Hildur Gerda Lovel


Hildur Gerda Lovel died peacefully in her sleep Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at the age of 95.  A longtime resident of Troy and Moscow, Idaho, she was born in Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada to Swedish immigrants Gerda Adolfina and Leonard Anders Widing.

Hildur was raised in Kootenai, Idaho, and graduated from Sandpoint High School, where she met her future husband R. Cecil Lovel.  They lived in Bonners Ferry and Plummer before moving to Moscow in 1951, where they operated Lovel Lumber and Supply and built and managed many rental units.  In 1973 they moved to a ranch near Troy.  Mr. Lovel died in 1975.

Hildur had a quick wit and loved to joke and laugh and have fun with people.  She had many dearly loved friends and continued to make friends her whole life.  She touched everyone she met with her infectious warmth and sense of humor.  She was a founding member of Moscow Garden Club and belonged to Women of the Moose, Roadrunners, Moscow Jr. Rodeo Assn. and Idaho Oldtime Fiddlers.  She was a talented cook, writer, artist, gardener and musician, who played honky-tonk piano and accordion by ear and loved to dance.

Hildur is survived by daughters Mabel Vogt, Potlatch; Shirley Steffen(Steve), Troy;  Deborah Carlson, Pullman, WA; son Richard C. Lovel(Emma), Boise; sister-in-law Betty Widing, Seattle; and several nieces and nephews.  Her grandchildren are Andrea Vogt(Marco Bittelli), Anna Vowels(Jacob), Kathleen Kern(Davey), Scott Steffen(Kilie), Kendra Carlson, Atle Carlson, Evan Lovel(Anna) and Gabriella Olivares.  Great-grandchildren include Enrico and Cecilia Bittelli; Tyann Kern; Jaxon, Elena and Jace Vowels; and Bentley Steffen.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brother Lorents Widing and sisters Mabel Widing and Lilly Harwood.

A celebration of Hildur’s life will be held on Tuesday,  Oct. 4th from 2-4:30 p.m. at Schierman’s Event Center, 3225 Robinson Park Rd., Moscow.  Memorials may be donated to Troy Ambulance/Fire Dept. or a charity of choice.  Short’s Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements and accepts online condolences at www.shortsfuneralchapel.com

10 Responses to Hildur Gerda Lovel

  1. Kathleen Warren says:

    Dear Mabel and families. What a peaceful way for your mom to leave. I know she had a rich wonderful life full of love and care from you and your siblings. Prayers are with you as you grieve your loss. Kathy Warren

  2. Pam (Million) Pauley says:

    Shirley, Steve and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Hildur will always be in my heart and memory.

  3. Dan and Twila Bieker says:

    Our condolences to you and your family. Sorry for your loss.

  4. Linda Widing says:

    Hildur my beloved aunt….sister of my dad Lorents Widing She was truly a gem and the most loving woman I have ever known! The twinkle in her blue eyes, the lack of mean words, the toe tapping fingers movin piano playing she was so spontaneous at! Never heard her say a mean word of anyone, except sometimes she would say…..this is kind of funny….
    So active, so agile, so busy with gardening, making art, wonderful baking of Swedish rosettes and Sandbakkles? I loved her
    Even at her 95th birthday when she was in a wheelchair and with Alzheimers impairing her communication she hummed a tune or sang softly to the music her daughters were making on violin and piano………..STILL LOVING THE MUSIC!
    I see her now in Heaven with her Cecil and all her siblings and parents, in a warm glow of LOVE
    She leaves behind very sad family members who miss her so………but she is at PEACE now and still and always much loved

  5. Sandy wikum says:

    Such a lovely lady , Ricky thinking of you all during this sad time . Blessings and love sent to you all.
    Sandy Wikum and family

  6. Dennis Harken says:

    Rick, My condolences to you and your family. So sorry to hear about your loss.

  7. Clay Williams says:

    I certainly remember Hildur very fondly and my condolences to Mabel, Shirley, Debbie, and Ricky. Many fond memories of West A St. and all the families and kids.

  8. Kate Grinde says:

    Dear Hilder’s Family,
    I rented an apartment on Howard St from Hilder back in the early 80s and can’t say enough positive about her. She was a kind landlord and even brought me pies a couple of times. I knew she was a gem and thought of her often. Wishing you peace and fond memories of your mom.
    Sincerely, Kate Grinde

  9. Patsy Mercer says:

    Dear Mabel and family,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. I have found that even if “Mom” is old, infirmed, or other things, she will be missed forever. Praying for peace for you and your family. Patsy Mercer

  10. Sam Scripter says:

    Rick, Mabel, and family: Your Mom lived a rich life; and 91, Wow! I am sorry for your loss.

Share Your Condolences:

Your email address will not be published.

To bypass our SPAM filters, please complete this simple math problem. *