Mildred Sughroue

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mildred Sughroue

Feb. 21, 1911 - Sept. 10, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- Mildred M. Sughroue, former longtime resident of McCook and Denver, Colorado, passed away Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 at Eldorado Manor in Trenton. She was 101 years old.

Mildred was born in Indianola, Nebraska, on Feb. 21, 1911, the oldest of four children, to John and Mary (Weskamp) Gillen. She graduated valedictorian from Havanna High School in 1929. Mary Gillen died at an early age, leaving Mildred to honor her promise to her mother that she would help raise her younger sister, Lea, and her brother, Don, ages ten and five at the time. Her brother Lloyd was on his own by then.

She met John H. Sughroue at a dance in Indianola and later married him on Aug. 5, 1942, in Santa Barbara, California, where John was stationed during World War II. They were married for 34 years before John passed away in 1978.

Mildred worked for attorneys at law; John E. Kelley, Lafe Hurley and Bill Lyons. She also worked for former Governor Morrison of Nebraska. Mildred sold Avon products in both McCook and Denver where she moved with her family in 1966. While in Denver she worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield until her retirement in 1980.

Mildred lived in Windsor Gardens for many years from 1983 until 2005. She remained active playing cards, golf, bingo, the piano and enjoyed square dancing. She volunteered at the Windsor Gardens medical clinic. Mildred also took pride in traveling and babysitting all of her seven grandchildren.

Mildred was a lifelong Catholic, active in St. Patrick's parish in McCook and Christ the King parish in Denver. She was also active with many aspects of volunteering within the Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and John Gillen; husband, John Sughroue; brothers, Lloyd and Don Gillen; and granddaughter, Abbie Grinde.

Mildred is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Margaret Sughroue of McCook; daughters, Sharon Sughroue of McCook and Linda Grinde of Littleton, Colorado; sister, Lea Kjar of Lexington; grandchildren, Daniel Grinde of Littleton, Amy, Andrew and Alex Sughroue of Omaha, Rev. Adam Sughroue of Lincoln, Dionne Grinde of Greeley, Colorado, and David Grinde and wife, Vicky, of Aurora, Colorado.

Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, from 1 -- 7 p.m. at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook. Friends may send condolences to the family at

Rosary will be Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at 7 p.m. at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in McCook with Father Gary Brethour, Father Adam Sughroue, and Father Lothar Gilde officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials may be given in Mildred's name to St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward; Special Olympics Foundation of Nebraska; or the Knights of Columbus drive for the benefit of mental retardation charities.

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.