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Hildegard J. Pearl

November 23, 2014

St. Marys—Hildegard J. Pearl, 80, passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka.


She was born October 18, 1934 at Marysville, the daughter of Arnold and Emma Kampers Taphorn.  Hildegard graduated from Marysville High School.


She moved to Topeka after graduation where she worked for Santa Fe Railroad.  She was a homemaker and farm bookkeeper for over 2 decades. She also worked outside of the home and retired from Silver Lake Bank.  She enjoyed family gatherings and attending her grandchildren’s activities the most.  Hildegard was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the St. Marys Literary Club and had been president of both organizations.  She had been a member of a Catholic bowling league in Topeka.


Mrs. Pearl was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Gregory Taphorn; a son Johnny and a godson Steve Lampe.


On April 12, 1958 she was united in marriage to Gerald T. “Jerry” Pearl at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in Marysville,  after they met through the CYO.  He survives of the home.


Other survivors include eight daughters, Colleen (Jim Meyer) Monhollon, Rossville, Cathy Pearl, Manhattan, Christy (Dave) Ronsse, St. Marys, Gerry Lou (Dan) Marstall, St. Marys, Mary (James) Wurtz, Paxico, Ginger (Jerry) Flach, Paxico, Angie Leuthold, Wamego and Michelle (Ryan) Martin, St. Marys; three sisters, Annie Nemec, Topeka, Thelma Haefner, Berryton and Elsie Lampe, Parkville, MO; four brothers, Eddie  and Francis Taphorn both of Marysville, Robert Taphorn, Pekin, IL, and Jimmy Taphorn, Beattie; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren with one on the way.


Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys.

Hildegard will lie in state on Friday, November 28, 2014 at the church after 4:00 P.M. where there will be a rosary recited at 7:00 P.M.


Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church Step Renovation Project or to the charity of the donor’s choice and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536.

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29 thoughts on “Hildegard J. Pearl

  1. Colleen and Mary – We are so sorry for the loss of your mother. We are praying for peace in your heart and may your memories of your sweet mother comfort you.

  2. To Mary and the Pearl families,
    So sorry to hear about the passing of your mom! Sending prayers for all of you!
    Kelly Ellis Krueger

  3. So sad to hear of Hildegard’s passing. She was a wonderful gift to this world. God’s peace to her and His strength to her family.

  4. Hildegard’s great smile and wonderful presence will be greatly missed at Gage Bowl. We enjoyed her friendship for many years and are shocked by her passing. We grieve with Anne and extend our deepest sympathy.

  5. Dear Jerry and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your great loss of Hildegard. Just found out today when talking to a friend that came to visit from Texas. She was an amazing lady. Joe always loved having her as his ‘dispatcher’ while driving truck for you. We had seen Gerry Lou at Stormont-Vail when our newest little one was there for 10 days and I commented on how good she looks and hope we look 1/2 as pretty as Hildegard was at 80. Thank you for all that you did for our family. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love and prayers,
    Joe and Deanna Gaumer and Family

  6. Jerry and family,
    Sad to learn of Hildegarde’s passing and our hearts go out to you. Such a great lady. She will be missed and remembered fondly. Sincere condolences, Marilyn and John.

  7. Jerry and family
    Bill and I are so sorry for your loss. Hildegard was such a kin lady with a smile for everyone. May your memories bring you comfort.
    Bill and Janet Rafferty

  8. Jerry and Girls, we are so sorry to hear of Hidlegarde’s passing. I have such wonderful memories of baby sitting six of you girls and how warm and such good neighbors you all have been to my mother and father, Bill and Dorothy Becker. God Bless you all

  9. Jerry & Family

    You are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. We feel blessed that we had the opportunity to know Hildegard, and to have visited with her just a few weeks back. We will always remember the great times at the card table, and the many Saturday night late dinners.

  10. I am so sorry to the family for the loss of such a great caring woman. I loved spending time with Aunt Hildegard when I spent summers with Grandma when I was younger. Some of the best times was being over at her house playing poker with the grown ups as a child. Rest in peace!

