Passages: Sigrid Valdis, 72, acted in Hogan’s Heroes

Sigrid Valdis, who played Col. Klink’s sexy blond secretary on “Hogan’s Heroes” and married the show’s star, Bob Crane, has died. She was 72.

Valdis died of lung cancer Oct . 14 at her daughter Ana Sarmiento’s home in Anaheim, Calif., her son, Scotty Crane, said Friday.

“One of her last wishes in her will was that the funeral have no press, so we didn’t contact the press (when she died), to honor her wishes,” he told the Los Angeles Times.

Valdis played Hilda for five seasons on “Hogan’s Heroes,” the 1965-71 CBS situation comedy about Allied prisoners in a World War II German POW camp. She and Crane were married on the TV show’s set in 1970. Crane was found bludgeoned to death in a Scottsdale, Ariz., apartment in 1978. That murder is still unsovled.

After her son’s birth in 1971, Valdis retired from acting. But she returned to it in 1998 when she joined the cast of her son’s Seattle-originated syndicated weekly sketch comedy radio show, “Shaken, Not Stirred.”

Valdis lived in Seattle from 1980 to 2004, when she moved back to her childhood home in L.A.

Bill Hosokawa, 92, was distinguished journalist

Bill Hosokawa, a former Denver Post editor who was incarcerated in a World War II relocation camp because of his heritage and bucked the prejudice of the era to build a distinguished career as a journalist and chronicler of the Japanese-American experience, has died. He was 92.

A longtime Denver resident, Hosokawa died of natural causes Nov. 9 in Sequim, where he had moved recently to be closer to family members, said his daughter, Christie Harveson.

Hosokawa was for many years the highest-ranking Asian American journalist in the country. Hired at The Denver Post in 1946, he spent 38 years there as a reporter, editor and columnist. He later jumped to The Rocky Mountain News, where he served as ombudsman from 1985 until 1992, when he retired.

He was the author of 10 books. He also served for 25 years as Japan’s honorary consul general in Colorado.

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