Hilda Wahlman was a kind and generous woman who loved spending time with her friends and family, said Kiki Wahlman, her daughter-in-law.
“When we were together, it was a full, happy house,” she said. “When we would visit her in Florida, she loved to show us around.”
Hilda Wahlman, 85, of Merrillville and formerly of Sun City Center, Fla., died Aug. 16. She had worked at Gordon’s Department Store and Highland Department Store, and had worked at Beal’s Department Store in Florida.
She was preceded in death by Charles Wahlman, her husband of 58 years, in 2006.
She loved the time she spent working in the children’s department of the department stores, because she loved talking with the customers, her daughter-in-law said.
“She could talk to people for hours, whether she knew them or not,” she said. “She really enjoyed being with people.”
She had a good, dry “German” sense of humor, she said, and was the “belle of the ball” at her assisted living center.
Wahlman said her mother-in-law was a “proper lady” who always had her hankie and her gloves. She was very generous, always making sure the wish lists of family members were filled.
She loved to take pictures and was constantly making copies to share with family and friends.
She belonged to a domino club and enjoyed playing with her friends in Florida.
She thrived in the face of adversity, Kiki Wahlman said.
“She went through so much that people didn’t know about,” she said. “She had an inner strength.”