Hilda S. Rivers

GWINN, MI. – Hilda S. Rivers, longtime Negaunee resident and most recently of Gwinn, died at 5:32 am on Friday, September 27, 2013 at the Mather Nursing Center.

Hilda was born March 11, 1924 in Negaunee Township to Andrew and Hilda (Lahti) Hemmila, attended Negaunee Schools and was a lifelong Negaunee resident. She was employed as a seamstress at the H.W. Gossard Company for many years.

In her younger years, Hilda was an avid outdoorswoman, often hunting and fishing with her husband. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially caring for her son, Ivan. Most recently, she enjoyed an occasional trip to the casino.

Surviving are her daughter, Nancy (Larry Shears) Jacobson of Allegan; 4 grandchildren: Lynn (Ron) Wright and David, Gary and Jerry Jacobson; 3 great-grandchildren: Terri Jacobson and Karmin and Kalvin Wright; her brother, Robert Hemmila of Negaunee; 3 sisters-in-law: Marilyn Hemmila of Palmer, Betty Hemmila of Negaunee and Shirley Hemmila of Negaunee Township; and a special friend, Robert Peterson of Gwinn.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Werner R. Rivers in 1991; her son Ivan in 1995; granddaughter Sharon Jacobson in 1976; twin sister Helen Hill on Aug. 7, 2013; 5 brothers: Arvid, Albert, William, John and Arthur Hemmila; and a son-in-law, Otto Jacobson.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, October 1st at the Koskey Funeral Home with Rev. Scott Lindenberg officiating. Burial will be in the Negaunee Cemetery. The family will greet relatives and friends from 2:00 pm until the time of services at 3:00 pm at the funeral home on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Mather Nursing Center Activity Fund in Hilda’s memory.

Condolences may be expressed online at koskeyfuneralhome.com