October 16, 1935 – February 13, 2021
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Hulda Seibert, a devoted wife, a gracious nurturing mother and the joy of her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s lives. She lost her lengthy dignified battle with cancer, passing peacefully with her children by her side.
Hulda is survived by her children, Heino (Tracy), Andrea Ackroyd (John), Sue Hunt (Phil), Rick (Irene), Lore Schick (Dale), Caroline Ashley (Chester), 14 devoted grandchildren and 8 adoring great grandchildren, her sisters Emma and Heide of Germany, in-laws Sieg and Christina Seibert, Al and Adele Seibert, Karl and Reta Seibert all of Williams Lake as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Canada and Germany.
Hulda is predeceased by her husband Fred in 2018, her young precious son Thomas in 1974, her parents in Germany, Gottlieb and Eleonore Schramm and siblings, all in Europe, Ludwig, Christine, Pauline, Katharine, Johann, Maria, Otto, Reinhold, Erika, Helmut.
Resulting from earlier German migration and colonization to the area, Hulda was born October 1935 in the village of Strembeni (now Strimbeni), region of Bessarabia (now country of Moldova) in the Kingdom of Romania (now Romania).
As Soviet troops began occupying the region in October 1940, her family as well as other German families, were repatriated to German controlled areas. In October of 1941, Hulda and her family were transferred to Tuschin-Wald Poland, to work on a farm producing food for the war effort.
As soviet troops approached, in January 1945, Hulda, her siblings and mother fled west by horse and wagon arriving in Lower Saxony April 1945. By 1947 her family was reunited and resettled on a farm in the town of Beckentin, East Germany.
Hulda worked on farms and in factories, eventually saving enough money for passage to a new life. In 1958 Hulda moved to Canada. She traveled to Vernon BC, joining cousins that had arrived and settled earlier from Germany. It was in Vernon where she met and married Fred Seibert. In 1960 Hulda joined her new husband Fred in Williams Lake where he had established a home years earlier.
Hulda’s focus was now on family. Her time was devoted to raising 7 children, working the family farm, and creating a loving environment that brought together aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends for family events on a regular basis, creating unbreakable bonds lasting a lifetime. Her dedication to her family was as strong as the devotion and faith she had in her Lord Jesus Christ. Her faith would guide her and give her strength in all she experienced throughout her life.
Hulda spent 20 years working at Cariboo Lodge Care Home, caring for and assisting Seniors from the community until her retirement in 1999. Her retirement years included fishing and camping with Fred, travel throughout Canada and the US, visiting and playing cards with good friends, her sister in laws, but most importantly to her … thoroughly enjoying the company of her grandchildren and great grandchildren, spoiling them with special treats, hugs and kisses that could only come from her.
Hulda’s family would like to thank Pastor Noel Smith of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church for bringing the words of the Lord, offering peace and joy during her final struggle, Dr. Van Der Merwe for her years of kind and loving care and the staff at Williams Lake Community Home Support and Deni House Palliative Care Unit for their gentle and compassionate care.
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