Albany – Hildegard Irmgard Holman, 92, of Albany (more recently Clifton Park) passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2011, at St. Mary’s Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family. Hilda never shed a tear the whole time and was an inspiration to all that came in contact with her, not only of her survival stories of the war overseas, but of her strong faith in God, which left those who came to console her walking away more inspired than when they came.
Hildegard (known as Hilda to some and Irmgard to others) was born in Germany on October 28, 1919 and immigrated to the United States from Germany with her daughter Christy in 1956.
Hilda was predeceased by her husband, William Arthur Holman, a US Army Captain, whom she met while she was working as an interpreter for the American Red Cross in Berlin. Together they lived, owned and operated the poultry farm in Ravena for many years.
Her parents owned their own meat markets in Germany. She was a butcher by trade and worked in Mayone’s (eventually Star Market) in Ravena before to go work and retiring from Winthrop-Sterling Laboratories in Rensselaer, NY in 1984.
She is survived by her daughter, Christy (Gary) Jordan, grandchildren Aaron (Isa) Rundell, Cory Ann Rundell (boyfriend Craig Miller) and Amberly Rundell. Hilda is also survived by her 98 year old sister, Margaret Hanson, of Berlin, Germany and a niece, Helke Herzig of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Her family was her pride and joy and reason for living. She would always put her family first in all that she did. She had a heart of gold, putting a smile on anyone’s face, even those she just met.
Having polio since the age of six never inhibited her from remaining active. Hilda loved the outdoors, gardening, feeding the birds and working in the yard. For many years, Hilda attended First Assembly of God, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and most recently, a communicant of St. Matthew’s Church in Albany, thankful that she was independent and could drive herself until recently.
Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Whitehall Road, or the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. Her surviving pets will live out their lives with family giving her peace knowing they will be well provided for.