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 Hilda <I>Harbel</I> Litynski

Hilda Harbel Litynski

Death 24 Oct 2012 (aged 89)
Minnesota, USA
Burial Sandstone, Pine County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 100012095 · View Source
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Published in the Pine County Courier, Sandstone, MN Nov. 1, 2012

Hilda Harbel Litynski was born on March 27, 1923 to David and Maria Harbel in Nishnaja Dobrinka, of what was then called the "German Republic" of the Soviet Union. Her family were ethnic Germans who were land owners and prosperous farmers living in the fertile area along the Volga River along with fellow ethnic Germans. As a result of the Bolshevik Revolution, her family was dispossessed of their property, and accounts of her early years were filled with stories of how they had to cope with the hardships of discrimination, frequent relocations and instability among a foreign people, viz. the Russians. At the age of 18, after the death of her father and the scattering of her brothers due to the war, she fled Russia with her mother, whose health was failing. Her mother died in a sanitorium in Poland. The remainder of the war years were spent in various locations in Poland, and then finally in Germany at the time of Germany's surrender to the Allied Forces. It was while in a German post war refugee camp that she met Stanislaw Litynski, whom she later married. Their oldest son was born in Germany prior to their immigration to the United States. They were among other "Displaced People" families who were sponsored by families and individuals from the Danforth/Sandcreek/Clover area and came to Hinckley, Minnesota, in August of 1949. After a relatively brief sojourn in Pennsylvania (where Ruth was born), they moved back to Minnesota. They purchased a farm east of Sandstone and there, after many years of instability, put down new roots and raised their family.

Hilda's husband passed away in 1981. In 1995, after retiring from her job of 27+ years as a nurses' assistant at the Sandstone Area Nursing Home, she relocated from the farm to a house in Hinckley, where she spent the next 13 years. In January 2008 she suffered a stroke which left her incapacitated and unable to care for herself. In April of the same year she moved in to the home of Lynette Waldow, where she received excellent care until her death.

Hilda's interests revolved around homemaking: cooking, gardening, canning, sewing, quilting (for her grandchildren), picking berries (especially wild blueberries with Anna Horbacz), and reading non-fiction, devotional books, and her Bible. She is survived by four children: Paul (Wilma Jeanne) of New Hope, MN, Ruth (Curt Olson) of Spring Lake Park, MN, Pete of Trego, WI, and John (Jolene) of North Branch, MN; seven grandchildren: Matt (Lori), Jonathan, Mike (Angela), Justin, Mark (Heather), Jeanna, Jennifer; six great-grandchildren; and several neices and nephews living in Germany.
Funeral Services 1:00 P.M. Monday, October 29, 2012 at Danforth Community Chapel. Visitation 3:00 to 6:00 P.M. Sunday at Methven Funeral Home, Sandstone, and 1 hour prior to services at church. Interment at Spring Park Cemetery, Sandstone, MN.




  • Created by: L. Tobeck
  • Added: 1 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100012095
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Hilda Harbel Litynski (27 Mar 1923–24 Oct 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100012095, citing Spring Park Cemetery, Sandstone, Pine County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by L. Tobeck (contributor 47057145) .