MILDRED ‘MILLIE’ MANDICHMILDRED ‘MILLIE’ MANDICH 94, Bovey, died peacefully on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, in Grand Village, Grand Rapids, surrounded by her family.
Mildred “Millie” Mandich, 94, Bovey, died peacefully on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, in Grand Village, Grand Rapids, surrounded by her family.
Born April 17, 1918, in Bovey, she was the daughter of Steve and Bara (Shustarich) Kovacovich. Millie attended Greenway and Lawrence Lake schools and had lived in Kinney, Lawrence Township, Coleraine, Grand Rapids, and Bovey. Millie and Dan Mandich were married on May 19, 1934, in Grand Rapids. She had worked at Hurley’s Country Store, Red Owl in Coleraine, in the Danube mine washing plant during WW II, for 35 years at Kramer’s Ben Franklin in Grand Rapids and as a cook at Dale’s Bar in Coleraine. Millie had been a member of St. Michael’s Serbian Orthodox Church of Hibbing, the circle of Serbian Sisters of Bovey, serving as president for over 30 years, was a member of the Delano, MN American Legion Auxiliary, Retail Clerks Union #1116, served as Lawrence Township clerk, was a member of the Continental Dividers Square Dance Club, and a former member of the Grand Rapids Eagles. Millie was a very caring person and did a lot for the community. She loved and enjoyed her family, loved sports, cooking for Serbian Christmas, and enjoyed gambling. Millie had loved traveling with her son, Lud, was the subject of a story called “Millie the Miner,” and had been selected as the Grand Marshal of the Farmer’s Day parade in Bovey in 2012. Millie loved to live, and lived to love. Her family and friends will miss her dearly.
Her parents, Steve and Bara Kovacovich; her husband, Dan, in 1979; sons, Mike “Mince” and Walter “Lud”; granddaughter, Debbie; sons-in-law, Earl Hoshal and Byron Powell; a brother, Peter Kovacovich; and a sister, Mary Jokinen preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughters, Dorothy Hoshal and Eileen Powell, both of Bovey; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Zorey (Steve) Rukovina of Bovey, Dorothy (Dale) Nordin of La Prairie, and Ruby Rudick of Elk River, MN; a brother, Bob (Loie) Kovacovich of Danville, CA; daughters-in-law, Louise Mandich of Bovey and Karen Mandich of Lawrence Lake; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
VISITATION: 6 to 8 p.m., with a Pomen service at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine and will continue from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, in the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. To leave an online condolence, please go to petersonfuneralchapelofcolerain.com.