MONONA, Wis. – Former lifetime Manistique area resident, Mildred “Millie” Klarich, 90, passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at Heritage Monona Assisted Living Community in Monona, Wis., surrounded by her family.
She was born April 1, 1924, at Marblehead, Mich., the daughter of James and Minnie (Hansen) Hubble and attended Palmer Elementary and Manistique area schools.
On June 22, 1946, the former Mildred Minnie Hubble married the love of her life Mathew Klarich in Manistique, having met in an unemployment line after the war. They made their home and raised their family on a small farm on the Manistique River Road. Matt preceded her in death on Sept. 1, 1992.
In her earlier years, Millie worked on her father’s family farm on the Townline Road, the Old Deerfield Inn, various lumber camps, and during World War II at the Ford Motor Company Willow Run plant in Detroit, as an aircraft riveter on the B-24 Liberator bomber. Millie was a very active member of the St. Francis de Sales parish serving for many years as a Eucharistic minister, was a member of St. Christopher Circle and the prayer chain. She assisted at the Mass offering at Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility and also at church funeral luncheons.
She enjoyed cooking, sewing, bird watching, and watching the many wild life forms visiting her home from her kitchen window. Millie will be remembered as a superb cook, with her prized poviticia, winning the greatest of praise from many connoisseurs. For many years she was a 4-H Leader, teaching sewing to many grateful children. She enjoyed hosting family holiday celebrations at her home and also going for a tractor-trailer ride given by her grandchildren through the U.P. winter wonderland. Millie’s greatest achievement was the devoted love for her family. She leaves a lasting example of high character, honesty and kindness toward others.
Millie is survived by daughters, Mary (Rich) Hoholik and Lisa (Tim) Podolske of Madison, Wis.; sons, Paul (Jane) Klarich of Garden, Mich., and Richard Klarich (Wendy Wilde) of Wausau, Wis.; grandchildren, Ryan (Shannon) Klarich, Heather (Phil) Damra, Morgan and Christian Klarich, Mathew and Zak Podolske; greatgrandchildren, Brendan and Taylor Klarich, Nadia, Miles, and Gabriella Damra; sisters, Donna Walker and Carol Johnson; brothers, Bill and Mick Hubble; sister-in-laws, Eve Martin, Doris Hubble, Theresa Klarich, Ann Hubble, and Myrna Hubble; brother-in-laws, Matt Weber, Lloyd Johnson, and Jack Martin; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Maurice, Robert, and Shannon Hubble; sister, Nancy Gollakner; sister-in-laws, Roxy Klarich, Frances Weber, Catherine Carlson, and Justine Hubble; and brother-in-laws, Tony and Rudy Klarich, Bill Walker, Ralph Sabinash, and Bill Carlson.
Visitation will be held Sunday, Aug. 10, from 4-7 p.m., at Messier- Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique. Parish prayers will be said at 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Manistique, with Father Ben Paris officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery at Manistique. A luncheon will follow at St. Francis de Sales school.
Memorial donations may be directed to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Manistique Area Schools Foundation, American Cancer Society, Agrace Hospice (5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711), or Garden Peninsula Historical Society.
Messier-Broullire Funeral Home of Manistique is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mbfuneral.com.