Earl Nelson Hildebrant
Nichols, NY

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Earl Nelson Hildebrant, 64, of Kirby Street, Nichols, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 18, 2005.

He was born on Aug. 26, 1941 in Chemung, a son of the late Elmer and Esther (JOHNSON) HILDEBRANT. Earl was a longtime employee for Tioga Opportunities Weatherization Program. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and small engine repair.

Earl is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 43 years, Mary Lou (GRIFFITH) HILDEBRANT; children Mary (Frank) Yaple of Barton, N.Y., Donna ROBINSON at home, Randall (Tammy) HILDEBRANT of Sayre, Pa., Steven HILDEBRANT of Key West, Fla., Victoria (Scott) HUNT of Wilmington, N.C., and Jeremy (Melissa) HILDEBRANT of Smithboro; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Leo (Sodsri) HILDEBRANT of Louisiana; sisters, Charlotte (Ed) WILLIAMS of Waverly, and Anna SHERMAN of Lake Worth, Fla.; brother-in-law, Don HILKER and sister-in-law Marie HILDEBRANT; a special life-long friend, Jude CORNISH of Romulous, N.Y.; special family members, Beth HILDEBNRANT BABCOCK of Nichols, Gary ROBINSON of Sayre, Pa., and Correna STANTON of Athens, Pa. Several nieces, nephews, cousins and his faithful canine companion, REESE, also survive.

Earl was predeceased by his brothers, Delmar and Guy HILDEBRANT; sister, Dorothy HILKER; and mother-in-law, Dorothy ZIMMER.

Funeral services and celebration of Earl's life will be held on Friday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols. Pastor Charles J. WASIELEWSKI, of the Talmadge Hill Gospel Chapel, will officiate. A period of visitation and sharing memories will be held on Friday from noon until the time of the service. Abiding with his wishes, cremation will follow the services at the Tioga Point Crematory, Athens.

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