Janice Darlene Hildebrand age 87, died at the Good Samaritan Society Sioux Falls Village on Friday, February 4, 2011, after living a long and productive life.
Born July 12, 1923, in Oacoma, SD, to Olina and Elvin Briggs, Janice attended school in Brule County. Her mother Olina Anderson Briggs died when Janice was five years old, leaving six children. Elvin Briggs later married Adelia (Dolly) Bullis, a widow who also had six children. Together, the couple had one more child. Janice graduated from Kimball High School, Kimball, SD, in 1941.
Janice moved to Mitchell, SD, in 1943 where, at the age of 20, she and her twin sister Geneva purchased and ran a 24-hour diner called the Snack Café. On November 2, 1945, Janice married Johnny (John) Hildebrand in Rapid City, SD. Janice and Johnny lived in Mitchell, SD, where they raised their nine children. Johnny was a contractor and Janice was a mother and homemaker who kept the books for John’s business. Janice was widowed in 1968 when John died of complications from a work-related accident.
Four years later, Janice graduated from Mitchell Technical Institute, Mitchell, SD, with a secretarial/bookkeeping degree. She went to work for Viking Glass, Mitchell, where she worked as office manager and bookkeeper for twenty years until her retirement.
Janice was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Mitchell, and a lifetime member of the Democratic Party. She will be remembered fondly for the love of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, family dinners, her enjoyment of bridge, her life-long card and coffee friends, her fondness for birds and flowers, and as a faithful Minnesota Twins fan.
Survivors include Rich, Kahului, HI; Carol (John) Elkins, Steve Hildebrand (Mike Pierce), and Joe (Amy) Hildebrand, Sioux Falls, SD; Carla Hildebrand (Tim Kelley), Green Bay, WI; Marsha (Tom) Hystead, Duluth, MN; Kim (Bruce) Nearhood, Rapid City, SD; and Mike (Diana) Hildebrand, Las Vegas, NV; eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sisters Geneva Wisner, Sioux Falls, and Bernice Pedersen, Yankton. Janice was preceded in death by her husband Johnny, daughter Dr. Arlinda Hidebrand, her parents, two brothers Floyd and Donald Briggs, and one sister Lucille Bennett.
A service in celebration of Janice’s life will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the chapel at Waterford at All Saints Retirement Community, 111 West 17th Street, Sioux Falls, SD. Relatives and friends are invited to stay for a light lunch to visit with family. Burial will be at Mitchell Calvary Cemetery at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials in Janice’s name be sent to the South Dakota Alzheimer’s Association, 1000 N. West Ave., #250, Sioux Falls, SD, 57104 or contributed online at www.alz.org.
A special thank you to the staff of the Good Samaritan communities of Hearthstone Assisted Living and the Village nursing home for their care of Janice and support to the family.