Dominque Hillmer, 83, of Manteca, California, passed away on May 17th, with her husband and son by her side.
Dominique was born on November 13, 1938 to Petronella Cammelbeeck and Theodorus Smits in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
In her younger years, she was a nanny, a nurse for special-needs children, and during a stint in modeling, adopted the name “Dominique”. In 1969, she married Major John Hillmer of New Ulm, Minnesota, whom she had met while he was stationed in Belgium. In 1972, they welcomed their only child, Alexander.
After many moves through John’s military service, they made Manteca their home in 1980, where they would live for 41 years. Always remembered for her dutch accent, Dominque was quick to make lifelong friends, and enjoyed working at the Windmill Cheese Shop and In-Shape City child care. Her passions included cooking, going on cruises, and being a loving mom. In 1999, Dominique was treated for Lymphatic cancer, which saved her life but robbed her of her multilingual voice yet never her spirit! A cancer survivor of 22 years, she participated in the laryngectomy support group, ‘Look Who’s Talking’, speaking at schools about the dangers of tobacco use. In late March, 2022, Dominique and John moved to Clearwater, a senior living community in Sonoma County, to be closer their son and his family.
She is survived by her husband, John, of 52 years, son Alexander, daughter-in-law Erin, her deeply loved grandchildren, Annabelle and Sebastian, and nieces and nephews.
In lieu of service or flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, June 25, 2022