Mildred M. Potratz

Mildred M. Potratz, 97, formerly of Westgate, died Monday, April 27, 2015, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the Hillcrest Home Chapel in Sumner, Iowa with Rev. Herbert Mueller, III officiating.  Interment will follow at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, Westgate. Visitation will be for one hour preceding services at the chapel on Thursday. Memorials may be made in her name to the Hillcrest Home. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner is assisting Mildred’s family.

Mildred Marie, daughter of William and Stella Bartels Oltrogge, was born July 24, 1917, at Westgate, Iowa. She received her education in the country schools near Westgate. On August 5, 1939, she was united in marriage with August H. Potratz at Whittemore, Iowa. The couple made their home in Westgate and enjoyed fishing and traveling. They made yearly trips to Canada and spent time at the Mississippi where they owned a trailer for many years. Mildred drove school bus for West Central Schools for over twenty years, and volunteered often at the Hillcrest Home for the past several years. She was a longtime member of St. Peter Lutheran Church at Westgate.

Mildred is survived by one daughter, Sandra Flanagan of Lunenburg, Massachusetts; three grandchildren;  five great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, who died January 24, 1986, and two sisters, Ella Schultz and Florence Capps.


Linda (EDE) Hiemstra on April 29, 2015 at 2:15 PM said:

Millie was one of a kind with a heart of gold. She always had a smile on her face anytime that I seen her and always made me feel like she was happy to see me.

I especially appreciate the close relationship that my Mom and Millie had. They were the best of friends and did a lot of things together in their younger years.
Mom had a wonderful sense of piece come over her when visiting Millie last week when Millie asked Mom for a kiss on the cheek when she left. Mom was fairly certain she wouldn't see her alive again.
Deanna Boedeker on April 29, 2015 at 9:50 AM said:

As we go through life we meet and associate with others who will sometimes indelibly imprint their goodness, fairness and love into some of our favorite memories. Your Mother was for me one of those people, I assume as such, for many others also.

Sandy, Please know that in this hour of need, our hand of comfort is spiritually in yours.
Carolee Arthur Risse on April 29, 2015 at 9:26 AM said:

Hi Sandy! Haven't lived in Westgate for a long time, but used to see your mom before I retired from the Hospital in Sumner. So sorry for your loss. She will be missed by many friends! Used to enjoy your visits to her with your little ones.
Ron Kappmeyer on April 29, 2015 at 8:07 AM said:

Sandy, I was sorry to see your mother passed away but happy to be able to hopefully get a message to one of my.very favorite people. Often wondered about you and where you were at. If you would like you can contact me at Warm regards.

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