Hildegarde Schenk Peterson, age 88, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2019 at home with her daughter in Branford. She was a lifetime resident of Hamden. Hilda was born in New Haven March 6, 1930 to the late Edward and Rosina Marie (Korn) Schenk. She attended area schools and was a graduate of Hamden High School. She retired from the Arden House after many years of employment. Hilda was a longtime member of Christ Lutheran Church and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Mix District Volunteer Fire Department #7. Hilda was an avid sports fan, UCONN Huskies Women's Basketball being her favorite. She enjoyed watching westerns and Hallmark movies, shopping, tending to her flower garden, taking drives, bowling, frequenting her favorite restaurants, and the companionship of the family dog Brody. Hilda is survived by her sister, Elaine (Harry) Richetelle of Hamden, her children and grandchildren, Heidi Peterson and her children, Matthew and Karissa Ceniccola, Karen Peterson Gallo and her daughter Emma Gallo, Eric (Gina) Peterson and his son Christopher Peterson, and Robert E. Peterson, Jr. She also leaves her great-granddaughter Kendall Kaminsky, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two grandchildren, Derek Robert and Tara Marie Peterson. Her daughter would like to express sincere gratitude for the many aids, nurses, and caregivers from CT Hospice, especially Jualeia Blue, and the many friends that were there for Hilda throughout her journey. A celebration of Hilda's life will take place at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, on Wednesday, March 6th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friends are invited to visit with her family at this time. Interment will be private. Gifts in Hilda's memory may be made to the Ronald McDonald House at www.rmhc.org or to Connecticut Hospice at 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.

View current weather.

Memories Timeline

View the Timeline


  1. Heidi, Karen, Bobby and Eric (and Families) I am so sorry for your great loss. I will always remember Hilde’s great smile and the fun we had several years ago. Heidi, you were wonderful to your Mom, taking such good care of her with love. I was glad to be able to see her last year and spend some time with her. May she RIP, no more pain. With Friendship and Deep Sympathy. Love, Cheryl

  2. Heidi, my sincerest condolences to you, Matthew, and Karissa. Your Mom will be truly missed. She was so lucky to call you her daughter. The level of care she received from you was one of the greatest gifts of love you could have given her. Hold on to all of your wonderful memories…she will always be by your side

  3. Hilda Bird, so many memories. Thank you for always being first to greet us Schrader boys when we walked into a family party. You always had the genuine smile that made me feel at ease with all those loud voices in the room….lol! Love you God bless.

  4. Heidi, can’t say enough about the strength, courage and care you have provide for your mother during her journey of life. The commitment you and your children have given to your mom is just words beyond. Your positive and willingness kept your mom going right to the very end. I feel very blessed to have known such a remarkable woman…..HILDA! Blessing to you and your family Chrissy

  5. Heidi,
    So sorry to hear about your mom.
    I have so many fond memories of her when we were bowling.
    I would often sit and eat with her at the counter at Townhouse.
    She was the best.
    Sending hugs
    Linda Guerra

  6. To the entire Peterson Family – my thoughts and prayers are with you. Your mom was such a lovely person and she’ll be missed!
    Mary Nolan Foster

  7. To the Peterson Family- Sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Ken and Nancy Mahoney

  8. To the Peterson family/heartfelt condolences. May your mother rest in peace. Edw. and Nancy Simonelli.

  9. Eric and family, we are so sorry for your loss of your mother. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Take care. Gene and Bonnie Amato, Richard (Red) Sorbo

  10. To Eric and family, We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Louise and Larry

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

Sign the Guestbook