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Hilda L. (Michel) Eitzmann

November 29, 1924 ~ July 12, 2022 (age 97)

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Hilda Louise (Michel) Eitzmann, the youngest of three children born to Otto and Louise (Oestmann) Michel, was born November 29, 1924 at home on the family farm near Johnson, Nebraska.

Hilda was baptized on December 21, 1924 at St. Paul Lutheran Church (Hickory Grove) rural Auburn,

Nebraska.  She was confirmed at the same church on April 7, 1939.  Her confirmation verse was Proverbs 3:6,” in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”  Hilda lived her faith by example and enjoyed her time with God through her daily devotions.

Hilda attended school at Roosevelt Rural School District #26 near Johnson, Nebraska through the 8th grade.  After Arthur discharge in October 1945 from 3 1/2 years served abroad with the Army in WW II Hilda was united in marriage to Arthur Eitzmann of Byron, Nebraska on May 23,1945 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, rural Auburn, Nebraska.

  This marriage was blessed with two daughters, Lois and Lucille.  After their marriage, Hilda and Arthur lived on a farm east of Hardy, Nebraska until 1963 when they moved to Byron, Nebraska.  She joined the Byron Busy Bees Extension Club; and in later years, Hilda and Art became members of the Byron Senior Citizens where she was active with making quilts.

Hilda was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She loved her role as a homemaker and caregiver.  She loved cooking and baking for her family.  She made numerous quilts and blankets for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Visits from friends and family were a highlight of her life.  She enjoyed reminiscing, especially with nieces and nephews, about the “good old days” and family history.

Hilda and Arthur (lifetime member) were members of St. Peter Lutheran Church, rural Byron, Nebraska.  For 65 years, Hilda was an active member at St. Peters attending Mary Martha Circle, Bible study, and sewing blankets for Lutheran World Relief.  Also assembling health kits and school kits for many years.

In 2011, Hilda moved to Lincoln to live with daughter and husband, Lois & David Kirchhoff.  She joined Good Shephard Lutheran church while living in Lincoln.  In 2018, she moved “back home” to live with daughter and husband, Lucille & Lyle Schardt where she was currently residing.  She then became a member of Peace Lutheran Church of Deshler, Nebraska.

Hilda passed away on July 12, 2022.  God blessed her with 97 ½ years.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Louise Michel; her husband, Arthur Eitzmann; brother, Edwin (Elsa) Michel; sister, Leona (Clarence) Lange; brothers & sisters in law, Oscar & Mable Eitzmann and Lenard & Luella Eitzmann.

Hilda is survived by her daughters and spouses, Lois & David Kirchhoff of Lincoln, NE and Lucille & Lyle Schardt of Byron, NE.  She is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren:  Kent & Aundria Kirchhoff, Makenna, Kolton, Kalen of Denton, NE, Kody Kirchhoff, Kyle, Kaylah of Dothan, AL; Brendan & Michelle Schardt, Tyra, Trinity, Tierra, Tasia of Deshler, NE; Shannon & Thad Buster, Avery, Ainsley, Adilyn of Gretna, NE; Tiffany & Jake Beam, Jackson, Jaden, Jase, Janae of Byron, NE.  Also survived by special family Angela & Allen Newman and Zachary of Hastings, NE; nieces, nephews and friends.

Celebration of Life services will be held at Peace Lutheran Church of Deshler, NE at two pm, Saturday, July 16, 2022, conducted by Pastor Joseph D. Love.

Interment will be at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, rural Byron, NE. 

Memorials may be given to the Hilda L. Eitzmann memorial fund.

Friends may call on Friday, July 15, 2022 from 1 PM to 8 PM at Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS, where the family will receive friends from 5 PM to 6 PM.

Casket Bearers: Kent Kirchhoff, Kody Kirchhoff, Brendan Schardt, Thad Buster, Jake Beam, Kolton Kirchhoff, Avery Buster.

Honorary Casket Bearers: Shannon Buster, Tiffany Beam.

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Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS.

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 Service Program


July 15, 2022

1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home
1322 19th Street
Belleville, KS 66935

Family Greeting Friends
July 15, 2022

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home
1322 19th Street
Belleville, KS 66935

Funeral Service
July 16, 2022

2:00 PM
Peace Lutheran Church
535 3rd Street
Deshler, NE 68340

Interment following funeral service
July 16, 2022

St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery
5011 Road C
Byron, NE 68325

Please note
Memorials may be given to Hilda L. Eitzmann Memorial Fund. Friends may call on Friday, July 15, 2022 from 1 PM to 8 PM at Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS where the family will receive friends from 5 PM to 6 PM
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