Canning Days

This article appeared in Today’s Farmer (Tockman, J. [1987]. Closing Thought. Today’s Farmer, Vol. 79, No. 3, pp.37-39). Reproduced by permission.

Baumgartner, Dorothy May Hilty

Dorothy May Baumgartner, 89, died Thursday, November 12, 2015, at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles, Missouri.

She was born Dorothy May Hilty on May 21, 1926, in Versailles, a daughter of Rev. Peter P. Hilty and Barbara Koller Hilty.

Dorothy married Edmond D. Baumgartner on August 22, 1948, at Bethel Mennonite Church in Fortuna, Missouri.

She and Ed were active members of the Bethel Mennonite Church. Dorothy was involved in Women In Mission, Children’s Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.

As well as being an avid member of the church, she was also active in the local community. Dorothy taught sewing and cooking for the local 4H. She was a columnist for the Versailles Leader-Statesman for 60 years writing the ‘Bethel News’ depicting life in the community and a story or two describing the days she grew up.

Dorothy began writing poetry at a very young age and it grew to be one her hobbies. She enjoyed writing poems about the people she knew and for many occasions. Dorothy was known as a great storyteller. Her stories held little lessons, created on the spot.

She was a gracious, thoughtful person who connected with both young and old and whomever passed through her life. She always had a cheerful disposition and seemed to have never met a stranger. She was cared about by relatives, the church and the community at large.

Dorothy was completely devoted to her husband over many years, caring for him, her family, and all those around her.

She is survived by a son David Baumgartner and his wife Marsha, two daughters, Diane Bruemmer and her husband Ed and Debbie Baumgartner. Also surviving are three granddaughters, Christy, Erin, and Kay and great-grandson, Owen.

The visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 17th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. at Kidwell Garber Funeral Home, Versailles, MO.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, November 18th at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Mennonite Church, Fortuna, MO.

Any donations to be given to Bethel Mennonite Church, Fortuna, MO.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Hilty, Peter Daniel

Peter Daniel Hilty, age 87, of Cape Girardeau, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2008. He was born July 16, 1921, the son of Peter P. and Barbara Koller Hilty.

On August 16, 1969, he married Nancy Wismer. They have one son, Daniel Peter Hilty and daughter-in-law, Kristen Celeste Hicks Hilty.

Peter received his MA from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1951, and his Ph.D. from the same University in 1958.

He was an English professor. He taught one year at Arkansas State, and four years at Park College in Parkville, before going to Southeast State University in 1964.

He served on Cape City Council from 1982 to 1988, was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, and a member of Rotary Club.

His hobbies were reading, poetry, history of family names, carpentry, and music.

In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by one sister, Dorothy Baumgartner of Versailles; one brother, Calvin Hilty of Porterville, California; two grandchildren, Elijah Tate and Magdalene Caroline; and many nieces and nephews, and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Carl, Hiram, and Paul, and sisters, Esther and Winifred.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, December 7, at the Bethel Mennonite Church near Versailles with Reverend Dave Zapf officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Bethel Mennonite Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the church, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at Arrangements are under the direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

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Hilty, Paul Edward (Pete)

Paul Edward “Pete” Hilty, Jr., age 74, of Versailles, went to his Heavenly home, Monday, February 27, 2017, at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles.

Pete was born August 24, 1942, to Paul and Mildred (Lehman) Hilty. He was a 1960 graduate of Morgan County R-II School. Following graduation, he attended a mechanical school in Kansas City.

On January 11, 1975, he married the love of his life, Wanda Hagerman. The couple had three children, Timm Hilty of Salt Lake City, Utah, Rachel Hilty Faron and husband Justin of Versailles and one infant child that preceded him in death. He loved his children with a great love. He was an amazing father and example of faith. However, one of his greatest treasures were his three grandchildren: Abigail “Abi”, Joel and Anna Faron. They were his pride and joy!

Pete worked as a dairy farmer most of his life and at Gates Rubber Company in Versailles for nineteen years.

Pete had a contagious smile. He loved to socialize with his friends and family. He loved sharing a cup of coffee with whoever would pull up a seat. He didn’t know a stranger. Pete was not afraid to speak his mind or give his opinion, but it was usually followed with words of wisdom. He was a man of amazing faith. His relationship with the Lord was what sustained him throughout his life, especially the last few months.

Pete is survived by his wife, Wanda; children, Timm and Rachel and husband Justin; grandchildren, Abi, Joel and Anna; four siblings, Loretta Baumgartner and husband Daniel of Kansas, Lovina Rahn and husband Gene of Ponca City, Oklahoma, Phillip Hilty and wife Brenda of Versailles and Colleen Swanson and husband Richard of Quadra Island, British Columbia Canada; brother by choice, Joe Lehman and wife Jodi of Jefferson City, Missouri along with nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and other relatives.

Pete’s family will welcome friends and family at a visitation from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 2nd, at the Family Worship Center in Versailles. A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, at the church with Reverend Danny Owsley and Ron Jobe officiating. Graveside services and interment will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery north of Versailles. Memorial contributions are suggested to Wanda Hilty to assist with medical expenses.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.