Ever firm in her faith, Hildegarde Schlosser passed away peacefully encompassed by her husband and family members on January 29, 2011 at the University Hospital of Northern B.C. in Prince George.
Hilde was born to Theresia and Karl Jackle on October 25, 1923 on the family homestead in Ingebrigt, Saskatchewan. She was the third of nine children. Growing up during the Depression and helping on the farm molded her strong work ethic, determined spirit, and self-sufficiency. During this time, Hilde met Frank, who lived on the farm next door, and they were married on September 4, 1949. After their marriage, they moved to the Okanagan and settled in Vernon, B.C., where they lived for 60 years. In September of 2009 Hilde and Frank moved to the Prince George Chateau to be closer to their family.
Hilde loved the warmth and beauty of the Okanagan. Gardening, canning, baking, and being with family and friends were her passions. Besides being a dedicated homemaker, Hilde also worked as a fruit packer at the Vernon Fruit Union and at the Winfield Packing House. She also was employed as a cook’s helper at the Vernon Army Camp.
She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Vernon for over 60 years. For many years she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and was a member of the LWML. She valued her church family and relied on her strong faith throughout her life. Her friends in Vernon and her new friends in Prince George were very dear to her heart. Hilde always had a quick witty comment on the tip of her tongue and a big smile on her face.
Hilde is lovingly remembered by her children Enid, Tim, Donna, and Milton. She was a caring mother-in-law to David, Wendy, Cornelius, and Paul. Grandma Hilde is cherished by her grandchildren Aaron Bond (Jenifer), Michael Schlosser, Andrew Bond (Erin), Andrea Brown (Ben), Lynette Schlosser, Kyle Harland, Adrian Ginter (Meghan), Fraser Harland, Eric Ginter, Elizabeth Ginter and great granddaughter Natalie Bond.
Hilde is also survived by her sisters Olga Landry and Myrtle Hope (Ian), sisters-in-law Lorraine Jackle and Eileen Jackle, brothers-in-law Jim Piggin and Don Schoening, special cousin Clara Fochler, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank-you to staff, friends, and pastors at the Prince George Chateau, the healthcare professionals who cared for her, Pastor Elmer Mushumanski and the Zion Lutheran Church family, and other friends and family for their support and compassion.
Those wishing to remember Hildegarde may do so with a gift to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Diabetes Foundation, the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation, or a charity of your choice.
A celebration of Hildegarde’s life will take place at Zion Lutheran Church, 180 Tabor Blvd., Prince George, on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 11 am. A luncheon will follow the interment. Prince George Funeral Service Ltd. (1 866 604 3880) is in charge of arrangements.