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HOUDE, Hildegard

January 16, 1931 — August 7, 2023

Mom was born January 16, 1931, in Mauthstadt, Czechoslovakia to Josef and Wilhelmine Nodes. She had 3 siblings, Josef and Eric who died at birth, and Herbert, who died March 26, 2021. The Nodes family was forced to leave Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia in 1939. They went to Southhampton, England then on board the SS Montcalm on April 8, 1939, as refugees to Canada. There were lots of hardships during that time. The family acquired a small farm, they had 3 cows, pigs, and chickens, and a small garden.

Mom met Francis Houde and they were married on February 17, 1947, at the Catholic Church in Tupper Creek, BC. In December 1947, they had a daughter, Theresa, and shortly after that Wilhelmine (her mother) died in February 1948. She cared for her 13-year-old brother Herbert continuing to care for the family and home.

Mom was a wonderful cook and gardener, and she would sew, knit and crochet for her family. She raised her two children, Marcel and Theresa. This was not always easy because we lived in the bush in homemade trailers, and moved several times over the years. Marcel and I remember coming home from school to the smell of doughnuts and cinnamon buns! While in a logging camp, she would cook for the crew as well as her family.

In 1967 the family moved from Chetwynd to Kelowna. This had always been their dream – to be able to grow fruit and vegetables more easily and live in a warmer climate.

Mom and Dad were married for over 72 years and Mom cared for Dad as his life became more difficult. Eventually Mark and Marcel extended their home to provide a spacious 2-bedroom home for them.

Dad died on December 2, 2018, and Mom was lovingly cared for by Marcel and Mark for the rest of her time until she passed August 7, 2023.

Mom was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother to her family. We were all so happy to have shared our lives with her.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, August 16, 2023, at 11:00 AM, at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Parish, 750 Rutland Road N, Kelowna, BC. Reception to follow at 1210 Neptune Road, Kelowna, BC, V1X 3E6.  As well as there will be a prayer service on Tuesday, August 15, 2023, at 7:00 PM, at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Parish.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC SPCA.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2023, at 11:00 AM

Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Parish

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The service for HOUDE, Hildegard is scheduled for Wednesday, August 16, 2023, at 11:00 AM. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Parish

750 Rutland Road N, Kelowna, BC


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  • Marlene Anne Kennedy says:

    My Deepest Condolences To The Whole Family And To ALL Dear Hilda’s Friends To. R.I.P My Beautiful Friend. I Will Miss You Dearly. Hilda Will ALWAYS Hold A Very Special Place In My Heart. A Beautiful Lady Inside And Out. I Will Fondly Remember All The Great Talks, Visits, Laughs And So Much More. Hilda Was The Sweetest, Kindest, Warmest, Funniest, Dearest Lady And Friend I Had The Greatest Pleasure Knowing For 3 + Years. Hilda Was Like A 2nd Mother To Me. You Will Be Missed Very Deeply By So Many People That You Inspired And Made A Huge Impact On Their Lives. I Am One Of Them. Thinking Of The Whole Family At This Time, In My Heart, Prayers And Thoughts. Sending Lots Of Love And Big Hugs To You All. R.I.P Dear Angel. Love You ALWAYS. Marlene

  • Jayne Stolz says:

    Marc & Mark – condolences to you and family on the passing of Marc’s mom. The two of you went to exceptional lengths to give them a lovely setting and home for many years until your dad’s passing & now until your mom’s. They were obviously very much loved. Hugs to you all.

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