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Mildred Pielow

Dec. 13, 1921-July 3, 2010

Mildred L. "Millie" Pielow, 88, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, July 3, 2010 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes.

Memorial services were held Thursday, July 8 at West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes.

Mildred Lorraine Erickson was born to Henry and Elvira Erickson on December 13, 1921 in Thief River Falls. She was the youngest of 10 siblings. As a young child the family moved to south Mpls where they owned and operated a neighborhood grocery store.

Millie graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis. After graduation she worked at a local bakery in the accounting department. She also worked as a model for Donaldson's Department Store in Minneapolis, as well as in the family grocery store.

Millie married Robert Seitz in 1944 and they had one child, Richard Seitz. Robert was killed in action during World War II, shortly after the birth of their son. Millie married Ralph Pielow Jr. in 1954, and they had two daughters and a son.

Millie continued her accounting skills with her employment at the Curtis Hotel in Minneapolis and with the Radisson Corporation, where she retired in 1984.

Millie moved to Detroit Lakes in the summer of 1996, residing at the Pleasant View Apartments. She met many good friends at Pleasant View, where she was involved with bingo, bake sales and pizza parties. She also enjoyed having card parties with her friends.

In the summer of 2009, Millie was admitted to Oak Crossing due to her illness and she passed away peacefully on July 3, under the care of the nursing staff at Oak Crossing as well as hospice.

Millie was known to others as a caring person who always had a joke everyday to tell her friends. She will be remembered for her smiling face, along with the humor she brought to everyone around her. She will be missed by many that she has touched over the past years.

Preceding Millie in death were her parents; a son, James Pielow; and nine siblings.

Surviving Millie are her son, Richard (Sharon) Seitz, of Orono, Minn.; two daughters, Cheryl Chivers (David West) of Detroit Lakes and Linda Glaser of Colorado Springs, Colo.; along with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.