Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 28, 2013

Hilda Jedena


LEELANAU COUNTY — Hilda Jedena, 96, of Leelanau County passed away Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at her home near Glen Arbor.

Hilda was born in Romania on March 10, 1916, the youngest of the large Gaschler family. Through the tribulation of World War II, Hilda's family became divided as she found herself residing in a displaced persons camp in Austria.

She entered into marriage with the late Ladislaus Jedena on Feb. 25,1925.

Hilda was a tough, strong willed, and resilient woman, who made it through the challenges and difficulties of the war to raise her family.

In her self-sufficient nature, Hilda found true enjoyment working the soil and created a passion for her garden. Hilda grew everything from vegetables to berries and enjoyed the fruits of her labor, canning many of the items or adding them to her unbelievable baked goods. She was a remarkable and talented seamstress and was strong in her faith.

Hilda's memory will be cherished by her daughter, Lydia (Peter) Monahan, and her son, Walter Jedena; many grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as other loving family members and friends.

A funeral Mass will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Empire, with Rev. Zeljko Guberovic officiating.

Memorial contributions may be directed to any Catholic charity.

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The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.