Carla Sue Hileman

Carla Sue Hileman

Carla Sue Hileman, 59, of Jonesboro, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023, surrounded by her family. 

She was born on July 26, 1964, in Carbondale, the daughter of Robert Logan and Janet Rae Pretzsch Ragan. 

She married Joe Hileman on Feb. 26, 1983, in Anna.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Hileman of Jonesboro; children Maddy (Clint) Walker of Carterville and J.R. (Lena Houston) Hileman of Jonesboro; parents Robert and Janet Ragan of Jonesboro; siblings, twin sister Marla (Todd) Williams of Anna, Tyler Ragan of Jonesboro, Chris Ragan of Anna and Margaret (Pat) Hite of Granite City; an aunt, Nancy (Knute) Schultz of Wood River; niece and nephew Chloe (Preston) Fore of Marion and Justice Hite of Granite City; brother-in-law Gary (Debbie) Hileman and their children, Todd and Eric Hileman, all of Grand Tower; other relatives and many friends.

She was of the Christian faith, growing up in the Nazarene Church. 

She dedicated her life to her passion for social work. Early in her career she worked at Southern Illinois University, later the State of Illinois with the Department of Children and Family Services as a child welfare specialist. She transferred to Chester Mental Heath Center until her retirement. 

She was awarded as Student Social Worker of the Year and had many accomplishments throughout her career. 

She loved traveling to Sanibel Island with her husband and children. She loved walking on the beach, enjoying sunsets and collecting shells. She liked dancing, caring for animals and a good book in her hand. Her generous and giving personality will be fondly remembered. 

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro, with Ray Highfield officiating. Interment was in the Jonesboro Cemetery. 

Memorials can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. 

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro was in charge of arrangements.

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