Aubrey James Holleran
|Posted 2019-02-11 by Judy Wight Branson|
|Camp Verde Bugle, Camp Verde, Arizona|
Thursday, October 04, 2018
Aubrey Holleran was born on Jan. 20, 1925, in Chicago, Illinois, to
John T. and Gertrude (Kissel) Holleran, and died Sept. 28, 2018, in
The Irish/German Catholic family consisted of six other children: John,
Marie, Robert, Patsy, Rita and Richard. Family was important to the
Hollerans, with many family events occurring at the home on Kilpatrick
Avenue . . . this focus on family carried through his entire life.
Aubrey attended St. Edwards Catholic Grade School and Schurz High
School, where he developed a love for history - claiming that if it
hadn’t been for that subject, he’d never have made it through high
WWII started when Aubrey was in high school. He was drafted, but then
rejected due to one leg being shorter than the other.
He was later accepted back into the draft and joined the Navy. He was
trained as an aviation mechanic and tail gunner, doing a stint as a
member of the Shore Patrol in Norfolk when WWII ended.
He started his working career at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago. It
was there that he met Darlene, the love of his life, and was married by
a Justice of the Peace on Nov. 21, 1955.
Forty-five years later, on April 12, 2000, they were married again,
receiving the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony at St. Francis Cabrini
Catholic Church in Camp Verde, Arizona.
Aubrey worked his way up the business ladder in the Conrad Hilton
Corporation, successful not only because of his accounting skills but
also because of his people skills.
In the early ‘70s he left Chicago when he was transferred to the Las
There, he and Darlene enjoyed a whole new way of life: boating on Lake
Mead, off-the-road exploration of the desert, camping, basking in the
beauty of the West.
From there he was transferred to Reseda, California, and promoted to
Comptroller of the whole western region (covering the West Coast
Hiltons as well as those in Hawaii and Alaska).
After working for Hilton for 45 years, he retired and settled in Lake
Montezuma, Arizona. That small community’s main attraction was the golf
course. It was there that he made full use of the Hilton’s retirement
gift to him: a golf cart! They led a very active retired life:
volunteer work for St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church, golfing and
partying with various golf groups, traveling all over the country in
their motorhome to visit family, friends and to check out different
This active lifestyle drew to a close as Darlene’s health deteriorated
and he became her caregiver. After her death in 2014, Aubrey moved to
Bothell, Washington, enjoying living close to family, watching Sunday
Seahawk football games, eating Zeek’s pepperoni pizza every Friday
night, and participating in church services at St. Brendan’s. He lived
in the Woodland Terrace Senior Community until just a few months before
Aubrey is survived by his sisters, Marie Stalcup and Rita Jensen of
Illinois; his brother, Richard of Arizona; as well as numerous nieces
In addition, he is survived by his stepsons, Larry Ferreri (Anneliese)
of Bothell, Washington, and Charlie Ferreri (Sandy) of New Berlin,
Wisconsin; granddaughters, Valerie (Garry), Erika, Lisa; and four
great-grandchildren Anfernee, Nathan, Jayden, Gavin and Avery.
Aubrey was a man of Faith, having a rich prayer life as well as a
caring heart for family and friends. He was a gentleman, a kind
individual who was concerned about the well-being of others.
He had a jovial nature, joking freely with everyone . . . and, of
course, there was that magical twinkle in his eyes that delighted
anyone who noticed it.
The funeral Mass will be at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church in Bothell,
Washington, on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. His remains will be interned at
All Souls Cemetery in Cottonwood, Arizona, at a later date.
Information provided by survivors.
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