Hillestad, Louise C. (Lise), aged 80 of Fort Salonga New York and Pompano Beach Florida passed away January 5, 2013. She was born June 6, 1932 in Montreal Canada to Christian and Emma Gram-Knutsen and grew up in Bergen Norway. As an avid and passionate gardener she pursued horticultural accreditation and worked with the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. She also took great pride showing off her extensive garden and taking long walks in the neighborhood to get inspiration for her gardening. Lise is survived by her loving spouse of 54 years Hallvard J. Hillestad who lives in Hamden Connecticut, her two daughters, Elin Hillestad of Greenwich CT and Grethe Dahmen (Dirk) of Oberhausen Germany, her three granddaughters, Jana Dahmen, Nina Dahmen and Rebecca Hillestad, her brothers (Christian Gram-Knutsen (Anne-margrethe) of Bergen Norway and Per Gram-Knutsen (Hildegun) of Bergen Norway as well as many loving nieces and nephews.