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“Just recently, I heard the sad news of the loss of Hilde. I have such good memories of our stay at her house in 1998. We spend a great time with the...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Janneke Speckmann

“I had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful woman as her caregiver, she was a sweet kind lady and will be missed. Sorry for your loss. ”
2 of 15 | Posted by: Deidra Smith - Kalamazoo, MI

“I took care of Hilde at Borgess Gardens the last couple of times we were blessed to have her. She was a wonderful, gracious and classy woman. Her...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Krystal Harrison - Kalamazoo, MI

“I was truly blessed to have the friendship of your mom. We shared many laughs together. ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: Irene Talbot - Presque Isle, MI

“We are so sorry for your loss of your Beautiful Mother. We so loved the times when the family got together and we're able to listen to her stories...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Gerald & Susan Ulbrich - MI

“She was a wonderful lady my deepest sympathy . ”
6 of 15 | Posted by: Romeo Amat - kalamazoo, MI

“My deepest sympathy to the familyshe was a very lady ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: Romeo Amat - kalamazoo, MI

“Melanie, Mark, Eric, and Michael, Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Frans and Mary VanderWal ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“I will miss my cousin Hilde very much. My thoughts are with her family. Paula Novess ”
9 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Melanie, Mark, Erik and Michael, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. She was a wonderful person and has been in our thoughts...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Rosemarie O'Neil - Battle Creek, MI

“Hilde was a wonderful lady and I am grateful for her friendship. My deepest sympathy to her family. ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: Nancy Feniger - Kalamazoo, MI

“Mark, My condolences are with you and your family during this difficult time. May God comfort you. ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: Lisa Jones - Indianapolis, IN

“Mark, I'm sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort through your memories. ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: Jill Vitagliano - VT

“My deepest sympathy. Peace, prayers and blessings. ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Ralph DiBenedetto - Indianapolis, IN

“One of my best childhood memories was staying at Aunt Hilde's house during a snowstorm. She always made it fun when we came over and she was an...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Ron Heerlyn - Broken Arrow, OK

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Hilde Dykstra Ulbrich, 75, passed away on February 7 in Kalamazoo, MI. She was born in Sint Jacobiparochie, Friesland in The Netherlands on September 28, 1940. Hilde immigrated to the United States in 1953 and graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1958. She worked for the Sutherland Paper Company after graduation.

She loved to read, and spent many wonderful visits with friends discussing favorite books. She also loved to cook, and was known for her wonderful meals, especially desserts.

The biggest success in life was her children and grandchildren. She was the proud and loving mother of her daughter, Melanie de Vries, and sons, Mark Ulbrich, Eric Ulbrich and Michael Ulbrich. She adored her grandchildren, and her greatest joy was spending time with them: Lauren and Claire de Vries; Abigail, Grace and Emma Ulbrich; and Eli, Levi and Wyatt Ulbrich. She also leaves behind many beloved, loving family members and friends.

During her last years, she was often cared for by the staff at Borgess Gardens, who treated her like family. Her children are grateful for the wonderful care, and send their appreciation.

In lieu of gifts, her family is asking that friends bring or send cards with notes or memories of Hilde that can be shared with her children and grandchildren. If you are unable to attend the service, the cards can be sent to Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, 9170 East D Avenue, Richland, MI 49083.

A celebration of her life will be held at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel, at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 13th, 2016. Personal messages for the family may be placed at