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Wilda Swanty Hollinger

Jun. 16, 1923 - Oct. 1, 2021

Date of Service: Oct. 7, 2021

BURLEY – Wilda Swanty Hay Hollinger, 98, of Burley, passed away peacefully in her home of 70 years, surrounded by her loved ones, Friday, October 1, 2021.

She was born to Grace and Bill Hay on June 16, 1923, in White River, South Dakota. Wilda was second-to-the-youngest daughter of her six sisters. She attended school in White River and graduated in 1942.

On February 14, 1945, she married Lyle Ray Hollinger in Valentine, Nebraska. On February 9, 1946, they were blessed with their first son, Robert Lyle Hollinger. In October of 1948, the family moved to Burley, Idaho, where she had since resided. On March 23, 1949, they were blessed with another son, Dwight Ray Hollinger. She lost her son, Robert, in 1984, in a car accident.

In March of 1982, Lyle suffered a heart attack and spent the next six years in the Veterans home in Boise and died in January of 1988. In May of 1984, she married Vitus Albrecht, who later died.

In 1949, she went to work for the View Drive for three years. In 1952, she started a new job at Burley Livestock for seven years and worked one day a week. She spent the other three days of the week working for Bryant Packing Company. In 1960, she went to work at Ore-Ida Foods (McCain Foods) for 27 years. While working there she also started selling Avon and did that for 56 years. She met and made many friends doing that job.

Through the years she enjoyed working on her yard and loved planting her flowers. She loved to bake, cook and can. However, all that changed when her health started declining due to dementia a few years ago.

She is survived by her son, Dwight (Ana) Hollinger of Heyburn; five grandchildren, Dixie Conway, Tamara Forrest, Stephanie Stelly, Brad Hollinger and Stetson Hollinger; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and her special friend, Ray Praegitzer. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Lyle and Vitus; her son, Robert; and her six sisters.

The family would like to thank Hospice for their care the last two weeks of her life. A special Thanks to Kelsie Conway and Ballie Harmon for also taking care of Wilda. She loved you both.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 7, at Zion Lutheran Church, located at 2410 Miller Avenue, in Burley, Idaho, with Reverend Alex Lissow officiating. Burial will follow at the Paul Cemetery.

Friends and family will be received from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 6, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and Thursday from 10 until 10:45 a.m. prior to the funeral service at the church.

Condolences for Wilda Swanty Hollinger

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From Linda Smith:
98 years old, good for you Wilda! You had a great life. You will be missed. See you in the resurrection
From LeRoy and Ann Barnett:
So sorry Dwight, Ana and family. She was a special person.
From Faye Barnes:
Dwight and Ana. Sorry for your loss.
From Jacky & Anne Gochnour :
I am so sorry for your loss. She was a very sweet lady.
From Matt & Tami Clark:
Dwight, Ana, and family, We are very sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayer
From Chris Phillips :
Dwight and Ana Iam so sorry for your loss. Wilda was a wonderful and caring person. I’m so thankful that I had her in my life. I love her so much. God bless you all.
From Cindy Burton:
What a wonderful lady RIP, I worked with Wilda at ore Ida. Thoughts an prayers to Dwight and family an friends.
From Billi Jimenez:
Dwight and Ana.
So sorry about your loss Your both in my Prayers!
From Jeannie Schroeder:
I got to spend some time with Aunt Wilda and Dwight a few years ago and enjoyed that so much. She was a neat lady and would write to me every year. My thoughts and prayers go out to Dwight and family. He was so good to her and took such good care of her! . She will be missed!
From Mariah Gonzalez:
My prayers go to you Uncle Dwight. Your mother will walk with you daily.
From Connie Mitchell:
Ana & Dwight, Wilda was my grandmothers Avon lady. I always smelled beautiful thanks to Wilda. I saw her often when she delivered my grandmothers Avon. She was always a sweet and kind person. I was always amazed by her spunk and how hard working she was. She always remeembered me when we would meet somewhere. Dwight you were such a good son, she was lucky to have you. Sending love and prayers for you and your family.
From Michelle Howarth Andersen:
My dearest friend
I have all her voice mails she left me. She has all my secrets
I loved her
From Felipe Gonzalez :
Sorry for your loss you guys are in my thoughts and prayers
From Janice Reynolds (Hollinger):
Aunt Wilda lived a long life. I will always remember her with Uncle Lyle. My thoughts are with Dwight and family at this time.
From Margie Homan (Hollinger):
My deepest sympathy to Dwight and family.

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