Hilda Jewel Engel|
August 1, 1923 - July 5, 2014
Hilda Jewel Engel, aged 90, died peacefully on July 5, 2014 in her home in Castro Valley, CA after a brief illness surrounded by her children. Hilda was born on August 1, 1923 in El Dorado, IL, the daughter of Harry Lennis Courson and Margaret Jane Deimel and was the 2nd of seven children.
Hilda was raised in both rural Erie and Monroe, MI during her childhood and attended St. John's Parochial School. In 1942 she graduated from Monroe High School. She married her the love of her life, Daniel Edward Engel Sr., Seaman First Class, January 13, 1943 at Saint Michael Catholic Church, during the height of WWII. Soon her new groom was stationed at Treasure Island, CA and the couple relocated and settled in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Hilda was blessed with nine children, Daniel Edward Engel Jr., Linda Eloise Smith, Joan Susan Cowan, Ann Elizabeth Horn, Diana Margaret Engel, Anthony James Engel, Catherine Marie Engel, Mary Christine Bader, and Christopher Peter Engel, of whom she frequently referred to as her "bouquet" of life. Hilda is preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Edward Engel Sr., and a son and daughter, Daniel Edward Engel Jr. and Catherine Marie Engel. Hilda also has 23 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
Raising a large family, Hilda was involved with community groups such as Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Little League, Head Start, St. Alphonsus Liguori School, and was an extremely active member of her local church, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Castro Valley, CA. Hilda loved traveling around the world with her husband and children.
Hilda had a great gift of hospitality, and although she had a large family, opened her home to numerous people throughout the years who were down and out. She also hosted six foreign exchange students from various counties.
Hilda was a light-hearted person with a joyous spirit and was always laughing and singing silly songs. In her youth, she played steel guitar. In her later years, Hilda was a member of the Golden Follies Senior Dance Group and was also a member of a rowing team on Lake Merritt. Hilda also had a serious side, as she came from a family of inventors, had an extremely sharp mind and a head for figures. She was an excellent budgeter and loved a good deal!
Hilda was a warm and loving mother to all who knew her. Always having a tender heart for the underdog, she instilled a sense self-worth and confidence in doing the right thing to all who encountered her. She promoted forgiveness, healing of relationships, humility, and generosity, and was known to always say: Blessed are the Peacemakers. The world was a brighter place for her presence, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Her parting words to all who left her were: Legion of angels around you, love tap, and kissing your sugar bowl.
A visitation will be held at San Leandro Funeral Home, 407 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro, Ca. from 6-9pm and Vigil at 7pm on Wed. July 9, 2014. Funeral Mass will commence at 11am on Thurs., July 10, 2014 at Our Lady of Grace, Castro Valley, Ca. Internment at 10am on Friday, July 11, 2014 at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Santa Nella, Ca.
Published in Inside Bay Area on July 9, 2014