HILDA RUTH KLIPFEL

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HILDA RUTH KLIPFEL Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home Hilda Ruth Klipfel, age 90, died peacefully after a series of strokes on September 17, 2016. Hilda was born on August 8, 1926 to Wilhelm and Christina (Hoffmann) Albrecht on the family farm in Long Lake, South Dakota. She was one of nine children. Her childhood years included being a part of a family in a rural community made up primarily of German immigrants who had come to the Dakota plains by way of Russia. The old German traditions, customs, foods, and of course the German language were at the heart of this community she had been born into. As she became an adult, her Lutheran confirmation instruction was also completed in the German Language. Hilda married Howard Klipfel on October 1, 1946. They began their life together as they took over the family farm Howard had grown up on. Five children were born to their marriage. Two of these children died as very young children. After almost 20 years of working their farm Hilda and Howard decided it was time to leave all the farm work to someone else. They came to Kennewick to begin a new life together. In addition to being a big part of establishing their new life and supporting her husband as he established a successful service business - Hilda was able to continue her own interests as she was very, very talented and creative. One of her many "natural" talents was her ability to sew. Her children and grandchildren preferred wearing the clothes she made for them over "store bought" clothes. She would easily use a picture from a catalog in order to create a dress, shirt, or slacks that would always fit perfectly. She was offered a job at the Bon Marche (now Macy's) to work in their alterations department by a neighbor who just happened to be one of the store's managers. She gladly accepted the chance to get paid for something she loved to do. Even after several years of this work she always looked forward to going to work. She retired from this position as a highly respected quality seamstress and tailor. Cooking and baking was another of her many talents especially the foods of her German-Russian heritage. Although she did not consider the meals she prepared as being anything special they were always something to be remembered. Most of her recipes were memorized, and not easily shared with just anyone. It took several of her granddaughters standing next to her, taking notes, as she prepared a few of the favorites to have her share her secrets. Hilda is survived by her children: Linda Johnson (Edward); Tim Klipfel (Paula), and Amy Alvarado (Vince). Also surviving her are seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; two sisters and one brother. Preceding her in death were her husband, Howard, (after 56 years of marriage), and two children Henry and Milo (both died as very young children). In addition, four brothers, and one sister have preceded her in death. A graveside service is planned for Friday Sept. 23rd at 1:30pm at Riverview Heights Cemetery (10th & Olympia St) with a memorial service following at Kennewick First Lutheran Church, 418 N Yelm St., beginning at 2:30pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice. The family invites you to sign their online tribute wall at www.muellersfuneral homes.com.
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Published in Tri-City Herald on Sept. 21, 2016