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Mildred Marie Thatcher, 101, Austin

Published 10:19am Monday, December 31, 2012

Mildred Marie Thatcher, 101, of Austin, Minn., recently residing at Our House, 1313 15th Ave. NW, passed away on, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.

Mildred was born on Feb. 6, 1911, in Le Grand, Iowa, to George and Mary (nee Skoch) Coffin. Mildred was the third of seven children. She graduated from Le Grand High School in 1928 and on Nov. 2, 1929, she married Jerry Thatcher. Mildred worked at the Woolworth’s Department Store in Marshalltown, Iowa, where she resided with her husband until they moved to Austin. In 1938, Mildred and her husband, Jerry, opened the TenderMaid Sandwich Shop, which they managed until retirement. The couple had a home on Cass Lake, Minn., where they enjoyed being at their cabin in the summer months. Mildred was active in the Austin Garden Club and was famous for her home-made pies and cakes, which she originally made for the TenderMaid.

Mildred is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Bob (Helen) Thatcher, Austin, Dick (Eleanor) Thatcher, Rochester, Minn.; and daughter and son-in-law, Patty (Tim) Montgomery of Port Charlotte, Fla.; as well as six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers and four sisters.

A private family memorial was held. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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