Hilda Van Ekeren, CorsicaHilda Van Ekeren, 100, Corsica, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Good Samaritan Center, Corsica.
Hilda Van Ekeren, 100, Corsica, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Good Samaritan Center, Corsica.
She was born on Nov. 8, 1912.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Christian Reformed Church, Corsica. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, Corsica.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Koehn Brothers Funeral Chapel, Corsica, with a 7 p.m. prayer service.
Hilda Van Ekeren was born on a farm southwest of Corsica, in Douglas County, to Dewey and Hattie (Bultema) Westra, both from Holland.
She attended country school near their home, where she learned English. After graduating from eighth grade and the loss of her parents, she worked for many different families as a “live-in,” doing housework and caring for young children.
Hilda was a baptized and faithful member of Corsica Christian Reformed Church.
On April 2, 1931, she married John Van Ekeren at the church parsonage.
Hilda worked in John’s family’s bakery in Corsica early in their marriage and continued to do babysitting at her home.
She loved reading and read her Bible every day. Hilda enjoyed music, played the accordion, embroidered and was a wonderful seamstress, making clothes for her family as well as doll clothes. She was also an exceptional cook and baker.
The whole family loved coming over to eat all the goodies she made — especially her cookies, pies and pigs-in-a-blanket.
John and Hilda lived in Corsica their entire married life.
During retirement. they liked spending time at the senior citizens center, socializing and playing games.
John died on Oct. 19, 1992, after 62 years of marriage.
Hilda stayed living in their home until April 22, 2008, when she moved to the Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home in Corsica.
She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Thankful for having shared in Hilda’s life are one daughter: Donna Mae (Dale) Bormann, Corsica; one son-in-law: Gordon (Mary Lou) Kredit, Corsica; four grandchildren: Douglas (Sheryl) Kredit, Kingsburg, Calif.; Curtis (fiancée Linda) Kredit, Corsica; Kathy (Jack) Peterson, Tea; and Thomas (Tracy) Kredit, Deadwood; seven great-grandchildren: Matthew (Heather) Kredit, Susan (Thomas) Putzel, Joshua Kredit, Sheila Kredit, Jillian Peterson, Jayne (Todd) Leusink and Jodie Peterson; two step-great-grandchildren: Shannon and Shelby Krueger; and one great-great-grandson, Brett Putzel.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John; a daughter, Doris Kredit; a grandson, Mark Bormann; six brothers: Neil (Minnie), John (Bertha), James (Fredricka), Pete (Anna), Gerrit (Dena) and Herman (Charlene) Westra; two sisters: Anna (Hans) Boer and Mattie (Harold) Schulz; her in-laws, Frank and Trina Van Ekern and Katie (Jake) Schryvers; and two brothers-in-law: Henry (Margaret) and Richard (Fannie) Van Ekeren.
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