Hillegiena “Hilda” Rabbers, 96 of Valparaiso, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2023.  She was born September 24, 1926 in Utrecht, Netherlands to the late Jacob and Anna Levina (Berkhoudt) Pater.  Hilda’s love of children and passion for caring for them blessed her own children and 9 foster children, all of which she and her husband adopted.  After moving to Valparaiso, she worked child care for many years at Hilltop House and was a member of the South Haven Christian Church.
On February 23, 1950 in Utrecht, Holland, Hilda married Lambert Rabbers who preceded her in death in 1996.  She is survived by their children, Roelof, Lambert, Anna Levina, Richard, Allen, Terry, Jennifer, Nick, Eric, Debbie, Scott, Emily, and Felicia; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Hilda was also preceded in death by her sons, Hank and Steve and siblings, Jacoba, Casper, Tina, Herman, and Anna Levina.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 30, 2023 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM at Moeller Funeral Home 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso, with a Funeral Service beginning at 1:00 PM.   A private burial will take place at Beverly Cemetery, Blue Island, IL.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or South Haven Christian Church.


Mom's service was perfect. She looked beautiful in her pink dress that her best friend picked out for her. The casket was a beautiful rose color, the flowers were beautiful, and all the pictures of her family and friends were amazing. I'm so happy so many people showed up for her farewell. Moeller Funeral Home did an exceptional job. She's smiling. -Mia Irizarry 

Paul and I send our condolences at this time. Learning so much about her, there were times I wanted to just crawl through the computer screen and and sit on her lap and hug her. She was a beautiful and had such a beautiful soul!! May she be at peace with her family and I am pretty sure she will always be there for all of you. -Kathleen Wray 

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