Mildred Draheim, 87, of Wells

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 15, 2006

Mildred L. Draheim, age 87, of Wells, died Saturday, May 13, 2006, at her home in Wells. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, at at the United Methodist Church in Wells. The Rev. Art Keith will officiate. Burial will be in Rice Lake Cemetery in Foster Township, Faribault County. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells and one hour prior to services at the church.

Mildred Luella Draheim was born on Oct. 30, 1918, to Will and Ida (Steinhauer) Sens, in rural Bricelyn. She attended rural school and graduated from Wells High School in 1936. She graduated from Wells Teachers training in 1938 and taught rural school for three years.

On June 28, 1941, she married Verlin Draheim. They lived in Koochiching County, Mizpah, Minn. until 1945 when they moved back to rural Bricelyn where they farmed. Mildred was a local, district, and conference officer of the United Methodist Women. She was a Bible study guide in Mesa, Ariz. where they spent 29 winters. Mildred was also Secretary of Faribault County Historical Society, Sunday school teacher, 4-H leader and County president of Farm Bureau Women. She loved traveling, gardening, quilting, painting and writing poetry. In 1995 they moved to Wells where she was a member of the United Methodist Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Koreen and her husband Clarence Anderson of Cherokee, Iowa; one son, Vernell and his wife Carol Draheim of Bricelyn; six grandchildren: Craig Anderson and wife Roxann of LeMars, Iowa, Cheri and husband Chris Beyer of Sioux Falls, S.D., Vance Draheim and wife Erica of Cottage Grove, Kim and husband David Groner of Cashmere, Wash.; Cathy Anderson of Golden Valley; and Caryn and husband Pat Mithun of Bricelyn; six great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; one sister-in-law: Dona Sens of Bricelyn; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, brothers: Melvin and Harold Sens, and one grandson: Curtis Anderson.