Hilda was born on July 20, 1921 in Brighton, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Arthur S. and Hilda M. (Catherine) Hudson. Hilda was part of a large, loving family; she was one of five sisters who were extremely close and remained best of friends throughout their life. When Hilda was five years old, she moved with her family to the “country” settling in Wilmington, where she spent most of her life.
Hilda married the late Marino Z. Crescitelli. The couple lived in Watertown and Belmont for a few years before settling back in Wilmington in 1963. Hilda and Marino had one son, Paul Crescitelli, who was the light of Hilda’s life. She was a very devoted mother and was always interested in what Paul and his neighborhood friends were involved in. Hilda’s house had an “open door” policy where all the neighborhood kids were welcomed. Hilda made time for Paul’s activities including spending time driving to all the rinks in the area to watch Paul play hockey and helping with his Boy Scout troop, where she volunteered as the Den Mother.
Hilda was an active member at the Wilmington Senior Center where she enjoyed participating in their many activities and socializing with her friends. Hilda was a charter member of the Sweet Adeline’s where she loved to sing and perform in their many concerts. Hilda used her talents as a seamstress and made beautiful costumes for the other members of the group; she was recognized for her talents by receiving the “Golden Scissor Award” ten years in a row.
Hilda was known to be a very independent woman; Hilda still drove herself around town, taking care of her own errands and visiting her beloved sister Jessie.
In her spare time, Hilda loved to read and keep up on current events.
Hilda will be remembered as a sweet and generous woman who had a special place in her heart for the U. S. Veterans. Hilda loved to “give back” to various Veterans groups and donated whatever she could to support the local troops.
Hilda was a very special lady to her family and friends; her love and devotion will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Hilda was the beloved wife of the late Marino Z. Crescitelli, devoted mother of Paul Crescitelli & his companion Kim of Wilmington, loving “Nana” of Samantha Crescitelli and Dayna Crescitelli, cherished daughter of the late Arthur S. and Hilda M.(Catherine) Hudson, dear sister of Jessie Fanjoy of Wilmington, the late Mary Brown, Emma Colgate and Ada Hudson, sister-in-law of Gloria & Wally Stewart of Watertown, the late Arthur Crescitelli, Rudy Crescitelli, Edward Crescitelli, Chris Crescitelli, Tilly & Frank Natale, Milly & Dom Mecurio and Claire Medeiros, special aunt of Joe “Buster” Brown, Billy Colgate, Winifred Larson, Arthur Colgate, Mark Colgate, Ricky Brown, Laureen Brown, Gail Kelley, Joey Colgate, Debbie Colgate, the late Ellie Colgate and the Crescitelli nieces and nephews: Dickie, Bobby, Mark, Joannie, Mickey, Jackie, Tony, Billy, Denise, Debbie, Lois, Sharon, Butch, DA (Donald Angelo), Michael, Phillip, Frankie, Doris, Jimmy, June, Shirley, Georgie, Carol, Dennis, Patty, De De, Skip, Dennis, Barry and Jeff. Hilda is also survived by her godchildren Susan McNamara, Billy Colgate and Allen McDonald as well as many dear friends.
Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, November 22nd at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Friday, November 21st from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Memorial donations in Hilda’s name may be made to Local Heroes, P.O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.