Hilma Jane Gardner

ESCANABA – Hilma Jane Gardner, 87, of Escanaba passed away on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.

Hilma was born Jan. 3, 1927, in Ensign, the daughter of Waldamer and Hilma (Magnuson) Anderson. She was united in marriage to Lester Gardner on Dec. 29, 1951, at the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Escanaba. In her youth she spent some time working in Chicago and she loved to dance and play the guitar and piano.

Hilma is survived by three daughters, Debbie (Greg) Curran of Escanaba, Yvonne Gardner of Escanaba and Becky (Todd) Dubord of Danforth; six grandchildren, Jamie (Elizabeth) Curran, Brian (Beth) Curran, Joe (Leah) Curran, Jessie (Craig) Weissert, Sara (Brad) Trombley and Krista Dubord; thirteen great-grandchildren and two on the way; two sisters, Ann Bert of Escanaba and Eileen (Gary) Schultz of California; a sister-in-law, Lori DeMars of Escanaba; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her sisters, Hazel Holm, Evelyn “Evie” Johnson, Thora Greenland, Rose Erickson and Clara Anderson; twin infant brothers, Axel and Andrew; and her brothers, Grover, Victor, James and Miron.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 24 from 12-2:30 p.m. at the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services will follow at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Chris Johnson officiating.

Hilma will be laid to rest in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.

For additional information or to leave the family a message of condolence, go to www.skradskifuneralhomes.com/.