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News - July 9, 2014

Obituary: Hiltgund Wickett, Atherton resident

Hiltgund Wickett died at her home in Atherton on June 4. She was 85.

Born in Vienna, Austria, in 1928, she immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1950s and attended U.C. Berkeley. Family members say she was "smitten with the Bay Area's climate and natural beauty after enduring the misery of WWII and the postwar years in Central Europe."

In 1955 she married Walton Wickett and they settled on the Peninsula. A lifelong and ardent devotee of classical music, she shared that passion with her only child, who became a professional musician.

"Her zest for life, charm, warmth and ebullient free spirit is much missed," her daughter said.

In midlife Ms. Wickett put secondary roots down in France, becoming a confirmed Francophile.

Twice widowed, she is survived by her daughter, Helene Wickett of San Mateo, and her brother, Horand Tekusch, and his family in Vienna, Austria. Services have been held.

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