She was born September 27, 1910, in rural Vining, the daughter of Charles and Anna (Sokol) Herink and attended York #9 country school.
On Dec. 30, 1931, she was united in marriage to Fred L. Riha in Toledo, Iowa. They moved to their farm near Vining where she helped Fred with the farm while raising their family. She enjoyed the company of many friends throughout her long life and was a willing helper to all she knew. The couple moved to Willow Apartments, Toledo in 1997 where she continued to live after her husband’s death.
Mildred and Fred did much traveling and she especially enjoyed trips to visit her grandchildren and their families. She was an avid reader and enjoyed working word puzzles in her retirement years until her eyesight failed. Mildred loved music and dancing to “Barefoot Becky”, especially on her 100th birthday and later.
Mildred was a 40-plus member of the Elberon Legion Auxiliary and a 75-year member of Western Fraternal Life Association. In 2006, she was made an honorary member of ZCBJ Lodge Rolnik #146 Irving.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Fred in 2003; five brothers, Fred, Ernest, Charles, Lester and Ludwig Herink; two sisters, Agnes Herink and Libbie Starits.
Survivors include one daughter, Marcella (Frank) Nekola of Toledo; one son, Duane (Myrna) Riha of Longs, SC; five grandchildren, Randy (Cheryl) Nekola, Gary (Beth) Nekola, Danny (Dawn) Nekola, Cindy (the late Ted) Williams and Cathy (Mike) McKillip; ten great-grandchildren, Megan (Mike) Chumbley, Haley (David) Holbrook, Treye, Ashley, Darah, Benjamin, Ciara and Derek Nekola, Tara and Kari Williams; four great-great grandchildren, Savanah and Caroline Chumbley, Caden and Baby Holbrook.
A memorial fund has been established.
Mildred Rose Riha