Eleanor Ruth Hildman, the daughter of Joseph and Clara (Dutton) Koppen was born Sept. 11, 1926, in Algona. She grew up in Cresco Township, moving to Livermore where she attended grade school. They moved to a farm near Lakota where she graduated from high school in 1944. Following school, Eleanor worked in Algona at Kent Manufacturing.
Eleanor was married to Aelred A. “Shorty” Hildman on June 29, 1948, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Livermore. The couple lived in Algona until 1950 when they moved to their farm near Burt. They eventually moved back to Algona in 2005. Eleanor loved being surrounded by her family. She enjoyed scrapbooking, playing cards, golfing and tending to her garden and growing flowers. Eleanor was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Algona.
Eleanor became a resident of the Algona Manor Care Center in October of 2016. She died Sunday, May 12, 2019, at the age of 92.
She is survived by two daughters, Patricia DeGeeter and her husband Joe of Bancroft and Kathleen Barnett and her husband Jim of Spencer. She is also survived by five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren: Sheila McGuire and her daughter Elizabeth of West Des Moines; Diane (John) McFarland of Elbert, Colo., and their children Caleb and Kenneth; Brenda (Daniel) Marquis and their daughter Eliana of Albuquerque, N.M.; Michael (Emma) Barnett and their children Laurel and Linden of Kearney, Neb.; and Jennifer (Derrick) Dykshoorn and their son Wyatt of Spencer; a sister-in-law; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband on Nov. 7, 2005.
A funeral Mass was held Friday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Cecelia Catholic Church. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 16, at Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona with a Rosary beginning at 4 p.m. and a Scripture Prayer Service beginning at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.