Hildegarde Gretchen Hammond passed away peacefully at her home in The Chelsea at Brookfield in Belvidere, NJ on Monday November 9, 2020. She was 98.
Hildegarde was born March 2, 1922 in Zetel, Germany to George and Gesina (Braams) Bunjes. She came to the United States in 1930 when she was 8 years old with her family of 7. After processing through Ellis Island they moved to Le Mars, Iowa to be near family. She grew up in Le Mars and graduated from Central High School there. She graduated from the Business Institute of Milwaukee and worked as a secretary in Wisconsin. “Hilde” returned to Iowa and married Arnold Hammond on June 19, 1947 in Le Mars. After 20 years in Alta, IA they moved to Sioux City where they resided until Arnold passed away in 2008. Hildegarde moved to New Jersey in 2019 to finish her stay on earth near her daughter and family. She loved nature and enjoyed walking, swimming and golf. She will be remembered for her soft-spoken, friendly and genuine personality.
Hildegarde’s survivors include her son Curtis of Las Vegas, NV; her daughter Vanessa Gibbs and husband Gilbert and their family, son Gilbert of Austin, TX and daughter Christine Castelluzzo and husband Philip and their children Mikayla, Nova and Phoenix of Sparta. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers and wives, two sisters and husbands, and too many friends and family to list!
Services are being held privately under the direction of MacFadden Funeral Home in Belvidere, NJ.