Mildred Herda

Mildred Louise (Howard) Herda, 88, Kongsberg, ND, passed away December 1st 2017, surrounded by family in Trinity Hospital.

Mildred Howard was born on December 18, 1928, on a farm called the Broder place in rural McHenry County, North Dakota to Ernest L. & Caroline (Schmidt) Howard-Bluhm.  She was reared on the family homestead and attended rural one-room schoolhouses. She always claimed she went from the 1st Grade to the 3rd grade in one year! She did work for area farmers and housewives – helping with crops and childcare, laundry, baking, cleaning, gardening, etc. Times were tough in those days…she claimed she worked one whole summer for a local farmer and ended up with a comb and a rooster (and it was too tough to eat!). 

She met the love of her life Raymond Herda, while roller skating at Strawberry Lake in McLean County. Raymond  and Mildred were married February 2, 1947, at the parsonage in Kongsberg, ND. Raymond bought the license and Mildred paid the preacher! They farmed on the Herda family farm South of Kongsberg all their life. They raised many animals (cattle, sheep, pigs) chickens (sold eggs for groceries in Butte) – even turkeys to sell to the Minot grocery stores, along with grain farming and hay-making. Five children were the result of this union: Sheryl, Ronald, Gail, Connie, and Brenda. Raymond and Mildred were married for 59 years…Ray passed away in February, 2006.

Mildred had the biggest heart and was always willing to lend a helping hand. She mowed the cemeteries for both Kongsberg & Ruso for many years. She could mow and rake hay, milk the cows, butcher chickens, can the vegetables, and still have supper on the table (or out in the field). She was known throughout the country for her famous caramel rolls and homemade bread. Milly-(the Hillbilly-as she called herself) loved to go barefoot – said when they were kids they went barefoot all summer and got a new pair of shoes in the fall for school. Mildred was a life-long member of St. John Lutheran Church in Kongsberg - where she served many years as Secretary-Treasurer for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. She spent many years saving ‘Mites for Missions’.

Mildred and Raymond’s loving family includes: son-In-Law: LaVerne Anderson Voltaire, ND; son: Ronald Herda, Hume, MO; daughters, Gail (Daniel) Berg, Connie (John) Plesuk, and Brenda (Steve) Nush – all of Minot, ND; grandchildren: Earl Anderson, Voltaire, Tina (Gerald) Gordon, Carlisle PA, Neil (Jen) Anderson, Minnesota, Ronald (Ashlie) Herda, Taberville, MO, & Ryan (Kylie) Herda, Hume, MO, Jennifer Berg, Casper, WY, Kerri (Cory) Mattern, Chelsea (Derek) Brown, Minot, ND, Sara Plesuk, Bellevue, NE, Eva (Shawn) Biddinger, Minot, ND, John Plesuk, Sacramento CA, John Nush, Jessica (Matt Holtz) Nush Minot, ND; To count 21 great-grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren; sister: Carol (Richard) Cogdill, Des Lacs, ND; brother: Arnold (Leona) Howard, Rapid City, SD; sisters-in-law: Gladys Howard, Velva, ND, Verna Howard, Garrison, ND and Beverly Howard, Derby, KS.

   Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond; daughter, Sheryl (LaVerne) Anderson; grandson, Steven Berg; brothers: Leslie, Harold, and Everett Howard, and sister, Frieda Purdue.  

 

Funeral Service: 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 313 Main St, Max, ND.

Interment: St. John Cemetery, Kongsberg, ND
Visitation: Monday, December 4, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Thomas Family Funeral Home.
Memorials are preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kongsberg, ND, or to an organization of the donor’s choice.


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MessageI am so sorry to hear about Millie's passing-I so loved visiting them on the farm and spending time with her and Raymond, gathering eggs and helping milk the cows. I feel blessed to have been able to take her brother Arnold and visit her in the last few years-she was a wonderful lady and will be sorely missed.
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MessageSo sorry to hear about Millie. She will be truly missed. I have so many wonderful memories of her. We would come with Mom frequently to visit Millie and Raymond. I remember sitting around her kitchen table visiting, going out to the barn, and playing with the cats. She was my Bible School teacher one year, too! I remember when growing up that Mom and Millie would talk together on the phone quite often. - Amy (daughter of Gladys)
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MessageI will miss Millie as she and I were close. We would talk multiple times during the week for many years. I would bring the girls over at milking time so they could watch and "help". We would share recipes, talk gardening, pick juneberries, and all things in between. I really wanted to attend the funeral but sadly wasn't able to since I no longer drive. - Gladys
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MessageI was sorry to hear about your loss and wish you many happy memories of your Mom and Grandma. I loved the obituary you wrote as it spoke to my heart and made me picture Aunt Millie and our times together. She was a dynamo and always stopped whatever she was doing to answer or help with whatever I was doing. Loved picking raspberries and strawberries and loved the WHOLE milk and raspberry syrup on ice cream. She will be missed!! What a wonderful life she had and made ours all the better. Love - Rick and Shelly Wick
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MessageMy deepest condolences for the loss of Millie - I am not able to drive any longer and have moved in with my daughter Shelly in Rapid City SD; therefore, I will not be attending the funeral but know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. I remember helping to feed the cattle on the farm and was living with Ray and Millie when they had their first child. I will miss seeing her and having a meal that she cooked as she was an excellent cook. Love Uncle Arnold Howard
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MessageSorry to hear of Mildred's passing. She wasmy late wife's second cousin and a neighbor for many years. They had many long phone conversations together.
God's blessings to the family
Don Wunderlich
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MessageMy sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one.   Find strength and comfort from God.  At  2 Corinthians  1:3, 4  it describes God as "the God of all comfort who comfort us in all our trials".  This promise assures the family that by turning to God you can receive help during this difficult time.  The  bible also promises that soon death will be no more Revelation 21:3, 4  and the hope of a resurrection John 5:28, 29.
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MessageMay our precious Lord Jesus comfort you in your loss. I remember so may of the early growing up days in Kongsberg and being part of St Johns community of saints. Mildred and Raymond were such an important part of the ministry of the congregation.
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Messageso sorry to have learned of your Mom's passing.
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MessageI have so many warm, happy memories of Millie. She was always so welcoming when we would come to visit whether we came with our parents or took a hike over the hill to go visit them at which she would giggle and shake her head (because it was quite a long hike in the heated summer), give us kool-aid and call our parents to come get us. Sweet, sweet lady. She is resting in Peace.
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MessageSorry to hear of Millie's passing. She was a very nice lady. Mom and her enjoyed their times together. Thinking of you all.

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