Hildebrandt, Elaine (nee Affleck), at age 86, of Grand Island, entered into eternal rest to be with her Lord and Savior on January 12, 2018. She was a loving and faithful wife to her husband of 53 years, Theodore F. Hildebrandt (predeceased). She is survived by two sons, Dr. Theodore A. (Annette) Hildebrandt of Boston, MA, and Terry L. (Karen) Hildebrandt of Grand Island, three daughters, Joy E. (Andrew) Spiesz, Dawn C.(Daniel) Fitzgerald both of Grand Island and Kathy H. (John) Vandermey of Greenville, SC. She was a grandmother to 11 grandchildren, and great-grandmother to 15 great-grandchildren. She was the sister of Joyce Sulgit of California and brother of John Affleck, of Florida. Hildebrandt, born in Niagara Falls in 1931 was a lifelong resident of the area. She was born to the late Alexander Affleck and Mary (Hayes) Affleck whom she adored. She worked at Grand Island Middle School for decades. She retired in 1994. She served her Lord in many capacities; a Sunday School teacher, a co-sponsor to a senior high youth ministry and a mentor to many. She was a best friend to her children. She was a listening ear and gave grounded biblical counsel, often with a little personal opinion mixed in. She was an avid reader delighting in being a student of the Scriptures and of Jewish history. She faithfully prayed for others and for those who no longer had parents praying for them. She never knew a stranger and loved everyone. Laughter was her music. Her greatest love was for her Savior in whose presence she now abides. Friends may call Wednesday 4-8 PM at Kaiser Funeral Home 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bible Fellowship Center, 1136 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, where memorial services will be held Thursday at 10 AM. A private, family funeral will follow the service.
Published on January 13, 2018