March 10, 1929 -- July 18, 2012
LOVELAND, Colorado --Mildred (Mil) Marie Schuricht, 83, died on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at Good Samaritan Loveland Village, in Loveland, Colorado.
Born on March 10, 1929, to Herman H. Reiners and Helen (Esch) Reiners in Indianola, Nebraska, Mil spent her early years on a farm near McCook, Nebraska, and moved with her family to Englewood, Colorado, at the age of eight. She married Kenneth Edward Schuricht on Feb.14, 1948, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Englewood.
During her working life, Mil sold tickets for a variety of shows and the Denver Nuggets. She also worked as a cook in the Sheridan and Englewood school systems, finishing her career as the manager of the kitchen at Flood Middle School.
In addition to being active members of several Lutheran congregations, she and her husband, Ken, enjoyed bowling, square dancing, playing games, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Together, they created beautiful stained glass objects. They spent many active years of weekends and vacations in the cabin they built near Grand Lake, Colorado, and twelve winters in Sunflower Resort in Surprise, Arizona.
Known to her friends and co-workers as "Millie," she was loved for her tender ways and listening ear and beautiful smile. Caregivers in her last years always remarked on her "great hugs." She had an impish sense of humor and enjoyed teasing and being teased, especially by her sons-in-law.
Mil also enjoyed sewing and making ceramic gifts and teaching her friends and family a variety of card games. She was always ready to help her children during any time of crisis or need. She especially treasured her grandchildren, beginning a family tradition of "Camp Grandma and Grandpa," which gifted them with many memories...both tender and humorous. She often spoke of her brother, Lenny; and she was sustained for many years by frequent, faith-filled, and life-giving conversations with her sister, Eleanor.
Perhaps her greatest gift to her children was the example of a simple but hearty faith that she was a child of God from the beginning of her life to the very end and beyond. The family never really had the option of missing worship on Sundays and other church festivals. Going to church was simply a regular habit. She read devotions every night around the supper table...from "Portals of Prayer," which her children frankly did not really relate to most of the time! But this ritual was one she continued until she could no longer read.
Mil was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and her husband of 50 years.
She is survived by her daughters, Carol (Bill) McDivitt, Linda (Robert) Henry, and Tammy (Bill) Riedel; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; two sisters; and many other relatives.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 2919 North Wilson Avenue, Loveland, Colorado. Viewing will be available one hour before the service begins. A light luncheon will follow the funeral worship service and committal ceremony.
Internment will be done later at Ft. Logan National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the giver's choice in honor of Mil.