Hillar Taliste, age 87

Written by Brust Funeral Home on December 28th, 2017

TalisteHillar Taliste, age 87, passed away on December 22nd, 2017. He was a loving husband to Alma Taliste for 55 years, a loving father to Carmen Sederberg of Bloomingdale and Kendra Potts of Aurora, and a loving Grandfather to Shannon Sederberg, Ethan Potts, and Brett Potts.

A memorial will be held Sunday, January 7th from 1-4 p.m. with a service at 3 p.m. at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard, IL.

Hillar Taliste was born on February 20, 1930 in Tallinn, Estonia to Helene and Valter Taliste. He had one older brother, Arvo Taliste, who he was very close with his entire life.

When Russia invaded Estonia in 1944, the family was sent to Germany where they lived in an Estonian displaced persons camp. Hillar went to an Estonian school set up in the camp, was involved in scouts, YMCA, and enjoyed sports (especially volleyball).

In 1949, a church was able to find the Taliste family a sponsor so they could come to America. The family embraced the American dream and worked hard to create a life here in the Midwest. He became a U.S. Citizen in 1958.

Hillar first worked in a factory and then on a telephone company assembly line. In 1956 Hillar was employed with Sunbeam where he worked until 1980. He earned his BS in Electrical Engineering in 1969 from Illinois Institute of Technology.

He married Alma (Oad) on February 3rd, 1962 and their daughter Carmen was born on June 22nd, 1963. In 1971 he was offered a position as Sunbeam’s Technical Director for Europe and moved to Zug, Switzerland where they lived for six years. Their daughter Kendra was born there on September 24, 1974.

While in Switzerland, they enjoyed traveling Europe, skiing, and spending time with friends. In 1977 they moved back to the U.S. and bought a house in Lombard, IL where they lived until they moved to Montgomery, IL in 2014.

After leaving Sunbeam in 1980, Hillar worked at A.J. Antunes and later Middleby Marshall where he worked until he retired at age 70 in 2000. During his time in Lombard, Hillar enjoyed playing golf, bowling, and fishing.

In 2007 Hillar underwent a successful surgery for lung cancer. In 2010 he had double bypass heart surgery and was diagnosed with heart failure.

In lieu of flowers, honor gifts can be made to the American Lung Association, www.lung.org

For more info, contact 888-629-0094.


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