Jill Milazzo

Jill Ann Milazzo

Sunday, September 20th, 2020
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Jill Ann Marie Milazzo, OCDS, passed away on September 20, 2020 in her home in Bakersfield, CA.
She was born July 12, 1938 in Springfield Minnesota to Sylvester Otto and Jean Terese Baltes. Jill graduated from Saint Joseph's Cathedral High School in San Diego CA. in 1956 and attended The Women's University of San Diego, majoring in Theology and Music. She retired as an Administrative Secretary for the Bakersfield City School District.

Jill had many accomplishments but the one we mention comes directly from her. While living in Chula Vista CA, her mother volunteered Jill’s services to fill in as choir director. Together Jill and her mother had the choir for five years. As it was before Vatican II, much of the music was in Latin with three and four part harmony. She says, "Sometimes we made really beautiful music together." The choir got invited to sing Christmas Carols on TV (in Tijuana) and once sang the Star Spangle Banner at a Padres baseball game.
Jill was a faithful Catholic who lived her faith through love of family, friends and neighbors. Prayerfully, she lived her vocation as a Discalced Carmelite Secular, serving as a Council member, teacher, and Community secretary.

Jill loved spending time with her family, crocheting afghans, following NASCAR and football (with and occasional Coors Light in hand), and sharing her faith in words and deeds.

Jill was preceded in death by parents, sister Molly Susan Baltes, and niece Laura Baltes Watkins.
Jill is survived by her children Jerry Hessler (Sidney), James Hessler, Molly Hessler, Michael Hessler (Shirley) and Robert Milazzo (Mern); her siblings Jerry Baltes (Pat), Patrick Baltes (Mary Kay), Nancy Baltes Tuten, and Peter Baltes (Tina); her grandchildren Ryan Hessler, Greg Hessler (Cassie), Richard Hessler, Elizabeth Goossen (Michael) and Kameryn Milazzo; great grandchildren Kamden Hessler, Wylie Hessler, and Elsie Hessler. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews and a large extended family.
Services will be held on October 13, 2020 at Christ The King Catholic Church, 1800 Bedford Way Bakersfield CA 93308. Rosary will be at 10:00 am followed by the Funeral at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to EL Carmelo Retreat House C/O Catherine Faller 1707 Calaveras CT. Bakersfield, CA, 93309
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    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 11:00am
    Christ the King Catholic Church
    1800 Bedford Way
    Bakersfield, CA 93308
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Posted at 11:07am
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Donna Miller

Posted at 09:48pm
We will miss Jill at daily and Sat. evening mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. She was a prayerful lady and had a beautiful voice for singing and reading as a lector. May she Rest In Peace with our Lord in heaven.
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Esmeralda Anderson

Posted at 02:03pm
Jill was a wonderful lady. I got to know Jill at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in the Church office and at the Saturday 4:30 pm Vigil mass. She would always let me know when the Tabernacle candle was low so that we could make sure it would never go out. My husband and I will miss her presence at the far right side of the Chapel at her usual spot when we are able to again worship indoors. Our deepest condolences to her family.

Esmeralda(Essie) and Bard Anderson

Trudy Mooney

Posted at 09:07pm
I had the pleasure of working with Jill for many years at the BCSD District Office. That was when it didn't matter what department you worked, you knew everybody. I had the opportunity to speak with Jill last December. She was on my Christ the King phone list begging for cookie donations for our annual Ladies Guild Cookies for Christmas sale. She let me know at that time that she was attending St. Elizabeth's Parish but wanted to remain on Christ the King's list because a part of her heart was still there. I planned to attend Jill's Mass, however, I have a conflicting family funeral on the same day in Simi Valley. Know that my love and prayers are with you. Your Sister/Mom/Grandmother/Great Grandmother/Aunt/Friend was truly a lady. What a blessing she was to her family and friends. Peace and Blessings, Trudy Mooney

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