Hilda Habermann, 87, climbed heaven's staircase to grasp the hands of her Savior and Lord Jesus Christ on March 12, 2012, while being comforted by her four children and spouses at her bedside. Survivors include her four children, Helmuth and (Judi) Habermann and Ed and (Barbara) Habermann, Irma and (Richard) Kinnischtzke, Gertie and (Larry) Permann. She leaves behind eleven grandchildren, including Daniel (Viktoria) Habermann, Laura (Nik) Guse, Anita (Habermann) Riggins, Greg (Julie) Habermann, David (Traci) Kinnischzke, Jon (Susanne) Kinnischtzke, Becky (Todd) Combs, Lois (David) Goeser, Gina (Josh) Daniel, Valerie (Randy) Southern, and Jeff (Kim) Permann. Also grieving their loss are 28 great-grandchildren, including Christopher, Noah, Cassandra, Benjamin, Kate Habermann, Madison and Ashley Guse, Ryan Habermann, Emily Phillips and Dylan Riggins, Anthony Habermann, Abbi, Emily, Josh and Lindsey Kinnischtzke, Aaron and Meghan Kinnischtzke, Makala, Trace, Tyler, Orrin Combs, Jaycek and Aneliese Goeser, Bailey Daniel, Bailey Roy, Blake and Colby Southern, and Jude Permann. Finally, three great-great grandchildren, Breauna and Laila Phillips and Kalli Slone complete her string of descendants. Also surviving are her sister, Erna (Martin) Wissinger; brothers, Johann (Kati) Martin, Theodor (Inge) Martin; and numerous nieces and nephews in Germany. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Oscar Habermann; her parents, Theodor and Rosina (Weller) Martin; her brothers, Reinhold, Herbert and Willi Martin; her daughter-in-law, Sharon (Rand) Habermann; and her husband's parents, Georg and Wilhelmina (Heim) Habermann. Hilda was born March 3, 1925, in Gnadental, Bessarabia, Romania. She immigrated to Cobadin, Romania, with her parents in 1937, and she and her family were forced to flee for their lives in 1941. Over the next five years, she lived in numerous refugee camps in Austria, Czechoslovakia and Germany. She married her husband, Oscar, in a refugee camp in Ybbs, a.d. Donau, Austria, in 1944. After a three-year separation from her husband caused by the war, he rejoined her in Germany, where they resided with their three children until they, and his parents immigrated to Hebron, North Dakota, U.S.A. in 1952. After their fourth child was born, they continued to reside there until she and her husband retired to Colorado Springs, Colo., to be near their families. She lived there until her husband died in 1998 and eventually relocated to Wray and Pueblo, Colo. She was able to enjoy her retirement with family and with the numerous friends she made everywhere she went. She was known as a great cook, baker of outstanding pastries, quilter and creator of many works of art made of threads. In her lifetime, she made well over 100 quilts, for each of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous other friends. She shared her love of Jesus Christ in the way she lived her life, with family, friends and strangers alike, whenever she was near them. Her smile, her accent, her willingness to serve was evident to all those who knew her. Shyness and timidity were not part of her life and she made friends everywhere. Visitation and viewing is from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 16, 2012, at the Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel of Pueblo, Colo., followed by a family service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17, 2012, at the Pueblo Christian Center, 1605 S. Pueblo Blvd., Pueblo, CO 81005. Following a luncheon, the committal service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colo. Memorials given in her honor will be given to her favorite charities, including Gideons International, 1117 E. Boulder St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903 and the Billy Graham Foundation, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201-0001. Online condolences can be expressed at www.montgomerysteward.com.

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  1. Dear Helmuth, Judi & Family,

    Sorry to hear about the death of your mom. Everything I ever heard about Hilda was so positive reflecting what a wonderful person and friend she was to so many! Wow, what an early childhood and young adult life she experienced! I can’t help but think that she really appreciated and valued life in the U.S. Our freedom is so special and unfortunately is taken for granted by many. Her appreciation and values live on in her children and grandchildren today!

    Hang on to your memories of this special woman!

    Love,
    John Wanner

  2. Helmuth and Judi,
    I am sorry to read about your mother’s death in the Herald. I remember that my folks were glad that the Habermanns would be their neighbors when they moved to Hebron. Remember..
    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
    God Bless and Comfort You,
    Denis and Jeanne(Wanner)Duppong

  3. I did not know Hilda personally, but I felt like I knew her through her beautiful daughter, Gertie. Your mother raised a Godly family and was an awesome Christian influence. What an incredible legacy she left through her entire family. Heaven is rejoicing at her homecoming, and I pray our Lord and Savior will bring you his peace and comfort through beautiful memories of your mother.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Debbie and Tom Zarbo

  4. So sorry to hear of Hildas passing,but we know she is in the Lords presence,praise the Lord!you are in our thoughts and prayers,Dick,Irma and family,Love to you all,Curtis and Leisha

  5. Unser innigses Beileid zum Tode eurer lieben Mutter, meiner Schwester und unserer Tante Hilda. In den schweren Stunden des Abschieds sind wir in Gedanken bei Euch und der lieben Verstorbene. Fam.Martin Johann und Katharina und Düpree Ilse mit Norbert und Alexander

  6. Hal, Judi and Family….we are very sorry to hear about your loss, but rejoice with you that she is in heaven. Eric and Suzie Egge

  7. Wir möchten Euch unser tiefstes Mitleid aussprechen und Euch viel Kraft für die kommende schwere Zeit wünschen.

  8. Hal & Judy – Blessed be the memories as you lay your mother to rest. May the Lord be praised as a result of her life.

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