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Hildy (Hildegard) Wurzburg
Nov. 9, 1934-Dec. 28, 2016
Petaluma, California

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Wurzburg, Hildy (Hildegard Strothmann) - It is with great sadness that we announce that the matriarch of our family passed away on Dec. 28, 2016, after a brief illness. She was the first generation of her family to be born in the United States. Her parents were Friederich Wilhelm (Willy) Strothmann (a Standard professor and author) and his wife Louisa.

Hildy attended and met the love of her life, Willam (Bill) Wurzburg at Palo Alto High School.

She graduated from Stanford with a Master’s degree in teaching. Her first teaching position was at Garland Elementary at the age of 20. She and Bill purchased their first home in Menlo Park where they lived for several years.

They moved to Petaluma in 1963 with their daughter, Michelle when Bill got a position as the principal of Penngrove Elementary. Hildy taught for the bulk of her career within the Novato Unified School District, retiring after nearly 42 yrs.

Hildy and Bill enjoyed traveling a great deal, often taking their daughters with them on their adventures to Europe and Hawaii. For their 25th anniversary, they visited the islands of Hawaii and for their 50th, enjoyed a cruise through the Panama Canal. Hildy also took trips to the Baltic Sea region, Australia and New Zealand.

She and her husband belonged to the 901 Elks camping group for many years as well as enjoying dancing with the Cotillion group of Petaluma and with a local square dancing club. Hildy served on the Petaluma Parks and Recreation commission for eight years. She was active in the Petaluma’s Women’s and Garden clubs, as well as the Danish club.

Hildy leaves behind two daughters, Michelle (Mark Thomas) and Heidi (Marty Nygaard), three grandsons and a granddaughter, three great-grandsons and a great-granddaughter, three nephews and her niece. She is also survived by her twin sister, Sigrid.

Tags: teacher/educator, public service

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