Norma Ann Hildebrand

Norma Ann Hildebrand, age 85, of Plainville, IL passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2024, in her home. She was born on November 14, 1938, in Quincy, IL, a daughter to Herbert and Bertha (Vonderheide) Peters. Norma married Paul C. Hildebrand in St. John Catholic Church on September 8, 1962. He survives.

Norma graduated from Quincy Notre Dame High School in 1956. After her marriage to Paul, she became a farm wife and devoted homemaker, actively participating in the P.T.A. while her children were still in school. After her children were grown, Norma worked at the United States Post Office in Plainville, IL as the Postmaster. Norma was also a master in the kitchen, treating her family and friends to roast beef, delicious pies, cookies, doughnuts – you name it! Her sweet nature and warm soul will be missed by the many lives she touched.

In addition to her husband, Norma is survived by her children: Debbie (Bill) Cramsey of Quincy, IL; Patrick (Susan) Hildebrand of Quincy, IL; Kent (Tracy) Hildebrand of Payson, IL; Alan Hildebrand of Plainville, IL; and Cheryl (Brian) Johnson of Payson, IL. Grandchildren: Rachel Cramsey, Lucas (Caly) Cramsey, Brett Cramsey, Abigail (Brandon) Funk, Ryan (Laci) Hildebrand, and Katie Hildebrand; Cody (Alyssa) Hildebrand and Hayden Hildebrand; Natalie Hildebrand; Amber (Conner) Smith; Trevor Johnson, Travis Johnson, Trey Johnson, and Tripp Johnson.
Great-Grandchildren: Sophia Cramsey, Tucker Cramsey, and D.J. Cramsey; Olivia Smith, Everly Smith, and Bryant Smith; and Nolan Hildebrand. Siblings: Carlene Dietrich and Janie (Bill) Steiner. Brothers and Sisters-in-Law: Margie (Gene) Venvertloh; Dory Hildebrand; Edie Aschemann; Marilyn Hildebrand; David (Mary Ann) Hildebrand; Carolyn Ankrom; Philip (Jeannie) Hildebrand; and Peggy Kindhart. Norma is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two children, Janet Hildebrand and Bradly Hildebrand; her parents; mother and father-in-law, Leonard and Elsie Hildebrand; Brothers-in-law, Nick Dietrich; Carl Aschemann; Darrell Kindhart; Alvin Hildebrand; Merle Hildebrand; Jim Ankrom; and a nephew, Brian Aschemann.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 8:45 a.m. in the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church. Interment in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church. Memorials may be made to Gift of Hope, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, or masses at St. Anthony Catholic Church in memory of Norma. Messages may be shared online at


  1. Sandy Schulte on April 22, 2024 at 7:12 pm

    Aunt Norm was the best sister, daughter, mom, aunt, grandma and great grandma. She was an extremely hard worker sun up to sun down and epitomized what it means to be a giver not a taker. Norma touched many many people with her kindness and generosity. I’m sure the heavens rejoiced to receive her home….I like to think of her having her best day ever with grandma and grandpa, Bradley, Janet and my dad.

    • Linn Dingerson on April 23, 2024 at 1:11 pm

      Beautifully said Sandy!! Sorry for your loss!

    • Barb Reed on April 24, 2024 at 9:01 pm


  2. Sara on April 22, 2024 at 9:20 pm

    Our deepest sympathy! Our heart breaks with you! What a wonderful lady and so so proud of her family!!

  3. Karen (Schneider) Steinkamp on April 23, 2024 at 8:58 am

    Dear Paul and family – we are so sorry for your loss, as Norma was such a good woman!
    The memories come flooding back…
    of standing at the back of church after Mass and telling stories,
    of working side by side at church dinners,
    and of going to each other’s homes for New Years Eve.
    Such wonderful memories!
    May all of your favorite memories bring a smile to your face, and we will be holding you all up in prayer.
    From The Schneider Family

  4. Kevin Schafer on April 23, 2024 at 9:33 am

    Some of my fondest memories were at the Hildebrand’s when working the hay harvest. We all worked hard, but all of the sweet tea and homemade snacks Norma would provide us always helped us get through the day! Her treats were second only to my mom’s……..a close second, but I would never tell Mom that! She was a wonderful lady. I am sad to hear she is gone. Thoughts and prayers to her wonderful family.

  5. Donna Cramer on April 23, 2024 at 4:54 pm

    Thoughts, prayers and our love to you and family. She will always be in our memories as one of the sweetest and loving woman we knew. Blessings to you all.

  6. Lori Terstriep on April 23, 2024 at 8:48 pm

    There was only one other lady that cooked like Norma and it was one of her best friends, my mother in law, Rita Terstriep. The guys loved cutting silage out at Hildebrands because they raved about her cooking and her pies! These 2 families were very close throughout the years and can stories be told. From young to old many laughs, shenanigans, tears and heartache played in our lives. I know Norma was greeted by some of those shenanigan “goers” and her life is being celebrated for the wonderful, faithful, devoted lady she was. Hugs, love & prayers to you all!

  7. Don Benz on April 24, 2024 at 7:45 am

    Debbie and Family – I am sorry for your loss – I wish you peace

  8. Pete and Kathy Anthony on April 24, 2024 at 12:37 pm

    Sorry to her passing , she was a very sweet person. We
    meet when she worked at the Post Office in Plainville,

  9. Larry & Patti Veile on April 25, 2024 at 10:44 am

    Our deepest sympathies to all of you, we know Brad will be happy to see her. You are in our thoughts and prayers

  10. Kelly Klinner on April 26, 2024 at 9:12 pm

    Cheryl, you and your entire family are in my prayers. I remember fond stories of your mom during our college days. You have my deepest sympathy.

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