Mildred Gwendolyn Harmann, 97, entered her Heavenly Home on December 5, 2013. She was born to Norwegian parents, Knut and Emma (Larson) Bendickson on July 5, 1916, in Carnot. She was the youngest of ten children. Mildred was baptized and confirmed at Forest Lutheran Church in Carnot.
Mildred was united in marriage to Howard Louis Harmann on November 2, 1940, at Forest Church by Howard’s Pastor Carl Toepel of St. Paul’s Lutheran of Algoma. They were blessed with 38 years of marriage before his death on January 27, 1979. Mildred attended elementary school at Carnot School and graduated from Algoma High School in 1934.
Mildred was a devoted mother, farmwife, and grandmother who lived life in a humble, quiet manner. She was dedicated to her church, being an organist for 74 years till she turned 94 years of age, still sang in the church choir, attended WELCA, Circle, started Prayer Chains, participated in Pioneer Day programs, many years taught and played piano for VBS, serged hundreds of school bags and baby blankets for missions, and had daily devotions.
Mildred was a “Grandma Moses artist”—in her late 60’s she took Bauernmalerei (German Folk Art) classes from Marjory Allingham and painted beautiful art work which she displayed in her home. Each year Mildred entered her paintings at the Door County Fair. Mildred also enjoyed painting classes from Dona Fischer.
Entertaining residents each month at the Dorchester, Algoma Extended Care, and Pine Crest Mildred used her musical talents by playing her keyboard even at age 97 with her daughter. Mildred and her daughter also enjoyed attending many Learning In Retirement classes together. Survivors include her daughter Emajean Harmann of Forestville, daughter-in-law Beverly Harmann of Forestville, four grandchildren and their families: Judy Harmann--Justin and Jana Suriano, friend Jeff Petersen of Sturgeon Bay; Jerry (Lori) Harmann--Mallory and Derek of Green Bay; Tim (Lisa) Harmann--Hannah and Jonah of Denmark; Amy (Shawn) Johnson--Noah, Caleb, and Isaiah of Green Bay; niece Marion Stark of South Milwaukee; Beverly’s parents Ray and Ruth Krueger of Forestville; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard, two sons Ernest and Baby Emil, parents Knut and Emma Bendickson, nine brothers and sisters: Mrs. Walter (Alvina) Miller, Cony (Sylvia) Bendickson, Leonard, Burnette, Mrs. Ed (Nora) Mickelson, Olive, twins Myrtle and Mabel, and a baby brother.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at Tanum Forest Lutheran Church in Vignes with Pastor Philip Peterson officiating. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will follow at the Forest Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Tanum Forest Church.
The family would like to thank Dr. Richard Hogan, Dr. Dale Kenny, and Ministry Home Care nurse Cheryl Berka for their compassionate care.