A funeral Mass for Eleanor Hildman, 92, of Algona will be held Friday, May 17, 2019, at 10:30 AM, at St. Cecelia Catholic Church. A visitation will be from 4 to 7 PM Thursday at Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona with a Rosary beginning at 4 PM and a Scripture Prayer Service beginning at 6:30 PM.
Eleanor Ruth, the daughter of Joseph and Clara (Dutton) Koppen was born September 11, 1926, in Algona. She grew up in Cresco Township moving to Livermore where she attended grade school. They moved to a farm near Lakota where she graduated from high school in 1944. Following school, Eleanor worked in Algona at Kent Manufacturing.
Eleanor was married to Aelred A. "Shorty" Hildman on June 29, 1948, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Livermore. The couple lived in Algona until 1950 when they moved to their farm near Burt. They eventually moved back to Algona in 2005. Eleanor loved being surrounded by her family. She enjoyed scrapbooking, playing cards, golfing, and tending to her gardening and growing flowers. Eleanor was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona.
Eleanor became a resident of the Algona Manor Care Center in October of 2016. She died Sunday, May 12, 2019, at the age of 92.
She is survived by two daughters, Patricia DeGeeter and her husband Joe of Bancroft and Kathleen Barnett and her husband Jim of Spencer; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, Sheila McGuire and her daughter Elizabeth of West Des Moines, Diane (John) McFarland of Elbert, CO and their children Caleb and Kenneth, Brenda (Daniel) Marquis and their daughter Eliana of Albuquerque, NM, Michael (Emma) Barnett and their children Laurel and Linden of Kearney, NE, and Jennifer (Derrick) Dykshoorn and their son Wyatt of Spencer; a sister-in-law; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband on November 7, 2005.
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Sorry to hear of Eleanor's passing. I will have a Mass said for her here in Harrison, Arkansas My love to the family
Having been next-door neighbors for over 50 yrs we spent many fun times with them. Card club, farm meetings and classes and Duane and Shorty farming side by side. Eleanor was always ready to go anywhere I suggested and we spent a lot of time running between farms and moving machinery around. She loved to visit so we had many long and deep conversations over the years. We truly enjoyed them as neighbors for all those years and missed them when they moved to town. Our sympathy to Pat, Kathy and families.
Have missed seeing Eleanor since I moved. I recall taking her to Lenten fish suppers in West Bend and weekly euchre group. She would sit in my car for an hour and visit afterwards. Sympathy to her family. Eleanor is at peace.
My brother and sisters always enjoyed visiting our Uncle Shorty and Aunt Eleanor on the farm. We had fun and laughed at the stories Shorty and Eleanor would share. As kids, the best thing about going to their house was Shorty would always get out the ice cream. Their freezer always had Schwan's ice cream in it and Shorty would give you as much as you wanted. We will surely miss Shorty and Eleanor but we will always remember the good times and fun we had with them.
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