Anna Wilderman

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Anna M. Wilderman, nee Smith, 87, a longtime resident of Hecker, IL, passed quietly from this life on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. At the time of her death, she was a resident of the Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

Anna was born on October 30, 1931, in Herring Neck, Newfoundland, Canada, to William and Mary Smith. On August 15, 1951, Anna married Harold Wilderman of New Athens, IL, who was stationed in Newfoundland at that time. Upon Harold’s retirement from the Air Force in 1971, they returned to this area residing in Hecker, IL.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold E. Wilderman, who passed away on September 28, 2008; her parents, William P. and Mary A., nee Murphy, Smith; three brothers, Columbus Smith, William Smith, and Mark Smith; and two brothers-in-law, Gerry Walsh and Frank DeMasi.

Surviving are her children, Pamela (Steven) Woodward,
and Mark Wilderman, (Major USAF Ret.);
two grandchildren, Christian Woodward and Jordan (Abby) Woodward;
two great-grandchildren, Adrik and Brekin Woodward;
two brothers, John (Anne) Smith and George (Vivian) Smith,
three sisters, Adelia Walsh, Gertrude DeMasi,
and Dorothy (Camie) Vidal;
two sisters-in-law, Audrey Smith and Wynann Smith;
as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Freeburg Care Center for the wonderful care provided to Anna during her four year stay at the facility.

Memorials may be made to The Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy, 300 N. 60th Street, Belleville, IL, 62223, or to the Restorative Nursing Dept., Freeburg Care Center, 746 Urbanna Drive, Freeburg, IL, 62223. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Per Anna’s request, no visitation will be held. Private family funeral services will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.



2 Comments on Anna Wilderman

Diane Heyde said : Guest Report Jun 12, 2019 at 3:01 PM

Anna was one of my favorite people when I was a bank teller in Smithton. I thought of her often. I am sorry for your loss. Diane Heyde

  • Smithton
  • IL
Robert Davis said : Guest Report Jun 11, 2019 at 8:51 PM

Mark and the whole family, I offer my sympathy and prayers. Mark was so helpful in adding to my mother’s genealogy of the Wilderman family.

  • Ontario
  • New York

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