Mildred M. “Millie” Poepping, age 86 of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on April 3, 2023, at the CentraCare Care Center in Sauk Centre.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 11, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Greg Paffel officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Monday, April 10, at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre and 10-11 a.m., April 11, at the church. Parish prayers will be at 4 p.m., April 10, at the funeral home.
Mildred Martha Walz was born April 20, 1936, in Lake George Township, Stearns County, Minnesota, to Leo and Margaret (Bösl) Walz. Millie graduated from Sauk Centre High School. She was united in marriage to Ralph Poepping June 19, 1956, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Millie waitressed at the Theatre Café and Fran’s Corner Bar and later worked at Fingerhut. She also sold Celebrity Jewelry and eventually retired after working for Bruce Rindahl at Lutheran Brotherhood.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre and the Christian Mothers. Millie enjoyed dancing, bowling, playing cards and making an occasional trip to the casino. She also enjoyed cooking, baking Christmas cookies and apple pies and loved making potato dumplings with her sister, Evelyn.
Survivors include her children Mike Poepping of Sauk Centre, Ron (Diann) Poepping of Hutchinson, Cindy (Rick) Jensen of Westbrook, Jerry (Dawn) Poepping of Sauk Centre, Cheryl (Wayne) Bauer of Sauk Centre, Randy Poepping of St. Cloud and stepdaughter Teri (J.R.) Paige; 23 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; and brother Donald (JoAnn) Walz of Sauk Centre.
Millie was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Poepping, March 9, 2011; parents; granddaughter Michelle Poepping; sisters Marie Vornbrock, Carol Prodinsky and Evelyn Schmidt.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.