Hilda Sarah Agar

10/10/1919 — 04/01/2010

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Cleveland, Ohio

Hilda Sarah Agar

Hilda Agar, our beloved Wife, Mother and Grandmother passed away at the age of 90 on April 1, 2010, at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Washington. Hilda was born in Cleveland Ohio to Michael and Sarah Daniels. She had a happy childhood in Cleveland until at the age of nine her Mother passed away and at the age of thirteen her Father died. She was left an orphan in 1932 in the middle of the Great Depression. The Solts, who were family acquaintances, in Berlin Heights, Ohio heard that she had been orphaned and took her in to their home to live with them. Now Hilda went from being an only child and an orphan to a family with two sisters, Katherine & DeLauris, and a brother Dick, whom she loved dearly.

The principal at Hilda’s high school knew that she was a good student, but had no means to go to college. He helped her get a loan to go to Capital University in Columbus Ohio where she received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She continued on at the University of Ohio and received her master’s degree in Microbiology. A year after she graduated she moved to Seattle, Washington to take a research position at the University of Washington where she worked with one of the first scanning electron microscopes.

Hilda met John “Jack” Agar in 1947 and they were married on Christmas Day. They celebrated their 62nd anniversary last Christmas. In 1958 their daughter, Kathy, was born and in 1963 another daughter, Norma Jean, was born. Hilda was a wonderful Mother, always happy, kind and loving. She volunteered in many capacities in the girl’s schools and as a tutor helping many children

Both girls moved to Richland, Washington, and in 1992 Jack and Hilda moved to a home just minutes away from both of them. She had two grandchildren, Scott born in 1987 and Chelsea born in 1989 that she enjoyed and loved dearly and they had the joy of having Grandma just down the street. Jack and Hilda enjoyed their family, their garden, and their Shalom church family very much.

Hilda is survived by her husband, Jack Agar, daughters Kathy Hertzel Jeff, Norma Jean LaRock Eric, and grandchildren Scott & Chelsea Hertzel.

At Hilda’s request there will be no services. Please enjoy the spring flowers and take a moment to think of a happy memory of Hilda.

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  • We remember Hilda’s sweet spirit and wry intelligence. It was always heartwarming to see Jack and Hilda at Shalom, and to witness their loving and playful relationship. Our condolences to Jack and all the family.

    Craig and Becky Cooper
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • I’m sorry I never meet Hilda but I heard about her from my deceased husband–Pastor Jack Bernlohr. When my husband was a little boy Hilda was a student at Capital. My husbands parents had her live with them to help take care of Jack and his brother Bob, and help around the house. My husband spoke fondly of her, and I’m sorry we never met. However,we are so grateful for the schlorship that you set up to help future students. What a great gift that has been to many. Thank you so very much, and please accept my sincere condolences at the loss of your wife/mother. My husband passed away at the age of 68 seven and a half years ago. His death came shortly after he retired from the Lutheran ministry.

    Sincerely,

    Doris Lamb Bernlohr

    Doris Lamb Bernlohr
    November 4, 2014
    Burlington,, NC, US
  • When Hilda was a student at Capital Univ, she lived at our house for several years, helping my Mother take care of my brother Jack and me.I will never forget her and her kindness to us and am sorry that I never took the effort to thank her in person. Jack and I were very fortunate to have had her in our lives.

    Robert Bernlohr
    November 4, 2014
    State, College, PA, US
  • Hilda was one of the great stay-at-home Mom’s in our neighborhood and I learned a lot about canning, gardening, and sewing from her. I was lucky to count her oldest daughter as my best friend during those important “growing up” years and Kathy and I had lots of fun with Norma Jean and her friends from the neighborhood, too. I know how much she and Jack enjoyed living so close to the girls and grandchildren, so I’m happy that they made the move to Richland. Now Jack has joined her, and they are a formidable team once again!

    Laura Plough
    November 4, 2014
    Seattle, WA, USA
  • Missing you still so much mommy!!! May you and daddy now rest in peace together!!

    Norma Jean LaRock
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, USA
  • I used to help Jack and Hilda prepare the newsletter for mailing at Shalom church. I loved listening to the stories of what they did during the Great Depression and WWII. Hilda was a person of great wisdom. She reminded me of my parents and others of the great generation who saw the country through hard times. Hilda accomplished so much while starting with so little. Jack and Hilda were totally devoted to each other and a real example of the best of what a marriage can be. Mel and Onnie Adams

    mel adams
    November 4, 2014
    richland, WA, US
  • I will always have fond memories of Hilda. She loved her family and always said she was very blessed to have 2 beautiful daughthers Kathy, Norma Jean and a loving husband Jack. I will miss visiting with Hilda but will never forget her.

    Much love, Maria

    Maria Yancy
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I enjoyed meeting Hilda at the Shalom Book Group. She often had little anecdotes from her long life that contributed to the discussion of that book. The comments were always positive which reflected her outlook on life. We will all miss her.

    Brenda Dau
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Hilda lived with my grandparents and helped care for my dad and his brother while a college student at Capital University. My grandparents spoke of her with great affection. I know they were both very grateful for the help and companionship she provided my grandmother, a wife with two young boys and a husband who was very busy as an athletic director and coach. I want to tell her family that we are all touched and grateful for the scholarship she funded at Capital University, named after my grandparents. I wish I had met her, but please know that what she did is very much appreciated.

    Lisa Bernlohr

    Granddaughter of William and Ruth Bernlohr, Daughter of Jack Bernlohr

    Lisa Bernlohr
    November 4, 2014
    Portage, MI, US