Gilda Joan "Gidget" Silkowski Hihar passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, August 2, 2019. She was born at Charity Hospital in New Orleans on May 31, 1949, to Edna Marie Billiot Silkowski and was the fifth of nine children. Gidget was 10 years old when she lost her mother. She spent the rest of her youth as a resident of St. Elizabeth's Orphanage in New Orleans and in the loving foster home of Mrs. St. Amant.
She attended high school at Annunciation High School and L.E. Rabouin in New Orleans, and was a graduate of the State Industrial School for Girls in Ball, Louisiana, where she was honored with the Betty Crocker Award before starting college at Southeastern University.
She worked as an administrative assistant for several companies throughout the years, including Sara Mayo Hospital, Medi-Center, Tel-Answer, Allen & Associates, Ltd., and St. Charles Parish Hospital. She was also a card carrying tribal member of the United Houma Nation. Her favorite past time was seeing her family together and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She also loved cooking and watching Judge Judy and Cops.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Edna, two brothers, David and Nathan Silkowski, and a sister, Donna Silkowski Kellogg. Left to treasure and carry on the memories that she so lovingly created are her children: Denise Hihar Childs (Charles), Ralph John Hihar, IV, Angela Hromanik (Michael), Gary Allen and fiance Cierra Beauvais, and Lacey Allen. Also left to mourn her loss are her grandchildren, Nicholas Childs (Kaleigh), Eric Frois (Kimberly), Ashley Pizzolato, Rebecca Childs, Katie Allen, Londyn Smith, George Hromanik, Natalya Hromanik, Kali Allen, and Gideon Allen; and great-grandchildren, Aubree Frois, Kennedy Childs, and Connor Frois.
She is also survived by five siblings: Margaret Silkowski Ern of Daytona Beach, FL; Deanne Silkowski Blanchard of Vero Beach, FL; Glenn Silkowski (Patricia) of Mesquite, TX; Jay Silkowski of El Paso, TX; Casey Silkowski (Mary) of Marrero, LA; and a large host of nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Endless thanks to Guardian Hospice for their loving care.
In lieu of customary remembrances, and by request of our mother, please consider sending memorial contributions to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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Arrangements by Honaker Funeral Home, Inc., Slidell, LA.Read More