Hilda Ziegler – 2003
The Burlington Records
Thursday, December 25, 2003
Final services for Hilda, age, 90, were held Saturday, Dec. 20
2003, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Burlington with Pastor Bill Viergutz
officiating. Her nephew, Father Greg Adolf of Tuscson, Ariz., read the obituary.
Pallbearers were all of Hilda’s eight grandchildren. Urn bearers were two of her
grandsons, Todd Hendricks and Brian Ziegler.
Special music by Arnold, Alvin, Roland, Art and Leland Strobel, Delmar Ziegler,
Loren Lambert, Milbert Beringer. Songs selected were “ Just a Closer Walk With
Thee” and “Precious Memories,” accompanied by LuAnn Nitsch. Congregational hymns
were led by organist, Kathy van Maarth. Ushers were Delmar Ziegler and Wayne
Hilda was the oldest of eight children born to A.W. and Mary Adolf on Sept. 26,
1913, at the farm home south of Bethune. She was baptized, confirmed and married
at Immanuel Lutheran Church in the German settlement where she was a member for
many years. She also attended German instruction school there for two summers.
She belonged to Ladies Aide in later years and taught Sunday school there.
Hilda was her father’s “son” since there were no boys born until after three
more girls. She did all of the fieldwork with a team of four special horses each
having a name and she trained them well. She farmed 80 acres two times over each
year. Her “PaPa” would start her in the field and then leave her for the day.
She was about 10 years old at the time. For her per, PaPa would take her into
Denver and let her pick out something special for herself. Recalling a black
satin dress with a large red rose at the waist and another time, a 12-piece
setting of china. Another special treat was attending Elitch Garden Amusement
Park in Denver. She told of the many happy childhood days with her sisters,
Madie, Leona, and Gladys. And then brother Art Della, Eva and Allan summed up
Hilda attended her first school years at an adobe school in
the settlement and then was sent to Bethune where she was a member of the first
graduating class in 1931. She was also a member of the first girls basketball
team, playing for our years.
On Sept. 30 1932, she married Otto Ziegler whose family lived
on a neighboring homestead to the west. She and Otto played in the Immanuel’s
16-member uniformed band. Hilda’s instrument was the saxophone. They play at
various functions around Bethune and Burlington. She enjoyed playing her organ
in later years.
Their first son, Ernest Lee was born in 1933, delivered by the
settlement’s midwife, Margaret Adolf.
Then the “dust bowl” days forced them to leave their home and
land and they moved to Washington state in 1934. In 1934 Otto was offered work
by a farmer in the Wapato Valley and also took a course in electrical wiring of
houses. Hilda worked hard as a homemaker and moth. She raised a large garden and
also worked picking various fruit crops in the valley.
Darlene was born in Yakima, Wash. On June 23, 1936. When
things began to improve back in Eastern Colorado, they returned to their farm
and began again in 1938. Work was very hard but paid off with a few decent crops
and Hilda and Otto built a new house on the farm. Donald J. was born in 1940.
Hilda was also a Busy Bee 4-H leader, teaching several girls to sew and cook.
She was also a “mother” to many of Darlene’s nursing school classmates, whom she
sewed for and kept supplied with a steady flow of baked goods to Colorado
Otto and Hilda retired from farming in 1965, turning it over
to Don and his wife Rita. They moved to Loveland, where Darlene was living.
Hilda worked in the dietary department of Loveland Memorial Hospital for 6
years, moved back to Burlington in 1971 and worked at Kit Carson County Memorial
Hospital for 12 years before retiring in 1983.
She and Otto were members of the Wagon Wheelers square dance
club of which two of her two nieces, Donna Kay and Esther also belonged. Hilda
was a volunteer at the Colorado Welcome Center at Burlington. A member of the
Retired Seniors Volunteer Program at McArthur Senior Center. She spent many
hours there, doing hand quilting, visiting with her many lady friends and
enjoying potluck lunches with them several times a week.
When Hilda’s health began to decline, she and Darlene sold
their home and moved to Heath Gardens in Aurora in 2001 where she could continue
care with specialists. She fought a hard battle being diagnosed with
Myelodysplasia which is a very aggressive form of Leukemia. On Nov. 12 she
suffered a fall in her home shattering her left shoulder/arm and cracked pelvis.
This added to her already grave situation. She spent five days in the hospital
and two weeks in a nursing home after the fall. Then she went home to be cared
for by Darlene and Tryn with the help of Metro of Denver Hospice. She died in
the early morning of Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003.
Hilda is survived by her daughter Darlene of Aurora at Heather
Gardens, son Donald and wife Rita of Colorado Springs. Hilda was preceded in
death by her husband and her oldest son Ernest Lee, her parents, one brother,
Art Adolf of Phoenix and one sister, Gladys Patterson of Littleton. Surviving
brothers and sisters are Amanda Richards of Burlington, Leona Hefner or
Kalamazoo, Mich., Della Pugh of Aurora, Eva Wood of Yuma, and Allan of Bethune.
Hilda has eight grandchildren, Tryn Hendricks of Littleton,
Todd Hendricks of Littleton, Jeff Ziegler of Gilbert Ariz.., Brian Ziegler of
Aurora, Darin Ziegler of Colorado Springs, Lilli Curtis and Cathy Edwards both
of Las Vegas, Nev., and Marlene Kelly of Elma, Kan. Nine great-grandchildren,
four great-granddaughters – many nieces, nephews, cousins by the dozens
scattered over many states. She will be greatly missed by all her family and
friends including “newly” made friends from Building 231 at Heather Gardens,
Aurora. Memorial gifts may be sent to Community First National Bank in
Burlington and branches in Englewood and Aurora.