Stahlecker -- 2009
Mildred Viola Stahlecker was born Sept. 29, 1914 to Henry and Lily Fanselau in
the Smoky Hill community.
Mildred attended the Smoky Hill School through the 10th grade, always enjoying
her studies. In 1928, Mildred won the Kit Carson County spelling bee and
represented the county at the state level bee held in Denver. Having no
brothers, Mildred often helped her father in the fields, and she was adept at
hitching up a four-horse team.
married Robert Stahlecker in 1934, and they farmed two quarters and raised some
cattle north of Bethune for several years, living in an adobe home built by
played Hawaiian guitar and Mildred sang along with him. Mildred of-ten stated it
was a happy life.
Mildred and Robert adopted their son, John Dennis, when he was nine years old.
He was later killed in an automobile accident after relocating to live near his
brother in Tennessee.
and Robert also sponsored a “daughter,” Mary Willingham, from Girl's Town
many years ago, who now lives in the Tulsa, Okla. area. Mildred worked at the
Ben Franklin store in Burlington for several years, and she enjoyed babysitting
for several families as well as housecleaning for others after she and Robert
moved into town. Reading was one of her favorite hobbies. In her later years,
Mildred enjoyed helping the seniors at Grace Manor Care Center play bingo
died peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009 at the age of 95 years. Preceding her
in death were her parents, her beloved husband, Robert, their son, John Dennis,
and Mildred's sister, Leona Wiedman. Survivors include Mildred's sister, Geneva
Wohlgemuth, who lives in the Pacific Northwest, grand-daughter Carol Ann Naugle
of Sterling, nephews Craig, Loren and Mark Wohlgemuth of the Pacific North-west,
Garvin Wiedman of Burlington, and Darrell Wiedman of Denver, niece Gladys Stolz
of Burlington, Mildred's sponsored daughter, Mary Willingham, of the Tulsa,
Okla. area, and several great- nieces and nephews.
services for Mildred were held on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Fairview
Cemetery in Burlington, with Pastor Jeff Hanson officiating. Memorials may be
made in Mildred's name to the Burlington Public Library and may be left at or
sent to The Bank of Burlington. 410 14th St., P.O. Box 429, Burlington, CO