Hildegard Lindner of Lincoln, formerly of Merna, passed away March 31, 2014, at the Tabitha Care Home in Lincoln. She was the youngest of nine children born to Anton and Franziska (Otradovsky) Hejl in Bremen, Germany. She was born at home Jan. 23, 1928, and resided in Germany until June 1951, when she set sail for the United States.
During her childhood she experienced the ravages of World War II. She then worked for Johann and Adele Steilen on their farm outside of Bremen in her early teens from 1942-1945 where she rode her bicycle back and forth to work every weekend, unless there was bad weather.
She met her husband, John Lindner via mail. They were pen pals for three years before John sailed to Germany to marry her. They were married Jan.30, 1951. John had a 30 day visa so he had to return home before her paperwork was completed. She set sail June 24 and arrived in New York July 2. She spent a few days with her friend, Ingrid Carper, in Norfolk, Va., before taking the train to Lincoln. John picked her up in Lincoln and drove her to her new home outside of Broken Bow. They resided there until 1976, when they purchased a house in Merna.
Hilde, as she was known to all, was a member of the Busy Workers club from 1951-1971. She worked at Becton-Dickinson in Broken Bow from 1971 to 1983, and then took over the management of the Merna Cafe, where everyone enjoyed a home cooked meal and a friendly atmosphere.
After John passed away in 1986, she worked as a live in care giver for several years. After this work was completed she moved back to Merna where she enjoyed spending time with her two grandchildren, Chelsea and Johnathan of Broken Bow.
In 1997, she moved to Lincoln to live with her daughter Rose, her husband Vance and their newborn daughter Paige. In the fall of 2000, they moved to an acreage outside of Murdock and welcomed two more daughters to their family, Katelyn and Jordan. While living with them, Hilde enjoyed being back out in the country and working in the garden.
Her pride and joy was canning salsa. Everyone who left the house usually left with a jar or two of her salsa.
Due to health related issues, she moved to Tabitha Care Home in Lincoln in June of 2012, where she resided until her death. While at Tabitha she made many friends and was well liked by the staff. Hilde was blessed with her kind and caring nature and rarely knew a stranger as all were drawn to her sparkling eyes and friendly smile. She will be greatly missed by all.
She is remembered and loved by her two children, Henry (Cindy) Lindner of Broken Bow, and Rose (Vance) Vogler of Murdock; grandchildren, Chelsea (special friend Taylor Sanchez) and Johnathan Lindner, Paige, Katelyn and Jordan Vogler; sister-in-law, Joyce Lindner, and many nieces and nephews in the United States and Germany.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband John, three brothers and five sisters.
Funeral services were Friday, April 3, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Broken Bow with Father Jim Hunt officiating. Burial was in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of the arrangements. A Celebration of Life was also held at the Tabitha Care Home Chapel Tuesday, April 8 at 7p.m., where she was remembered by the many friends she had made in the Lincoln area.
Memorials are suggested to the Tabitha Care Home in Lincoln.
Published in Custer County Chief, April 17, 2014