together including gardening, cooking, fishing, bridge clubs, singing, entertaining, and church service.  Barb had many individual passions: book clubs, bridge clubs, floral design, oil/watercolor painting, cooking/baking/canning, quilting, and walking/hiking.  In retirement, she worked at the UMD Bookstore and volunteered at the UMD Tweed Art Gallery. Barb was a dedicated parishioner at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary and School and volunteered in many capacities - Catholic Eucharist minister, lector, school/parish committee member. In retirement she became a director at Birthright and Together for Life Center.  Barb had many gifts including a great sense of humor, she loved to laugh, and she was a wonderful hostess and friend to all around her. Our family is especially grateful to all the wonderful, caring people who helped Barb along the way, most especially the entire staff of the Franciscan Health Center and Essential Health Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: Star of the North Maternity Home, 11 East Superior, Suite #273, Duluth, MN 55802, and/or Stella Maris Academy, 2802 E. 4th Street, Duluth, MN 55812 . A Wake service takes place from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, February 6 at Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E. 2nd St., Duluth, MN 55805.   On Friday, February 7 Church Visitation begins at 10:00 a.m. and Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. 4th St. Duluth, MN.  Burial immediately after Mass at Calvary Cemetery, Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, Duluth MN, 218-727-3555.




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February 6, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dougherty Funeral Home
600 E 2nd Street
Duluth, MN 55805

February 7, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary
2801 East Fourth Street
Duluth, MN 55812

Mass of Christian Burial
February 7, 2020

11:00 AM
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary
2801 E 4th St
Duluth, MN 55812-1599

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