Age 98, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 15, 2020. Doris was born to William and Ida (Seidelberg) Block on July 9, 1922 in Lansing, Michigan. She graduated from Lansing Eastern High School (Class of 1940) and attended Lansing Business College. She worked for many years for the Oldsmobile company, working her way up from an elevator operator to greeter to secretary. She was immensely proud that on occasion she was asked to fill in for R.E Olds’ secretary and enjoyed sharing stories of her employment there.
Doris married Jack A. Hildebrandt in 1946. They lived in Lansing while Jack finished his degree in Metallurgy from Michigan State. They moved around Michigan as Jack’s career prospered, living in Flint, Jackson, St. Joe, Battle Creek, Stevensville, and returned to Lansing when Jack retired. They were married 61 years, until Jack died in 2008.
Doris was devoted to her family and was strong in her faith. She and Jack were long time members of Emanuel First Lutheran Church in Lansing. She loved animals. There was always a dog or cat – sometimes both – as pets at the same time. She loved having fun be it playing cards with her friends or teaching games to her son and later her grandchildren. In her youth she would take the train to Detroit to go to shows and even tried taking flying lessons.
Doris was a loving mother to Tom (Fran) Hildebrandt, devoted grandmother to Matthew (Melanie) Hildebrandt, Michael (Jessica Camp) Hildebrandt, and Daniel Hildebrandt. She was the proud grandmother of Samara, Elie, and Jacob (Koby) Hildebrandt.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack Hildebrandt, and her three siblings, Edwin Block, Viola Brown, and Evelyn Adams.
A private family funeral service will be held on Friday, November 20, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. Virtual visitation took place on Tuesday, November 17th.
In lieu of flowers those who wish may make memorial contributions, in Doris’ memory, to the Michigan Humane Society or to a food bank of their choice.
Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.