Celebration of Charlotte

Longtime owner of Stirling City Hotel dies at age 73

The upper Ridge lost an institution on Oct. 24, when Charlotte Ann Hilgeman, longtime owner of the Stirling City Hotel, died of natural causes at age 73.

Hilgeman (pictured) advocated for upper Ridge communities as well as for Butte County arts and tourism. She ran for Butte County supervisor in 2004 against District 5 incumbent Kim Yamaguchi, who won re-election. She facilitated talks—including a 2008 public forum in Stirling City—between residents and the Paradise Unified School District on reopening Horace Brakebill School (which closed due to low enrollment and remains closed). Hilgeman served on the county’s tourism advisory committee.

Her family is hosting a celebration of life on Saturday, Nov. 12, from noon to 5 p.m., at the Stirling City Community Hall (17044 Skyway).