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Hilde was born Nov. 14, 1934 in Nauholz, Germany to Friedrich and Emma Kramer.

As the oldest child, she needed to provide her mother with much help through the difficult war years; she often suffered hunger, fear and cold, at a young age.

On March 15, 1957, she was joined in marriage to Eberhard Bruehl, in Netphen, Germany. They were married for 48 years, and had two children, Dorothea of Montreal, Que. and Gottfried (Shari) of Stanbridge, Que. Gottfried has two children, Sabrina and Nathan.

In July, 1975, the family left Germany and went to Quebec where they purchased a dairy farm the next month. The start-up was very hard—no cattle, no quota—but they liked to work in agriculture.

In August 1996, they retired and moved to Fort Frances, and then in April 1998, they bought the farm by Stratton where Hilde resided until her death.

On Nov. 21, 2019, Hilde passed away at home due to her heart and kidney failure. She lived 85 years and seven days.

Hilde was predeceased by her husband, her parents, and one brother-in-law, Herman Bender. She is survived by her children and her grandchildren; two brothers, Siegfried and Wilhelm, of Germany; and one sister, Hannah Bender, also of Germany.

Eberhard and Hilde began attending Sundays at Woodside Mennonite Church by Pinewood in 2000.

During the last couple of years, Hilde was not able to attend regularly due to her failing health, but she still enjoyed many short contacts with people in her home.

Her family is very grateful to all who have helped with Hilde's care, which enabled her to stay at home, where she wanted to be, during her entire physical decline.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Pineview Mennonite Church, with interment in Pineview Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Northridge Funeral Home.