Mildred Bertrand

SLEEPY EYE – Mildred Bertrand, age 98, of Sleepy Eye, died on Aug.9, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Franklin.

Service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Sleepy Eye.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday and will continue on Saturday from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Mildred Marie Bertrand was born August 8, 1915 to George and Isabelle (Radamacher) Schaupp in Winona. She moved from Rice Lake, Wis., to Sleepy Eye in 1933 with her parents. She worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Kiefer until she and Clem married in June of 1940. They farmed five miles northwest of Sleepy Eye where they raised eight children. Mildred worked in the Farm Bureau Insurance office from 1964 until she retired in 1980. She enjoyed playing cards, crocheting and traveling with family and friends.

She is survived by her children: Patty (Jerry) Steeber of Maple Grove, Dave (Linda) of Bloomington, Jerry (Emilie) of Sleepy Eye, Carol Wexler of San Pablo, Calif., Jim (Linda) of New Ulm, Kathy (Dave) Suker of Akeley, and Mark (Gail) of Akeley; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clement in 1982; daughter, Joan Marie in 1969; son-in-law, Bruce Wexler in 2012 and great-granddaughter, Amanda Bertrand.

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