HOLLOW – Hildur T. Stanton, 91, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020
from complications of the Covid-19 virus. Hildur was born in
Cambridge, NY to the late Arthur Sr. and Mary (Halliday) Scheel of
Norwegian and Irish decent respectively. She was raised in
Battenville, NY on the family farm until her mother's heart
condition and the great depression forced the rest of her family to
move to Albany, NY for work opportunities. At the very young age of
11 she was left behind with her brother of nine years. She
maintained the farm, animals and attended school with no utilities
and very limited resources until a family member would return on
weekends. This experience and hardship over the next year or so
until the farm was sold, and she was able to join her family, had an
extreme impact on her life. It became the foundation of her ambition
and strength to persevere and become an entrepreneur before it was
fashionable for women. During High School she worked at the
Wellington Hotel then Montgomery Ward until graduation. She
attended the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing where through an
acquaintance met her future husband Royal. They were married in
October of 1950 and went back to live on his family's dairy farm in
Coeymans Hollow. They went on to have five children.
In the early 1960's Hildur started working at Lou's Restaurant and
the La Casa's Restaurant in Selkirk. Always trying to better herself
and family, she took several Civil Service exams which led to a job
at the Thruway Authority and then on April 1, 1967 an offer for a
Postal Clerk Position. She was a clerk for the Albany District Post
Office and moved up to become a supervisor for the last half of her
25 year career retiring in 1990. Hildur's home and family was her
priority. Her home was, know as the "Holiday House" where everyone
gathered for the many celebrations. She enjoyed working in her
garden and numerous flower beds. In the Winter she would take a
two-week vacation to Florida. She loved the ocean and visiting Maine
and New Jersey with her daughter, Linda.
She was very proud of her accomplishments in life which enabled her
not to be a burden on her family or society.
Survivors include her children, Linda (Tim) Keir, Frank (Marlene),
Neil, James (Gloria) and Mark (Kathleen) Stanton; 11 grandchildren;
10 great-grandchildren, 2 great, great, grandchildren; a niece and 2
nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Royal Stanton and
siblings, Anna Foss, Ellen Sehl, Mary Samuels, and Henry and Arthur
Hildur's family would like to thank all of the nurses, aides and
staff at Our Lady of Mercy for all of their kindness and
compassionate care during her stay at the facility.
All services were held privately at the convenience of the family.
The family would like you to consider a donation in memory of
Hildur to the
Trinity United Methodist Church, PO Box 8, Coeymans Hollow, NY 12046.