Ann Norine Murphy Hildreth was born on Nov. 28, 1927, in Findlay, Ohio to Maurice and Florence Murphy. She died on January 5, 2020 at the age of 92 at Bridge Hospice Care Center. She was married to Robert William Hildreth for 66 years, until he died in 2018. She was a mother to seven children, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, a teacher and a life-long member of St. Michael's the Archangel Church where she was baptized, confirmed, married and will be buried.
Ann, better known as Mrs. Hildreth by so many, was a 7th and 8th grade English teacher at St. Michael's for more than 20 years. For decades, former students approached her, thanking her for preparing them for a lifetime of writing. She was a diagrammer of sentences, a voracious reader, a red-pen lover. She taught students how to write term papers and how to live a faithful life with equal passion. She was strict, but fair. Many of the teachers who currently teach at St. Michael's cite Mrs. Hildreth as their inspiration for becoming a teacher.
Ann was always a woman who loved words. Before becoming a teacher and mother, she attended the College of Mt. St. Joseph in Cincinnati where she majored in journalism. She was a member of the secular Franciscan Order and a go-to for anyone who needed a novena. She had a deep network of friends through the church and her faith was at the root of every aspect of her life.
Ann loved her front porch at 1020 Hurd Ave, where she lived for 56 years. She could often be found there with a library book in her lap, waving at neighbors, chatting with visitors who dropped by, shaded by her beloved clematis. Her life lives on through not only her many family members who loved her so deeply, but a whole community whose lives she touched.
Ann was an incredible mother to her seven children. She is survived by all of her children: Mary Ann (Daniel) Bernier, Patricia (Michael) Wolford, John (Nancy), Kathy (Chuck) Beatty, Ed (Kathy), Betzy (Steve) McMaster, and Steve (Gina), as well as 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Robert, her sisters Mary (Frederick) and Eulalie (Donnelly), and her great-grandson, Xavier Eaton.
Visitation will be held at Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home, 500 Lima Avenue on Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Michael the Archangel Church Downtown at 10:30 AM on Friday, January 10. A graveside burial will follow Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery. A luncheon reception will follow the burial at the K of C Hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Ann's memory to St. Michael the Archangel School for Tuition Assistance or to Bridge Hospice Care Center. Online condolences may be shared via www.kirkpatrickbehnke.com.