Ilion, NY-Mrs. Kathleen A. "Kathy" (Haggerty) Hilts, age 72, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018 at Valley Health Services, Herkimer following a long illness. She was born on March 23, 1946, in Ilion, daughter of the late Edward and Marion (Cristman) Haggerty and educated in Ilion schools. She was united in marriage with William Hilts on August 1, 1970, he passed away on Sept. 6, 2012. Kathy had a deep love for family first, but also served as a "neighborhood mom" for many. She will also be remembered for her quick wit, spunky attitude and her absolute love for country music. She prided her self in being a friend to all, always uplifting peoples spirits. Survivors include her three beloved sons, Chris Abeling and wife Jacky of Ilion, Kirk Hilts and wife Jamie of Ilion, and Ryan Hilts of Mohawk; five adored grandchildren, Brett Hilts, Madeline Helmer, Hayden Hilts, Emalyn Hilts and Jewelianna Wilson; sister and brother in law, MaryJane and Chuck Guile and sister in law, Sheila Haggerty, all of Ilion; numerous Hilt's family inlaws, along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, Gerald, Edward and Robert Haggerty. In keeping with Kathleen's wishes, there will be no calling hours. However, relatives and friends are respectfully invited to a graveside service at Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer commencing at 11 am on Monday, September, 10, 2018 with Anthony Fragapone of Hospice Care, Inc., officiating. Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5 (corner of Bidleman Road) between Little Falls and St. Johnsville, 315-508-5131 has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. The family would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to the entire staff of Valley Health Services, Herkimer and Hospice Care, Inc. for their kindness and compassion. Please click above to add to Kathy's online tribute.