Hilda S. Kangas

August 30, 1944 - August 22, 2015

08/30/1944 - 08/22/2015

Past Services

Thursday August 27, 2015
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home
204 West Main Street
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
740-695-0475 | Directions
Thursday August 27, 2015
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home
204 West Main Street
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
740-695-0475 | Directions


Hilda S. Kangas died Saturday, August 22, 2015 and would have celebrated her 71st birthday this Sunday, August 30th.

She was the only daughter and youngest of three children born to Joseph and Annie Irene Hillman of Beaumont, Texas.

A career homemaker, Hilda was a devoted wife and loving mother.

Those she met were attracted by her warmth and loving kindness. Those having the opportunity to know Hilda better, found her true and sincere and became life-long friends.

When told she had cancer, Hilda made a vow to not cry or feel sorry-a promise she never broke.

Hilda is survived by her husband of 48 years, Cliff Kangas; two sons, Cliff Kangas, III (Maryland) and Matt Kangas (Minnesota); one grandson, Jack Kangas (Minnesota) ; two brothers, retired psychiatrists, Farrell A. Hillman, MD (Austin, Texas) and Jack B. Hillman, MD (San Antonio, Texas).

Hilda will be truly missed by both friends and family.

Visitation will be 3-6 PM, Thursday, August 27, 2015 at the Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home & Crematory, 204 West Main Street, St. Clairsville, OH. 43950. Hilda’s Memorial Service follows visitation with Kent Millard officiating.

Instead of flowers the family is asking those so wishing to make contributions in Hilda’s name to either the Belmont County Animal Rescue League, PO Box 115, St. Clairsville, Ohio  43950  or the Belmont County Salvation Army, 37th Street, Bellaire, Ohio  43906.

Please share your thoughts and memories of Hilda at  www.beckaltmeyer.com.


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Carol Achenbach Corbin
1 year ago

I went to high school in Beaumont, Texas, with Hilda. Having attended our class’s sixtieth reunion this past weekend, I mused about all those classmates who were not present. Searching some of them on-line, I found Hilda’s obituary. I am saddened. I remember her fondly.

Stephanie Meredith
8 years ago

Cliff, prayers are with you and your family for God’s peace, presence, and comfort. During her time on this earth Hilda was blessed to have you…and you were blessed to have her. What a glorious reunion you will have!

Cheryl D.
8 years ago

I am sorry for your loss and offer sincere sympathy. Words cannot express the pain felt when we lose a loved one. I pray that you find comfort in God’s Word, and also find peace. Psalm 46:1 says: “God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress.”

Bruce and Cheryl Roup
8 years ago

So sorry to hear about the loss of your wife. Our prayers are with you and your sons.
Bruce and Cheryl Roup

Charlene Kangas
8 years ago

I pray for a sense of God’s supportive presence as you grieve Hilda’s death. I also pray that you will be blessed with many fond remembrances that will lead you to thank God for Hilda’s life.

Reba and Bradley Willis
8 years ago

Special people bring sunlight into your life. I think Hilda was such a person.
a friend, Reba H. Willis

Pat & Shirley Patterson
8 years ago

We have treasured memories with Hilda,Cliff and their boys when we lived in Grandwood Park, Illinois.
May time and many treasured memories ease the pain and Brighton your days.

Cliff Kangas
8 years ago

After learning of Hilda’s passing, a long-time friend and classmate, Jack Elsea, sent this poem I thought worth sharing:

God saw you getting tired, when a cure was not to be. So he closed His arms around you and whispered…”come to me”. You didn’t deserve what you went through and so He gave you rest. God’s garden must be beautiful. He only takes the best. And when I saw you sleeping, so peaceful and free from pain, I could not wish you back, to suffer again.

Chelsea Parsons
8 years ago

To Hilda-
I will so miss you- my childhood playmate with golden curls and a bubbly giggle. My lifelong confidant, my caring, compassionate beautiful cousin.
How wonderful to have had you to share so much with – our early adventures, teen hi-jinks, and womanly wonders and woes. I knew you to be happy. Laughter always punctuated our conversations. You were sunshine to my soul. We were best buddies as children. Sunday dinners at grandma Campbell’s when we swang on the porch swing. One time we collected all the eggs from Preacher’s hen house only to find out they were to be hatched, we had to put everyone back under a hen. We would perform Christmas carol for our parents with shirts wrapped around our necks to look like choir boys. We went on adventures (around the corner from your house until we gave up). One time we walked from the farm to the saw mill, saw a huge sawdust pile and spent time sliding down that. As teens with driving privileges, we extended our perimeters after school out to Terrell Park, over to the Italian restraint, downtown to a movie. One time we even tried to go to the beach, but the old station wagon gave out. We shared your good friend Judy, my sorority sister in college. As we grew older we saw each other less. We got married, had kids and settled into life, but every now and then there would be a phone call and we would catch up. Our phone calls were all day events. I never heard you complain. I wish there was a direct lin to Heaven, because I know I will think of you and pick up my phone to call with so much left to talk about and learn. I believe if we ar so loved as you are – Life was well lived.
I hope that Cliff and your sons find comfort and peace going forward (Let her sunshine warm you).

Such a Loss, too soon,

Donna Watson
8 years ago

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15. Hilda was without a doubt one of His saints. It was through and because of her testimony that I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, and I am eternally grateful for the way He used Hilda in my life. And not in mine only, but consequently in the lives of my children, grand-children, and numerous other people. God’s blessings to us are wonderful, without measure and Hilda was a wonderful blessing that He gave to me.