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Mildred A. Thiesse

Mildred A. Thiesse, age 97, resident of Brainerd, entered into the arms of the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Essentia-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. She was born Oct. 10, 1915, in Sauk Centre, Minn., to Herman and Ethelyn (Allen) LeSuer.

As a young adult she worked for Anderson’s Grocery Store in NE Brainerd where she met and married the milkman, Kermit Thiesse. They were married on Oct. 23, 1945, in Brainerd; together they raised three children. Mildred spent her years as a homemaker and farmer’s wife in Oak Lawn Township. During her husband’s illness in 1965 to 1977 she worked for Dr. Paul K. Hendricks as the secretary for First Presbyterian Church. She retired in 1977. Mildred’s life was filled with teaching Sunday school, music and volunteering. She spent many years as a volunteer at Good Samaritan Society-Bethany.

Mildred is survived by two daughters, Ethelyn (Paul) Gadway, Sauk Rapids, and Patricia (Joseph) Harrison, Brainerd; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kermit; and son, Frederick.

Services will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church in Brainerd. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the church. Private burial will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Brainerd.

The family requests no flowers be given. Memorials may be given to First Presbyterian Church.

Nelson-Doran Funeral Home and Crematory, Brainerd