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Hilda Schlutz Obituary
Hilda Luisa Schlutz was born in Havana, Cuba in 1937; she resided in Guanabacoa, Cuba during the earlier years of her childhood. At a young age, Hilda was a gifted academic and went on to win national recognition for her scholastic achievements. At 15 years age, Hilda earned her first job selling perfumes and colognes to famous actors and actresses at one of the most well-known department stores in the world located in Havana. Hilda's favorite client was also her favorite actor, the Academy Award winner, William Holden. During the years of the Cuban Revolution, Hilda moved to the United States with her family while she was still in her early 20's. Leaving Cuba was not part of Hilda's plan, but she was determined to overcome her adverse circumstances, follow her dreams, and see the world. While living in the United States, Hilda accepted a job with Pan-American Airlines as a stewardess. While stationed in Miami, she met her future husband Gregory Schlutz. Traveling and experiencing different cultures and ways of life was a passion for Hilda. Hilda traveled all over the world with her family and her husband Gregory. Some of her favorite trips were those made to the ends of world including, Tibet, Thailand, and Egypt. Only recently she had hiked over a hundred miles in the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Most recently, Hilda had planned to visit isolated coffee farmers deep in South America's jungle in order to provide organic coffee to the Colorado region and in order to support developing rural farmers in Latin America at the same time. Hilda was a serial entrepreneur all of her life. In the late 70s she started one of the largest English Equestrian farms in Colorado. East Slope Farms still exists today. Many did not believe that this operation would be successful. The farm was so successful that Hilda brought in some of the top European trainers. The farm name was a recognized competitor on the East Coast while the farm itself entertained such prominent guests as the Mayor of London, the Dali lama, and Dan Fogelberg. In the mid 1980's, Hilda went on to open Greens Point Club and Catering. She started this venture with the help of her mother-in-law, and a few Betty Crocker cookbooks. Like East Slope Farms, many doubted that she would have any success, and like before her critics were wrong. Greens Point Catering went on to become one of the most successful catering companies in the state, and continues to be an award winning operation and a standard of excellence that is operated today by her daughter Bridget Nannen. Hilda started more and more small business and her passion for life increased with every passing day. She became a realtor in the early 1990s working for Four Seasons Realty and then ReMax Traditions. She was consistently recognized as a top sales performer with the help of her sons Ivan and Greg, her daughter Michelle and daughter-in-law Dena, all realtors today. She earned a record amount of commissions, sealing her seat in the ReMax's Hall of Fame. In early 2000's, Hilda expanded her real-estate operations into the international markets of Costa Rica and Nicaragua and earned her Certified International Property Specialist designation. In 2013 Hilda started her own vineyard to produce Colorado wine. Education, and specifically history, remained a passion for Hilda. In the last two years of Hilda's life she was still taking classes in archeology and in international human rights. She was a guest lecturer at CU Boulder, as well as an inspirational speaker for organizations like Chi Psi fraternity. Hilda was a donor to the Counsel of the Arts and planned to open her own gallery and studio showcasing her son Ivan's bronze sculptures and other art that Hilda collected from around the world. She was most passionate about helping underprivileged and abused children. Hilda believed that our purpose in life is to give back to the world and to help other people. The greatest impact she will have is by the works of those who were inspired by her. She was survived her husband, her four children, their spouses, and her eight grandchildren: Logan, Victoria, Michael, Jetta, Maxx, Jaxxon, John-Luke, and Aria. The Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday at: Faith Lutheran Church 9775 Ute. Hwy, Longmont Donations can be made to the Hilda Schlutz Memorial Fund, at 6650 Nelson Rd., Road Longmont, CO 80503, in the place of flowers. The proceeds will be used for a specific children's foundation which will be named at a later time. Condolences and Memories can be shared at www.howemortuary.com

Published in Longmont Times-Call on June 1, 2014
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