FARMINGTON — Our loving mother, Mildred M. Mickeriz, 87, of Rumford, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 7, at the Sandy River Center.
Millie, as she preferred to be called, was born in Rumford on Oct. 16, 1925, to Norbert and Hannah Richard. She attended St. John’s School and Stephen’s High School. She was a lifelong communicant of St. Athanasius and St. John’s Church.
Millie married Steve C. Mickeriz, on Sept. 6, 1944, at St. John’s Church.
Millie worked at Grants, the Oxford paper mill, the bowling alley and Diamond International. Her hobbies throughout her life were sewing, knitting, bowling and her love of card playing. She always seemed to be in a weekly card group with her friends, and they brought her much joy.
She loved and enjoyed her children and grandchildren very much and supported her family in all things. She was always there for them and loved family traditions, like the gathering at her home for Christmas and having the traditional “meat pies,” which everyone loved.
When her life took a turn for the worse and she became homebound, her burdens were greatly relieved by her many friends, especially her good friend, June Moore, who was not only a friend but a companion and housekeeper to her. Millie was also blessed to have a great friend in Marie Doucette. The two of them loved to goad each other on and they had many interesting “discussions” but always remained great friends.
Millie supported many various charities throughout her life, including Catholic Charities, St Jude, the American Diabetes Association and the Cancer Society. She was generous with her children and grandchildren, and everyone appreciated that from her.
Survivors include her two daughters, Susan Burnikel and husband, Tom, of Twin Falls, Idaho, and their sons, Marc Burnikel of Austin, Texas, and Brian Burnikel and his wife, Candace, of Seattle, Wash.; her daughters, Pam Davis of Hanover and her daughter, Kasey and husband, Curt, and son, Trent of Pennsylvania; her son, Jared Davis of Hanover; her daughter, Alyson (Joe) Cepollina and sons, Jacob, Andrew, Thomas and Michael; and her daughter, Emily Davis of Lewiston; her daughter, Sally (Roger) Poulin's children, Christopher (Robin) Poulin of Walpol, Mass., Monique (Todd) Poulin-Towle of Kingfield and their children, Finn and Callahan, Michelle (Tucker) Lehigh of Saco and their children, Connor and Sally, Becky (Michelle) Poulin of Boston, Mass., and Sarah (John) Carlson of Portland and their children, Wyatt and Jack.
She was predeceased by her husband, Steve, in 1971; her beloved daughter, Sally Ann (Roger) Poulin of Skowhegan; her parents, Hannah and Norbert Richard; and her brothers, Bill and Vince Richard.
We would like to thank the many people who helped her, including Dr. Deluca, Sandy River Center, where she received kind and loving care from all the staff and the Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice for the skill and kind care in her last days.
You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the Mickeriz family by visiting their guest book at www.SGThibaultFuneralHome.com.