Hildegard Farley

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Hildegard A. Farley was born on January 25, 1926 in Hoppenrade, Germany.  She served in the German Air Force during World War II and escaped internment from a Russian prison camp.  After the war, she married an American serviceman, had twins, and immigrated to the United States in 1950.  She later moved to Lansing, where she found and married Fred, the true love of her life, with whom she would live out her days and whom she missed terribly these last few years.  Together, they raised three children, Deloris (Frank) Cross, Evelin (Richard) Ledebuhr, and Daniel (Kimberly) Farley.  She was blessed to know four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Hildegard was a survivor who never quit, right to the end.  She was pragmatic, held high standards for herself and those around her, cared about appearances, and was not afraid to tell you exactly what she thought.  She did things her way.

Hildegard also loved to fish and grew an impossibly abundant garden from which she prepared and preserved food for herself, Fred, and seemingly most of the rest of the extended family.  She made exotic-looking fruit wines and liqueurs, and insisted on being the holiday host where she threw epic feasts that she spent days preparing.  Hildegard enjoyed doting on Fred and never missed a birthday.  She will also be remembered as an avid recycler long before it was popular; she wasted nothing.  Then there was the kaffekuchen, we can't forget the kuchen, which she always had on hand until arthritis took her ability to knead it.  She and Fred travelled until they were no longer able, and then they dreamed of travelling.  They were active in the German-American Club of Jackson until its demise. 

Ravaged and worn by the sands of time, but clear of mind until the end, Hildegard passed away quietly with dignity at sunrise on Sunday, August 10, 2014. 

Part of living is dying; that doesn't mean we have to like it.  Godspeed Oma, we'll miss you.

A funeral service officiated by Rev. David Shin will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel, 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912.  The family will receive friends for visitation one hour prior to the service at the Lansing Chapel.  Interment will follow the service in Gunnisonville Cemetery, DeWitt, Michigan.  Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the City Rescue Mission of Lansing, 607 E Michigan Ave, Lansing Charter Township, MI 48912.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel.  Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.grlansing.com.

Published in Lansing State Journal on Aug. 13, 2014
Hildegard A. Farley
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