Janice Darlene Hildebrand


July 12, 1923 - February 4, 2011


Janice Darlene Hildebrand age 87, died at the Good Samaritan Society Sioux Falls Village on Friday, February 4, 2011, after living a long and productive life.

Born July 12, 1923, in Oacoma, SD, to Olina and Elvin Briggs, Janice attended school in Brule County. Her mother Olina Anderson Briggs died when Janice was five years old, leaving six children. Elvin Briggs later married Adelia (Dolly) Bullis, a widow who also had six children. Together, the couple had one more child. Janice graduated from Kimball High School, Kimball, SD, in 1941.

Janice moved to Mitchell, SD, in 1943 where, at the age of 20, she and her twin sister Geneva purchased and ran a 24-hour diner called the Snack Café. On November 2, 1945, Janice married Johnny (John) Hildebrand in Rapid City, SD. Janice and Johnny lived in Mitchell, SD, where they raised their nine children. Johnny was a contractor and Janice was a mother and homemaker who kept the books for John’s business. Janice was widowed in 1968 when John died of complications from a work-related accident.

Four years later, Janice graduated from Mitchell Technical Institute, Mitchell, SD, with a secretarial/bookkeeping degree. She went to work for Viking Glass, Mitchell, where she worked as office manager and bookkeeper for twenty years until her retirement.  

Janice was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Mitchell, and a lifetime member of the Democratic Party. She will be remembered fondly for the love of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, family dinners, her enjoyment of bridge, her life-long card and coffee friends, her fondness for birds and flowers, and as a faithful Minnesota Twins fan.

Survivors include Rich, Kahului, HI; Carol (John) Elkins, Steve Hildebrand (Mike Pierce), and Joe (Amy) Hildebrand, Sioux Falls, SD; Carla Hildebrand (Tim Kelley), Green Bay, WI; Marsha (Tom) Hystead, Duluth, MN; Kim (Bruce) Nearhood, Rapid City, SD; and Mike (Diana) Hildebrand, Las Vegas, NV; eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sisters Geneva Wisner, Sioux Falls, and Bernice Pedersen, Yankton. Janice was preceded in death by her husband Johnny, daughter Dr. Arlinda Hidebrand, her parents, two brothers Floyd and Donald Briggs, and one sister Lucille Bennett.

A service in celebration of Janice’s life will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the chapel at Waterford at All Saints Retirement Community, 111 West 17th Street, Sioux Falls, SD. Relatives and friends are invited to stay for a light lunch to visit with family. Burial will be at Mitchell Calvary Cemetery at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials in Janice’s name be sent to the South Dakota Alzheimer’s Association, 1000 N. West Ave., #250, Sioux Falls, SD, 57104 or contributed online at www.alz.org.

A special thank you to the staff of the Good Samaritan communities of Hearthstone Assisted Living and the Village nursing home for their care of Janice and support to the family.


To Be Announced


Saturday, February 12, 2011
10:00 AM
Celebration of Life
Waterford at All Saints Retirement Community Chapel
111 West 17th Street
Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Calvary Cemetery
Saturday, February 12, 2011 ~ 3:00 PM
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Pat (Hildebrand) Flaagan on February 23, 2011
My condolences to all my cousins, the children of Janice and John. I have fond memories of my big family visiting your bigger family in Mitchell. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Susan Kelley Kampmann on February 9, 2011
My sympathy to all the Hildebrand clan.Your all a great tribute to your moms great love of faith and family.
Posted by Donna (Falor) Cannon on February 9, 2011
I remember visiting the family home in Mitchell with my parents, Merle & Berniece Falor, as I was growing up. While there we'd go across the street to play in the park. If I'm not mistaken Johnny was the groomsman for mom & dad's wedding in 1947.
Posted by Nick Kimball on February 8, 2011
I'm sorry to hear of Janice's passing. I'll always remember her kindness - bringing baked goods to the office and lending me her vacuum cleaner when we lived in the same apartment complex during the '04 Daschle campaign.
Posted by Joe and Amy Hildebrand on February 8, 2011
We love you Mom and will always miss you. We had good times fishing at the James river as kids, thank you for nurturing my love for the outdoors. I enjoyed spending time with you watching the birds and in your last days feeding the squirrels. I will love you Mom forever.
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