Mildred "Millie" Jeanette Pottratz, 88, of Park Rapids, died Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at Mercy Medical Center in Coon Rapids.
She was born Oct. 3, 1920 to Alfred and Inga (Kittelson) Oines near Arlington, S.D. She attended country school near her parent's farm. As a young woman, she ventured to Brookings, S.D. where she worked as a sales clerk in a department store.
She met George Theodore Pottratz while he was serving in the U.S. Navy and they were married Jan. 11, 1946 in Minneapolis. They had one son, Jerald Lee.
Upon receiving his honorable discharge in 1947, the young couple moved to Park Rapids. She worked for many years in the kitchen at St Joseph's Hospital in Park Rapids and later for Dahl's Bakery in Park Rapids. She was a long time member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids where she participated in the ladies aid ministry. She was also involved for many years in the TOPS Club of Park Rapids. She had a ham radio license and participated in the Park Rapids Amateur Radio Club.
She became a resident at New Brighton Care Center this past year.
She is survived by two granddaughters; one grandson; two great-grandsons; four siblings: Ray (Dot) Oines, of Bruce, S.D., Joan (Roy) Hurd, of Beresford, S.D., Alleen (Charles) Beuhner, of Circle Pines, and Alan (Bonnie) Oines, of Park Rapids; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 2003; her son, Jerry in 1999; and one brother, George.
Casket bearers: Her nephews: Lynn Buehner, Rick Hurd, and Scott, Dean, Mark and Raymond Oines.
Funeral service: 1 p.m. today (Saturday), July 11 at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids with Rev. Kenneth Nyhusmoen officiating.
Visitation: 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Interment: Next to her husband and son in Greenwood Cemetery, Park Rapids.