Hilma E. Herman


Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Longtime Soldotna resident Hilma E. Herman died Saturday, April 9, 2005, of congestive heart failure at Stonebrook Inn II assisted-living facility in Soldotna. She was 93.

No funeral or memorial services are planned at the request of the family. At her request, Mrs. Herman will be cremated and her ashes reunited with the ashes of her deceased dog and best friend, Spike.

Mrs. Herman was the eighth child of 12, born to Hilda and Petter Hanson on Feb. 2, 1912, in Erickson, Manitoba, Canada. She was married to Ed Baldwin. They had two sons: Richard L. Baldwin of Kasilof and Roy B. Baldwin of Sterling.

Mrs. Herman's family relocated from Canada to Portland, Ore., in 1919. In 1941, the family moved to Alaska. During her 64 years in Alaska, she lived in Sitka, Anchorage, Kenai and Soldotna. She held various positions in these areas, including that of postmaster in one of Anchorage's first contracted U.S. Postal Offices in the Baldwin Feed and Grocery Store at 13th and I streets in 1948. After that she worked at the Alaska Native Hospital for approximately 20 years, starting her career as a nurse's aid and then going on to acquire her LPN license.

She and her second husband, Stanley Herman, were residing on 12th Avenue in Anchorage at the time of the 1964 earthquake and were fortunate to only experience minimal damage to their residence.

In the early 1970s, the Hermans relocated from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula. While living in Kenai, Mr. Herman built a home on the Kenai River in Soldotna near Swiftwater Park. After her husband's death in 1989, Mrs. Herman sold their house and moved into a smaller home in town, where she lived until about April 2004, at which time she moved to Stonebrook Inn because of declining health.

Mrs. Herman was proud of her Norwegian ancestry and, as such, was a member of the Sons and Daughters of Norway organization in Anchorage. She also was an active member of the Pioneers of Alaska in the Kenai-Soldotna area until her failing health. She loved the outdoors, gardening, cooking, baking and was gifted with the ability to crochet and knit.

Mrs. Herman was preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters and both husbands.

She is survived by her sons, Richard and Roy; their children; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, too numerous to mention by name, as well as by several nieces and nephews.

Cards may be sent to her sons at 390 Columbine St., Soldotna, AK 99669.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

Arthur Charles Mock

Longtime Soldotna resident Arthur Charles Mock died Thursday, April 7, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna from an illness. He was 61.

For information on services, contact Robert Sather at 260-4023.

Mr. Mock was born Aug. 7, 1943, in Corpus Christi, Texas, and moved to the Kenai-Soldotna area in the mid-1960s.

"He was a Native American Indian who enjoyed dune buggies, trucks, custom choppers, any powerful, purring engine on wheels— and Dr. Pepper. He was a private person, a loyal friend, and generous to those deserving. Described as both lamb and badger, he was definitely a person to have on your side," his family said.

The family asks that instead of memorial donations, people do a favor for someone less fortunate than themselves.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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