Hildegard Maxwell passed peacefully on Tuesday, December 4th at the Pines Nursing Home in Catskill, NY. She was 91.
A longtime resident of Windham, she operated Hilde's Antiques on State Route 23 for many years. Hildegard led a long and colorful life. Born in Germany she grew up in Astoria Queens and raised her family in West Hempstead, LI. The family vacationed in the Greene County region for many years, with summer homes in the Round Top area before moving to Windham permanently in 1986.
Her love of collecting led her to open Hilde's Antiques. Besides the antique shop which made her a well-known character in the area, she enjoyed going to auctions, and restoring furniture and began her own line of teddy bears, called Hilde Bears.
She loved to travel, for many years driving an RV throughout the South with her late husband Ignatius. She also took extended vacations to Europe and Asia.
She also enjoyed meeting people on her long walks around and through Windham and at the Jewett Senior Center.
Hildegard is predeceased by her husband Ignatius. She is survived by five children, Bill, Tom, Liz, Mike and Tina; 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held 2-4PM and 7-9PM on Friday, December 7, 2018 at Decker Funeral Home, 5312 State Route 23, Windham, NY. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, December 8 at 9:30AM at St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church, 5188 NY-23, Windham. Interment to follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland, NY.