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.