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Hildegard “Hilde” Thiess

December 21, 2013
Salem News

SALEM - Hildegard "Hilde" Thiess, 89, of Salem, died at 6:20 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at the Blossom Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born April 14, 1924 in Sandau, Czechoslovakia, the daughter of the late Ema Kourek.

Hilde came to Salem in December of 1956 from Germany. She worked at the Church Budget Co. and Salem Label. Hilde was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church and was a 50-year member of the Saxon Lodge #18, Alliance of Transylvanian Saxons.

Her husband, Michael Thiess, whom she married April 9, 1948, preceded her in death on April 9, 2007.

Her mother, Ema Kourek and stepfather, Emil Pilz also preceded her in death.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home with Pastor Alan Smearsoll officiating.

Calling hours will be held one hour prior to the funeral. Burial will be at the Grandview Cemetery in Salem.

Her obituary may be viewed and condolences sent online at


(Paid obituary)



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