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SALDI KRIEMHILDE KUNIGUNDE SALDI Lovingly called Hilde by friends and family, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 18, 2013. Hilde was born to Georg and Jenny Zeitler in Bayreuth, Germany, a beautiful mountain-town nestled in scenic Bavaria. Being raised in 1930's Europe with four brothers gave her a famously strong personality. It was in this same European location she met the love of her life, Horace "Ray" Saldi, who was stationed nearby with post-war American security forces. Their marriage soon followed. Horace's military career as an officer meant a life of adventure for the family who would experience the varied cultures of Germany and France before settling in the U.S. These early years would broaden the world views of both her daughters and their future families. In all of her pursuits Hilde's strength, passion and talents were apparent. These attributes combined with her expertise in everything from cooking to painting, knitting and dressmaking to gardening, provided stability in a lifestyle where the family's surroundings changed every few years. Hilde and Horace retired in Silver Spring, Maryland where they enjoyed many wonderful years together hosting family and friends from all over the world. The best time to visit was during Christmas when guests would be treated to an unbelievable feast of rouladen, red cabbage, potato dumplings and duck. Mrs. Saldi is survived by her husband, Horace "Ray"; her daughters, Jenny Saldi and husband, Sandy Teal and Claudia Saldi and husband, Larry Dobbs; adored "Omi" to Alexander Perrien and Andrew Dobbs; Jenny's step-daughters, Autumn Teal and Jennifer (Kevin) Hill, their daughter, Addison and a host of other loving relatives and friends on both sides of the Atlantic. The family would like to give special thanks to Arden Courts of Silver Spring for their loving care of Hilde and their support during this difficult time. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery is to be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to .Memorial contributions may be made to .

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 1, 2013
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