  11. Uncle Jerry, Colleen, Cathy, Christy, Gerry Lou, Mary, Ginger, Angie, Michelle and extended family,
    Our deepest sympathy and condolences are with all of you during this difficult time. We are so saddened to hear of Aunt Hildegard’s sudden passing.
    I will fondly cherish memory of recent visit in June with Aunt Hildegard (my Godmother) while in Shawnee, OK at the Potawatomi Family Reunion. I feel so fortunate and blessed that we had this opportunity for one more visit.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family in St Mary’s during this difficult time.
    We send all our love,
    Meghan and Mike Musko

  12. Sadly missed by all and never forgotten by any. Our prayers are with the family. A wonderful & loving person. Sincerely. Dan & Linda Perry

  13. Dear Jerry and all the Pearl Girls,
    We are so sad and sorry to hear of Hildegard’s passing. She was a wonderful woman with a comforting and heartfelt smile. May she rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all not only now but forever.

  14. Michelle & family,
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Mother. We send our deepest condolences to you and to your family. Please be strong in these tough moments of your life and cherish the happy memories you had with your Mother. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Carroll & Cindy Carley

  15. Lynne & I both hold a special place in our hearts for Hildegard and our thoughts and prayers are with Jerry and the family.

    Burney & Lynne Van Stone

  16. Jerry, Colleen, Cathy, Christy, Gerry Lou, Mary, Ginger, Angie, Michelle, and family:

    All of us in Florida are thinking of all of you. We are sending those thoughts and prayers your way during this sad time. Hildegard was such an awesome lady and always made us feel so welcome. (Just like family!) I know you’ll be there for each other. With much love from your cousins, Kelley, Shannon, Erin, Sean, Pat, Beth, Sheila, David, Caitlin, Collin, Kathryn, Emma and family.

  17. Dear Gerry and girls – Colleen, Cathy, Christy, Gerry Lou, Mary, Ginger, Angie, Michelle and spouses, grandkids & great-grands:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Hildegard was such a great lady! And she was so proud of her family.
    Gerry, old neighbors may move on, but we don’t disappear from each others hearts. Thank you, thank you for the bond we have shared all these years. Take care!
    And Wurtz family – special thoughts to you from us and Megan & Kurt as well.
    You are all in our prayers during this difficult time.
    Patty (Becker) & Lee McQueen
    Kurt McQueen
    Megan McQueen

  18. Pearl Family,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy in your loss. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days to come. May she Rest in Peace.

  19. So sorry to hear of the passing of such a sweet lady. I know she was a wonderful wife & mother and will be missed by you all. She will also be missed by her many friends. Our sympathy to all of your family.

  20. I am so sorry to hear of Hildegard’s passing. May your memories of her lift your hearts at this sad time. Prayers and sympathy to all your family.
    Anne Willcoxon

  21. My sympathy to the Pearl family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Hildegard was a delightful person. My memories of her go back to the years I attended Immaculate Conception Church.

  22. Jerry and family- Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May your memories comfort you and your family bonds give you strength when you are weak. We will never forget her warm smile. Wendy, Ty, Allie and Jayla Johnson

  23. Jerry and family, We are sorry to hear about Hildegard’s passing. What a sweet lady. May God hold her and your family in the palm of his hand.

    Denny and Cathy Clayton

  24. Dear Uncle Jerry and my lovely dear cousins and family’s, Our heartfelt condolences to you all. Have fond memories of Aunt Hildegard. Very kind and patient and loving person. Wonderful woman. Her smile will always be with us! Love Maureen and Mousa

  25. Dear Jerry, Colleen, Cathy, Christy, Gerry Lou, Mary, Ginger, Angie, Michelle and families,

    I am so saddened to hear of Hildegard’s passing. She was a true blessing to all who knew her. Some of my earliest memories are of going to the Pearls to play with the girls while mom and Hilda gabbed in the kitchen. You are all in our thoughts and may your many memories help you through this difficult time.

    Dale, Shelly, Ezra and Eliza Rezac

  26. Dear Jerry and family,
    We are so stunned to hear of Hildegard’s passing. We still remember your Wedding day. Our sympathy , love, & prayers for all your family. Our hearts go out to you.
    Joe & Pauline Conley

  27. Jerry and family, I am so sorry to hear of Hildegard’s passing. She was always a wonderful neighbor. She will be very sadly missed in the community.
    We will remember her and her family in our prayers.
    Irina and I offer our condolences.

    Bob JR. and Irina Hoferer

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