Frances M. Hiltner

March 07, 1934 ‒ October 04, 2019

Galion, Ohio

Frances M. Hiltner, 85, of Galion passed away Friday evening, October 4, 2019 at Galion Pointe.

She was born March 7, 1934 in Lucas, Ohio and was the daughter of Leo and Esther (Gage) Smith. On September 4, 1955 she married Ronald E. Hiltner and they enjoyed nearly 48 years of marriage until his passing on July 17, 2003.

Fran graduated from Madison High School and worked for many years as a legal secretary for Moulton, Ricksecker, Wagner and Hoover in Galion. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Galion.

Fran was proud of her flower garden and would often can her vegetables. She loved to travel. When the children were young, the family would camp in many states east of the Mississippi. After the children were grown, Ronald and Fran traveled, sometimes with family, to many places in the United States and abroad. Fran also enjoyed shopping and finding antique furniture to refinish.

She is survived by three sons, Reed T. (Susanne) Hiltner of Mansfield, Ryan G. Hiltner and Rod P. Hiltner both of Collierville, Tennessee; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister Sharon (Hans) George; brother Roger (Louise Slater) Smith of Butler; brother-in-law Julius Spognardi of Chicago, Illinois and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by three sisters, Audrey Spognardi, Colleen Pipes and Judy Roberts.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 10 with Rev. Tim Wingert officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church or the activity fund at Galion Pointe in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Frances Hiltner, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • To Fran’s family,
    Remember her laugh and the square dancing outfits.
    Sorry for your loss and hope and pray that as time passes, your sadness is replaced by memories of happy times.

    God Bless

    Barbara Moser Gabner.

  • Fran was a delightful lady. I enjoyed the years I spent with her at the law office, where she was a great legal secretary. God speed, Fran, and thank you for your kindness.

  • So sorry to hear about Fran, I cleaned her beautiful home on Rt. 598 for many years and she worked at Wagner Law Firm with my Mother-in-law for many years. She was such a nice lady. May she rest in peace.

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Fran.i have many memories of visting her with Uncle Ron and cousins Reed,Ryan and Rod as a child. Condolences to them now as they morn the loss and also to everyone who knew her.

  • She was such a sweet lady and will surely be missed by all who knew her. To the family and friends we share with your loss, but now she is in a much better place, and we can rest in that thought.

  • To Roger, Sharon and Family ,So sorry to read of Frances’ passing , A very nice lady.My sincere condolences all of you, in your loss. sincerely, Ron Crawford ,Ashland, Oh

  • Reed and Susanne, my sincerest condolences. I remember her, I think from Mother’s club, remember that?
    Linda (Dawson) Fiatoa