Hilda Alina Nivala, 95, of Wright, died Saturday, May 19, 2012, in Villa Vista Care Center in Cromwell.
She was born Nov. 7, 1916, in Wright to Robert and Alina Nivala. Hilda was a 1936 graduate of Cromwell High School. She graduated from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in 1940 and received her Master’s Degree in Public Health Nursing in 1956 from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Hilda worked for the Centers for Disease Control in Georgia from 1958 until retiring in 1983. After her retirement, she returned to the family homestead in Wright.
In 1941 she was appointed as a Red Cross Nurse. She decided to pursue her training into the Army Corps and was assigned to Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. Later that year she received orders and was sent to India. The Burma Theatre would take her to Burma, Ceylon, Brazil, Calcutta, and Bombay for the next five years. Her rank from 1st Lt. to Captain came fast for her, becoming supervisor in operating rooms while overseas at various hospitals.
Hilda always enjoyed her many cats. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Helen Albertson and Mary McAllister; and a brother, Robert “Gust” Nivala.
Hilda is survived by a niece, Jeanne Shepherd; nephew, Jack Albertson; and cousin, Arnold (Doris) Moodie all of California.
Graveside Service: 10:45 a.m. Thursday, May 24, 2012, in Lakeside Cemetery in Wright. Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com.
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