Hildegard Ciabattoni

Hildegard Ciabattoni

January 3, 1933 November 27, 2020

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Obituary for Hildegard Trompetter Ciabattoni (Trompetter)

Hildegard (Trompetter) Ciabattoni, 87, passed away on November 27, 2020 in her home surrounded by family. Hilda was born on January 3, 1933 in West Reading, PA to Agnes (Oberhauser) and Paul Trompetter. She graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1950 and went on to earn her college degree in Dietetics from St Mary of the Woods, Indiana. She was the first woman in her family to graduate from a College. She went on to complete a dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital before beginning her lifelong career as a registered dietitian.

In 1956 she married James Ciabattoni, the love of her life, and they went on to have a “barnful of children”. She inherited her mother’s wanderlust and began their married life with a military tour in Tokyo, Japan where they started their family. She continued that love of travel all throughout her life. Hilda is survived by daughter Sondra C. Romano, of West Reading, daughter, Jamie A., wife of Dr. Thomas Koch, of Macungie, PA, son, Dr. Frederick J., husband of Barbara Kase, of Wyomissing, daughter Christa L., wife of Michael Kingsley, of Chicago, IL, daughter, Marga A., wife of James Pirozzoli, of Arlington, VA. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. James J. Ciabattoni, her parents, Agnes and Paul Trompetter, her Stepmother, Josephine (Strasser) Trompetter, and her brother and his wife, Walter and Naomi Trompetter.

Hilda was very active with her family, her community, her parish and her career. Her dedication to her family involved celebrating every holiday with vigor, never missing an opportunity to throw a party. Hilda was perhaps most famous for her Easter Egg and scavenger hunts. She relished every day and would begin the morning by sending a daily picture of the sunrise to her family. In support of her husband’s career, she served as an officer for the Dental Alliance to the PA Dental Association. She was lifelong member of the American Dietetic Association. Hilda had an enduring and active commitment to her lifetime parish, Sacred Heart of West Reading. Hilda served as a Eucharistic Minister for the parish as well as starting the bereavement ministry following the loss of her husband. She was always concerned about the well-being of the aging which was a natural extension of her career with the Berks County Office of Aging. She also initiated transportation for the homebound to Mass and to doctor appointments.

A private funeral Mass is scheduled for Friday and a full celebration of Life will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Hilda’s memory either to the “Sacred Heart Catholic Education Endowment Fund” and send to: Attention Kate Banta, P.O. Box 6217, Reading, PA, 19610, or send contributions to her alma mater Saint Mary of the Woods, contact Andre Swick in the Office of Advancement at 812-535-5270. Condolences may be expressed at

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    Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
    740 Cherry Street
    West Reading, PA
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    Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. DeSantis
  • Interment

    Gethsemane Mausoleum
    3139 Kutztown Road
    Laureldale, PA
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Carol Beeley and Craig, Lori, Meredith and Brock sent flowers to the family of Hildegard Trompetter Ciabattoni (Trompetter).
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Carol Beeley and Craig, Lori, Meredith and Brock sent flowers to the family of Hildegard Trompetter Ciabattoni (Trompetter).
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Rebecca Steltz

Fred and Barb,
I just found out about the loss of your mom. I am so's so hard to lose a parent and you had two of the best! Hoping your wonderful memories of her will help you get through this time and days to come. Sending prayers and love, Becky Styer Steltz
Comment | Posted at 06:26pm via Condolence

Kathleen Del Corso

Greg and Kathy Del Corso
Our deepest sympathy on the death of your Mom.
Comment | Posted at 09:35pm via Condolence

Sandy Graffius

Clair Graffius and I (Sandy) were friends with your Mom and Dad for more years than I can remember. we attended some of her greatest parties. Hildie and I stayed friends through the Christmas card list yearly. I feel for your pain and will relive pleasant memories. Sandy Graffius
Comment | Posted at 12:36pm via Condolence

Susan Goodwin

Hilda was my Aunt (Sophie’s) best friend. I had dinner at The Highlands many times with them. We shared stories about doctors we both knew. She was such a great women. A fond memory...was one Sunday, Hilda drove with Sophie to my house from the Highlands. They were like 2 “school girls” laughing and just being silly. They had gotten lost getting here. (I am about 2 miles away). After visiting awhile, I gave her about 2 gal. gas from our garage container, so they could get back. They laughed all the way out of my driveway.. I’ll never forget how happy they both were. Love and sympathy to your family. Sue Goodwin
Comment | Posted at 11:29am via Condolence

Stanley Furrow Furrow

We met Hilda at the Highlands fitness center years ago, when she came early in the morning (~5AM) for exercises and swimming. Due to various complications, she was unable to continue, but we remained friends ever since. We were saddened to hear of her passing. She was always good company.
Grete and Stan Furrow
Comment | Posted at 08:45am via Condolence

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