Bremen High School
Class of '62 Reunion Events & Activities

A Tribute to Betty (Erickson) Hillenbrand

Life was different back then -- 1958 through 1962 was a much simpler time.  Those were truly our --"Happy Days!"


We were a fortunate group of teenagers.  There were no gangs or violence.  The only concerns we had were who won the basketball or football game -- and of course, who was going to the “Pow-Wow” dance after the game.


Back then, everyone was important and everyone participated in their own way.  However, Betty always participated much more than most.


1.     Student Council Representative (years 1 and 2)

2.     Student Council Secretary (year 3)

3.     Girls Club (years 1 and 2)  

4.     Cheerleader (year 2)

5.     Prom Committee (year 3)

6.     The “Chorus” (years 1, 2, and 3)

7.     The “Troupers” (years 3 and 4)  

8.     The “Dolphins” Secretary (year 4)


That girl had had an abundance of energy – she could lead, cheer, sing, act, and swim!  Everyone who knew Betty also knew that she had a kind spirit – a spirit that always radiated through her beautiful smile.


High School was a long time ago.  It's just a memory now, but Betty will be a lasting part of those "Happy Days".  Thanks for the memories, Betty -- and rest in eternal peace.


The Bremen High School Class of 1962 will miss you!

Betty's life and legacy…


Betty was one of our most active classmates participating in no less than 8 extracurricular activities at Bremen, ranging from Student Council to Cheerleading.   Still being the Betty we all knew, she fought hard to the end with her family and friends nearby.  Betty was Mom to Kristen & Jenny, Sister to Kay, Bob, Judy, and Richard, Grandma to Sarah & Collin -- and a cousin to many more! 


Not surprisingly, Betty had one more “extracurricular activity” to share with us.  On April 27, 2014, the “Breaking out for Betty Team!” participated in theBreakthrough for Brain Tumors Chicago 5K Run and Walk” This team was formed in honor of Betty by her family prior to her passing.  The event raised more than $800,000 for brain cancer research and The "Breakingout for Betty" team's contribution was $2,126!


Betty – we’ll all miss you!  Gone, but not forgotten!