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Hilda Pate (Kurklis)


Hilda J. Kurklis

1943 - 2020


Hilda J. Kurklis 1943 - 2020 Hilda J. Kurklis, age 77, passed away at home with her family on Wednesday, May 29, 2020 after a battle with Alzheimer's. She was born on January 21, 1943 in Bexar, Alabama. A resident of Kenosha, she was a 1961 graduate of Kenosha High School. Hilda worked with children with special needs for Kenosha Unified School district for over 25 years as an Educational Assistant. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Hilda met the love of her life, Don at the Chocolate Shop in downtown Kenosha. They married on May 12, 1962, recently celebrating 58 years of marriage. During that time, a beloved group of friends, fondly called "The Animals" came to be. Hilda so enjoyed their annual picnics and the honor of having kept the same friends for so many years. She has left behind many to cherish her memory. Her husband Donald Kurklis, daughters Kimberly Kurklis (Jim Sieger), Kaarin Malsch (Chuck), Kristi Kurklis-Ohnstad (Tod), Karla Kurklis, and special daughter Josephine Michelson. Grandchildren Tre Mantuano (Ashley), Gianni Mantuano, Daniel Malsch, and Samuel Kurklis. Great grandchildren Anya Malsch, Eliana and Leo Mantuano. Siblings Shirley (Dillard) Free, Billy (Char) Pate, Eliane Duhame, Bobby Pate, Chuck (Barb) Pate, and Roberta (Paul) Baumeister. Brother in laws Mike Kurklis, Frank Schultz, and sister in law Sue Miethke. She is also survived by many dear friends. Hilda was preceded in death by a son Kevin, her parents Bessie Frost and Marlin Pate, siblings Donald Pate, Dorothy Ashmore, and Jerry Pate. Brother in laws James and Bill Kurklis, and sister in law Lillian Schultz. The family would like to thank Kilea, Pat and others from Hospice Alliance and friend Sue McIntyre for their loving care of Hilda. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date, donations to Hospice Alliance 10220 Prairie Ridge Blvd, Pleasant Prairie, 53158 would be appreciated. Casey Family Options Funerals and Cremations Stephen P. Casey,

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06/06/20 02:32 PM #3    

Karen Ostlund

Sending my sincere condonences to Hilda's family and friends. I fondly remember her wonderful friendship and spirit when we were in high school together!


06/06/20 03:17 PM #4    

Bernard Covelli

Sorry to read of Hilda's passing. I remember her as soft spoken and sweet. Didn't say much, but was friendly. Sad passing with Alzheimer's disease. RIP Hilda.

06/07/20 11:13 AM #5    

Cherie Krohn (Ketchum)

I will miss seeing Hilda's smile!  We hung in the same crowd in high school, usually dating guys who were friends.  Exchanged prom dresses so we would have a new look  on our shoestring budgets.  Our friendship has extended beyond our school years even tho I married 'outside' our group!  We would get together every August for a reunion and sharing news and memories.  I haven't seen her in 4 yrs, but she's in my heart.  My deepest sympathies to Don and their children.  She'll remember all of us when we see her again.

06/08/20 11:54 AM #6    

Milton Hagopian

So sorry to here of Hilda's passing. She was always so pleasant to talk to. RIP Hilda.

06/08/20 01:07 PM #7    

Jerry Hubbard

So sorry to hear of Hilda's passing-she was good friends with my sister-in-law Camille Glidden, (Stancato) who has also passed. They were all part of the "animals!"

Rest in peace Hilda.

06/08/20 04:12 PM #8    

Rita Martino (Ginocchio)

Sending my condolences to Don and Hilda's children on the passing of their Wife and Mother.
I knew Hilda was dealing with Alzheimers disease and realized having my own Mother die from it what a heartbreaking and helpless thing it was to witness.
For the time being not having Hilda in our presence feels like something special is missing from our lives. But in my heart I know she has been set free from the cruel prison she was in and enjoying being back "Home" again from where we all came and each will return to. God bless you Hilda and welcome you safely into His loving arms !

06/09/20 08:09 PM #9    

Corrine Lutter (Martin)

I am so sorry to hear of Hilda's passing.  In High School went to the Chocolate Shop &  I was part of the "Animal Group".  Lost contact over the years but Hilda always kept me informed.  She was a remarkable woman and will be greatly missed.  Sending my condolences to Don and their family.

06/10/20 08:37 AM #10    

Suzette Arnoldini (Englund)

It is really so hard to see yet another classmate pass on.  I remembr Hilda well from Bradford and was grateful to have known her.  The smile she has in the photo from her obituary was pretty telling.  She was sweet, kind, generous, had a great laugh and many friends.  My condolences to her famiy and all her friends.  My hope one day is for a heavenly reunion!!  Rest in peace dear Hilda.      

06/12/20 03:46 PM #11    

Cheryl Tinnell (Schmidt)

Hilda touched many lives with her sweet personality. I remember Hilda's smile. My granddaughter Kilea was one of her Hospice RNs and feels her loss as well. 

06/13/20 02:50 PM #12    

Carol Kramer (Miller)

Sorry to hear of Hilda's passing.  So many classmates leaving us behind.  My condolences to her family and friends.


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