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Hilda Bader

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Hilda Bader
Hilda Bader

MISSOULA - Hilda Bader, 90, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2007, at Hillside Manor of natural causes.

She was born Jan. 22, l917, at Medicine Hat, Alberta, to Gottlieb and Matilda Hensel. She was the oldest of 10 children who for the most part were raised and schooled in Missoula.

She met and married her husband, Fred W. Bader, in 1940. The couple lived in Yakima, Wash., before returning to Missoula in 1945. Bill was employed by the Anaconda Co. and later Champion International for 30 years. Hilda worked for St. Patrick Hospital for 37 years in housekeeping and central supply.

Hilda and Bill were members of the Missoula Christian Church and she was an active member and officer of the Rebekah Lodge of Missoula. They both enjoyed camping and fishing together during the 1970s with family and friends at Browns Lake.

Hilda was a dedicated mother to all of her family, always there to offer encouragement and support to her daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren.

She learned at an early age to play the accordion and harmonica. She loved listening to music with a fondness for country western.

She was an avid seamstress and devoted much of her time sewing surgical gowns for the surgical teams of St. Patrick's Hospital, even after retirement.

Hilda was preceded in death by her parents, Gottlieb and Matilda Hensel; her husband, Bill; brothers Gottlieb Hensel Jr., Andy Hensel and Ben Hensel; and sisters Clare Evens and Alice La Valley.

Survivors include her daughters, Pat Stauduhar of Missoula and her husband, Joe, and Barbara Hill of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and her husband, Larry; grandchildren, Doug Stauduhar and Jasey of Missoula, Amy Bedey and Mike of Kalispell, Rick Hill and Jaci of Tucson, Ariz., and Robin Hill of Idaho Falls; great-grandchildren, Karli Stauduhar of Missoula, Katie Harmon of Kalispell and Lacy Wade of Idaho Falls; sisters, Lydia Beierle, Ida Stone and Esther Frey; and brother Albert Hensel.

Services and burial will be conducted at Sunset Memorial Gardens on Thursday, March 1, at 11 a.m. with a reception immediately following at the Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Mike Frey, Rick Hill, Doug Stauduhar, Brian Duncan, Bob Lehuta, Larry Hill and Joe Stauduhar.

The family offers a special thanks and gratitude to all the caretakers at Hillside Place and Hillside Health Care Center and suggest memorials to the rest home in lieu of flowers to Hillside Health Care Center 4720 23rd Ave. Missoula, MT 59803.

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