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Katherine E. Hildebrand

Katherine went to be with the Lord Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

She was born February 13, 1931 in Burlington, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Rose (Russell) Tray. Katherine had been a hostess and model before attending nursing school. She had worked at William Crispe Hospital in Plainwell and Allegan General Hospital in the dietary department for more than 20 years.

Katherine was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching baseball and her 8 children play sports. She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Otsego.

On December 27, 1948 in Burlington, she married Richard Hildebrand who passed away in 2000.

Surviving are her children, Bill (Mary) Hildebrand of Shelbyville, Tom (Vonnie) Hildebrand of Martin, Debi (David) Seales of Ft. Wayne, Diana (Greg) Schneider of Washington, Terry (Laurie) Hildebrand of Martin, Tim (Carol) Hildebrand of Martin, Ted (Karen) Hildebrand of Shelbyville and Tracey (Heidi) Hildebrand of Martin; 23 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren and sister-in-law, Naomi Rintoul.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; granddaughter, Nicole Hildebrand; brother, Paul and sister, Rosemary.

Friends may visit with Katherine’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego and starting at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, March 28, 2018 until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., at Peace Lutheran Church of Otsego with Pastor Nathaniel Timmermann and Pastor Rick Scheibe officiating.

Private family burial will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Katherine may be made to

Peace Lutheran Church of Otsego


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Dick & Sylvia Davis

March 24, 2018 at 1:57 pm

Our deepest sympathy to all of the Hildebrand Family Our prayers go out to you.


Christie and Curt Fontaine

March 24, 2018 at 2:11 pm

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. She was such a beautiful person inside and out.


Mike & C.Lee Pavlak & family

March 24, 2018 at 4:44 pm

So sorry for your loss…love & hugs & prayers


Marcia "Fenner" Fowler

March 24, 2018 at 7:58 pm

Tim I remember seeing your mom at all your games. Such a beautiful lady. My prayers go out to the whole family.


Norm & Sally Gant

March 24, 2018 at 8:31 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Hildebrand family.


Randy Honeysett

March 25, 2018 at 1:41 am

Carol, Josh and Rich, you are in my prayers. May you find peace.


Bradley & Janet Curry

March 25, 2018 at 10:35 am

Our deepest sympathy for your family in this time for mourning. Your mom and grandmother was such a wonderful person. Thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family.


Joe Barb Orr

March 25, 2018 at 11:39 am

Prayers to all the Hildebrand family

Katie was a gem

Barb and Joe


Barney and Carol

March 25, 2018 at 7:16 pm

Our many caring thoughts and prayers are with you. We will always remember Katie as a beautiful and kind lady. May the love of your friends and family bring you everlasting comfort.


Larry and Denise Truax

March 25, 2018 at 7:17 pm

So sorry for your loss. Thinking of the whole family. Remembering her when she was in town always looking beautiful.


Dan and Tammy DeLor

March 25, 2018 at 7:29 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hildebrand family.


Michael & Kim Schaafsma

March 25, 2018 at 7:58 pm

Deepest sympathy to the Hildebrand Family.

Words come to mind of Kate …

Kind, soft spoken and elegant

Rest In Peace dear lady.

Hugging in prayers …


Michael and Kim Schaafsma

March 25, 2018 at 8:12 pm

Deepest sympathies to the Hildebrand Family.

Words come to mind of Kate …

Kind, soft spoken and elegant.

Rest In Peace dear lady.

Hugging in prayers … Hildebrand Family


Patty & Butch Milkovich

March 25, 2018 at 8:42 pm

To the best Aunt a kid could ever hope for! Heaven is a little better now! ‘Till we meet again.


Wilb & Karen Ringnalda

March 26, 2018 at 1:09 pm

We are thinking and praying for you as you are facing the days ahead without your mom.

We are here in Fl. and saw pictures of our neice Vonnie & nephew Tom enjoying their time here in Fl. with some of their family. This will be a time you will think of in years to come. Now you are the older generation. We are sure your mom was proud of you all’

God Bless your days ahead in peace and comfort.


Bob & Jeanie Nicolai

March 26, 2018 at 6:17 pm

A Wonderful Mom to a Great Family. Prayers to all of you. Wish we were home ….


Williams Family

March 26, 2018 at 8:18 pm

The loss of a cherished loved one is the most devastating experiences a family can face. At times, the loss may seem unbearable. Please know that there are family and friends who care and more importantly Psalm 34:18 tells us that “God is near to those that are broken at heart. He is the God of all comfort. God will comfort you during this difficult time of grief. Our prayers are also with you and your family.


Karen Counterman Everett

March 26, 2018 at 8:18 pm

It has been a few years since I last saw and visited with Mrs. Hildebrand but I have fond memories of our time together. She was beautiful on the inside and out. Always kind and sweet. Our world is a little less bright but may our memories of her last for a lifetime.


john and nancy cole

March 26, 2018 at 8:23 pm

Our hearts go out to all of you. Katie will be truly missed at Emerald Woods she was a wonderful lady.You are all in our prayers. God bless you all!!


Jim and Joyce Boss

March 26, 2018 at 10:43 pm

We remember many years in the athletic boosters club with Rich and Katie with kids in all sports at Martin. She was a!ways such a lady. Remember the good memorirs for always and hugs to all the families.


Janet Seales

March 27, 2018 at 10:47 am

My heart goes out to you Debi and family, you all are in my loving thoughts and prayers.


Kathy Anderson

March 27, 2018 at 12:09 pm

Deepest sympathy to The Hildebrand Family.

Katie was a gem, I remember her always attending the dance recitals and going out to eat after with the Keyzer clan.

She was a beautiful lady with sparkling eyes.


Ron and Joyce Merrill

March 27, 2018 at 8:10 pm

We have many fond memories of the Hildebrand family. Appreciated the friendship and interaction during many sports seasons. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Ron and Joyce Merrill


Marilyn & Gary Martin

March 28, 2018 at 1:21 pm

Our prayers are with you for strength and healing to all the Hildebrands. We have many wonderful memories of your mom and dad. We’ll always remember her as always wearing her high heels. She was a kind, soft spoken and beautiful lady.


Cheryl Koopman

April 3, 2018 at 9:07 am

So sorry to hear that the world has lost such a sweet, classy, and beautiful lady. I have many great memories and stories from the Carriage Stop and spending time with Katie, Diana, and Debi there. Deepest sympathies for the Hildebrand family.


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