Hermann Paul Hilse
12/29/1937 - 04/01/2016

Hermann P. Hilse, 78, of Mountainside, New Jersey passed away on Friday, April 1, 2016 at Clark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Clark, NJ.

Hermann was born on December 29, 1937 in Newark, New Jersey. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Paul and Anna (nee Jaros) Hilse.

Hermann graduated with his teaching degree from Trenton State and attended the University of Saskatchewan as an exchange student. He furthered his education and received his master’s degree from Clark University in Geography and his second master’s degree from Rutgers University in Library Sciences. He also studied at Princeton University.

He spent all his working years in Irvington Public Schools as a teacher of history, geography and as a librarian. Hermann was known as Mr. New Jersey because of his vast knowledge of New Jersey. He loved to research material and provide answers. He enjoyed traveling to historic places, especially in New Jersey. Hermann had an interest in the history of all kinds of things from A to Z.

Hermann was a member of the Lions Club of Irvington, NJ, Garden State Postcard Club, Antique Auto Club, and the Deltiological Society.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Rosemarie (Meissner) Hilse. He was the father of son, Paul C. Hilse and daughter, Anne Marie Hilse Andrus and her husband Scott Andrus. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Ernest Meissner.

Services will be private and a memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 639 Mountain Ave, Springfield Township, NJ 07081.