Toni Pauline Fry-Hilgert, 46, of Alton, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2016 at St. Anthony’s Hospital.
She was born Jan. 1, 1970, in Alton to Gordon and Cary (Sinks) Fry. She married Mark Hilgert June 17, 2000. Toni was employed by the Alton School District and currently worked at West Elementary as a first-grade teacher. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton. Toni was active in the Alton Little Theater, PEO, MOMMES and was a Widji Woman with the Girl Scouts and was a Girl Scout Leader. She spent countless hours working with the Drama Department at Alton High School and East Alton-Wood River High School. Toni touched people’s lives with her contagious smile and shaped the minds and hearts of many children.
She is survived by her husband, Mark Hilgert of Alton; her triplets, Benjamin, Jonah and Mollie Hilgert of Alton; mother, Cary Fry of Wood River; three sisters, Roxanna (Chuck) Johnson of Wood River, Shone Fry (Judy Bauer) of Springfield, and Kim Fry (Chuck Oary) of Red Bud; brother, Tracy (Kamie) Fry of Eldon, Mo.; mother-in-law, Alice Jean Hilgert of Jerseyville; brothers-in-law, Paul (Carla) Hilgert of Alton and John Hilgert of Alton; sister-in-law, Laura (Todd) Burton of Grafton; 16 nieces and nephews and 12 great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Gordon Fry.
Visitation will be 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at Paynic Home for Funerals. A time of remembrance and a celebration of her life will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2016, following visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton with Father John Luong as Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Heart Association or East Alton-Wood River High School in care of the Foundation for Toni P. Fry Scholarship for Drama. Online guestbook available at www.paynicfh.com.