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Mildred "Millie" Amanda (Schultz) Dreher

June 18, 1929 ~ February 2, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old

Mildred "Millie" Dreher Obituary

Mildred Dreher, 94 year old, of Alexandria, formerly Long Prairie, passed away peacefully at the Knute Nelson Home on Friday, February 2, 2024.

 

A funeral service in her honor will take place on Friday, February 9, 2024, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Prairie at 11:00 AM with Pastor Matt Lorenz officiating. Visitation will take place at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will immediately follow at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Long Prairie.  

 

Mildred Schultz was the youngest of 4 children, born at home on June 18, 1929, on a 120 acre homestead, located in Bruce Township, Todd Cty MN to Emil & Bertha (Klaproth)Schultz. Her depression era childhood consisted of farm chores, herding sheep, gardening, harvesting & preserving food, all which led to the development of a strong work ethic. Millie was educated through 6th grade in a one room country schoolhouse, District 31, with German being her primary language, making learning very challenging for her. Millie completed 7-8th grades at Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Prairie where she had been baptized & confirmed in the Lutheran Faith.

    At the age of 16, Millie moved into an uptown apartment in Long Prairie with her older sister Elsie & her friend, Esther Hoffman (Super). She secured employment at the LP Produce, Beach’s Grocery & the local “Dime Store”. In 1946, she secured FT employment at Hart Press & worked there until 1968, after which she became a FT employee at 3M in Alexandria MN, until her retirement in 1991. 

Millie notated in her diary on May 26, 1946, “the railroad strike is on & LP Produce is closed up.” On June 8, 1946, the 3 young roommates traveled on a “rough & rackety” train from Sauk Centre to Riding Mountain, Manitoba, Canada to visit maternal uncles. Millie described being sore from walking 4.5 miles to town on “pig trails as roads.” On a rough truck ride to Mossbank Saskatchewan she journaled the “road was so rough it shook Esther’s comb out of her hair”. One might glean from her journaling, that Todd Cty had better roads in 1946 than Canada. 

    In Nov 1947, Mildred met Ruben Dreher at the Round Prairie Dance Hall, which led to her Sept 1948 marriage. During the course of their 52 yr marriage she was a helpmate to Ruben in his farming & handyman endeavors.  In 1968, they moved from LP & made their home on a small crop farm located north of Nelson MN. Together, they enjoyed annual vacations throughout the US & Mexico.

In 1972, Millie’s life was forever altered when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, followed by Ruben’s 1978 diagnosis of lymphoma. This led her to become a nutritional guru. Henceforth, she used her prolific gardening, preserving & cooking skills to combat illness. Her impeccable gardens were admirable! She willingly shared her vast repertoire of knowledge with anyone who sought to learn. 

    Millie was a prolific reader & from all appearances she could not read a newspaper/ magazine recipe without cutting it out. She leaves behind large totes of untried recipes, none of which are organized!  Millie was a fabulous cook so all looked forward to eating her dressing on Thanksgiving Day. Regrettably, she consistently prepared 8 servings of dressing for 25 guests! Guests who knew of her tasty dressing discreetly tried to be in the front of the serving line. 

    In addition to reading, Millie enjoyed knitting. Many people were recipients of her hand knitted slippers, hats & scarves. 

    Millie was a “Rock Star Aunt”, consistently loving & doting on her 13 nieces & nephews. She loved us like we were her own. The “grands” were equally doted upon as I suspect all children were that she had the joy of knowing. Her Bible is filled with notations of all family births & deaths. Her treasured dogs were a constant source of joy in her life, treating them as her children. In her later years,  all her dogs were named Mitzi- it was just easier that way. 

    Throughout her long life, Millie maintained a deep loving bond with her older sister, Elsie. They brought tremendous joy into each other’s lives. Back in the day, they always spoke German to one another on the “old party lines”. In widowhood, they enjoyed national travels together orchestrated by her niece, Kim Keller. They were each other’s best friends forever.

    Millie was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria MN. Through out her life, Millie read God’s word & obeyed his commands. We know God has her in his keeping. 

    Millie entered into LTC at Knute Nelson in March 2020 & died under the tender care of hospice staff on Feb 2, 2024. 

    Millie’s extended family is deeply appreciative for the assistance Millie received from her friends Kevin & Judy Powers, Ron & Marge Sax & others who assisted her in maintaining her homestead & spirit for nearly 20 years after Ruben’s death. 

Over the years, Millie was treasured by many caring friends. You brought sparkle to her life. Thank You! 

     Millie was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 2001, her brothers, Ray(Maxine), Harold(Daisy), sister, Elsie (Wendelin) Keller, niece, Gelene Schultz Rohr & nephew, Lewellyn Keller. In laws, Vida Dreher &  Elda (LaVerne) Ehnes., Fun memories will be held in the hearts of 11 nieces & nephews: John Schultz & his sister, Jane Schultz Hanson; Tim Keller & his siblings, Karen Keller Hudalla, Russell Keller & Kim Keller; Sandy Schultz Ducharme & her siblings, Cindy Schultz Petersen & Duane Schultz; Greg Ehnes & his sister Debbie Ehnes Houp. 

    Our lives were all enriched by the love of our Aunt Millie. Every little kid needs an Aunt Millie in their life!  RIP Sweet Aunt Millie. We will always love you.  

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Services

Visitation
Friday
February 9, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church (Long Prairie)

Funeral Service
Friday
February 9, 2024

11:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church (Long Prairie)

Interment following funeral service
Friday
February 9, 2024

Trinity Lutheran Cemetery
508 7th Street Northeast
Long Prairie, MN 56347

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