Hilda Ida Buchholz was born August 23, 1917 at Avon, SD to Herman and Hillie (Brandt) Oorlog. She was confirmed at the Avon Lutheran Church and received her schooling from the Giedd School at rural Avon. On June 3, 1941 she married Reuben Buchholz. After moving to Mitchell she became a member of the Zion Lutheran Church. She taught children Sunday School for over twenty years and then after that she joined the ladies circle where she helped make quilts and baby layettes to send to missions overseas. She had a beautiful soprano voice and loved to sing the many familiar hymns. For numerous years she was employed in the drapery and fine furnishing department at Johnson’s Furniture.
She is survived by one son, Curtis Buchholz and his wife, Carole of Soldotna, Alaska, and a son-in-law, Fred Smith Jr. of Sioux Falls; four grandchildren: Bill Smith, Dixie Beebe, Kristina Buchholz, and Jon Buchholz and four great-grandchildren: Zach, Jordan, Troy and Taylor.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Reuben, her daughter, Janice Smith and her sister, Iola Lauer.