MATTOON -- Elizabeth Madelena Hidlebaugh, age 96, of Mattoon, IL, passed away at 11:10 p.m., Thursday, January 16, 2014, at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home in Mattoon, IL.
The memorial service in her honor will begin at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 20, 2014, at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, 1200 Wabash Avenue, Mattoon, IL 61938, with Jerry Weck officiating. There will be no visitation.
Born April 15, 1917, in Naples, Italy, Elizabeth was the daughter of Francesco and Josephine (Graneza) Fiorentino. She married Clarence Arthur Hidlebaugh in Naples, Italy in July of 1945. He preceded her in death. Survivors include her children, Joseph Clarence Hidlebaugh of Warsaw, IN, Assunta Mariea Hardy of Chicago, IL; Francesca Louise Hidlebaugh of Champaign, IL, Elizabeth Madelena Allen of Mattoon, IL, Italia Ida Connor of Mattoon, IL, Lana Starr Winkleblack of Windsor, IL, and Violet Melody Oliver of Mattoon, IL; thirteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, and two sisters.
Before retiring, Mrs. Hidlebaugh was a seamstress. She enjoyed crocheting and appreciated music, especially opera which she enjoyed both listening to and singing. Elizabeth treasured her family. She cherished spending time with them and loved travelling back to Italy to explore her beloved country. She will be deeply missed by family and friends.
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