Dorothy Hidler


Dorothy (Geer) Hidler of Chester and formerly of Rockfall and Middletown, Conn., died on Monday, June 23, at Chesterfield Nursing Home in Chester. She was 88. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, William E. Hidler.

Dorothy was born in Providence, R.I., the youngest daughter of the late George and Vivian (Staples) Geer. A graduate of Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Pawtucket, R.I., Dorothy was, until her retirement, a registered nurse at Middlesex Hospital, primarily working in the obstetrical department. She was a member of the Memorial Hospital Nurses Alumni Class of 1947. As a girl Dorothy studied voice at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and she sang in the soprano section of the Greater Middletown Chorale for many years. Dorothy was a communicant at Holy Trinity Church in Middletown and choir member for several years.

Dorothy is survived by her daughters Susan Wilson of Oak Bluffs and Joyce Rae Hidler of Deep River, Conn., and their husbands, David Wilson and Nicholas Incerti; her sister, Vivian “Marjorie” Thayer of Providence, R.I.; granddaughters Elizabeth Wilson Deren of Milton and Alison Wilson of Amherst and grandson-in-law Kevin Deren. She is also survived by three great grandchildren, Claire, Will, and Rocco; her nieces Lyndsey Wells and Deborah Thayer of Providence and nephew-in-law Robert Wells. She is also survived by her great niece and nephew, Katy and Alan Wells and cousins Rae Keaney and her family, and Stanley Geer and his, both of Florida.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 9, at 11 am at All Saints Church in Providence R.I. Following a gathering, burial will be at Swan Point Cemetery.

Those who wish may send memorial contributions in Dorothy’s memory to Middlesex Hospital, c/o Dept. of Philanthropy, 28 Crescent St., Middletown, CT 06457 or Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, c/o Fund Development Office, 111 Brewster St., Pawtucket, RI 02860-4499.

Biega Funeral Home in Middletown, Conn., has care of the arrangements. To share memories or express condolences online, visit