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Sylvia Carol Hilts, 85, of Sanborn, NY, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 19, 2018 while under the care of Niagara Hospice. She was born on October 20, 1932 in Niagara Falls, NY, the daughter of the late Edward and Adelia (Ferchen) Eggert.
Mrs. Hilts was employed for several years with Union Carbide and briefly for the Tonawanda News.
Music was a strong passion of hers, singing in the Niagara Chorale of NCCC and Festival Chorus with Douglas Wendt, Conductor. She also sang in many local church choirs for Christmas and Easter Cantatas as well as being guest soloist for area church services, weddings and special occasions. She enjoyed playing the piano and organ.
She enjoyed reading and cooking, especially preparing the fish and wild game associated with the hunting and fishing adventures of her husband and sons. She also loved to travel around the country with her husband Bill, attending various conferences and conventions.
She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and her strong Christian faith carried her through 85 years.
Mrs. Hilts is survived by her husband of 63 years William R. Hilts, they were married in March of 1955, her four children William D. (Sandra) of Lockport, Richard E. (Lynette) of North Tonawanda, David M. (Julie) of Burt and Susan Davignon of North Tonawanda, loving grandmother to Kiel and Owen Davignon, Christian Hilts and Natalie Adelia Hilts, step-grandmother to Marla (Kyle) Costello, Keith (Brandy) Brong and Kim Brong, as well as 12 additional step-grandchildren, a brother Noel (Joan) Eggert of North Carolina, also several nieces and nephews.
She was a friend to many during her spiritual journey and she really appreciated the close friendship with Carol Mayer and Janelle Kroening.
Her family will be present on Monday from 4-8 PM at RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 5893 Hoover Road, SANBORN, NY.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 AM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 453 Old Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda, NY.
Memorials can be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094.
Interment in Mt. View Cemetery, Town of Cambria.