Mildred H. Tesrow, 100, of Fairfax died Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at the Fairfax Community Home in Fairfax. Funeral service will be 1 PM Saturday, April 14, at the United Methodist Church in Fairfax with Pastor Les Minter officiating. Burial will follow in the Fort Ridgely Cemetery. Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Fairfax. The Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm is handling the arrangements. To leave an online condolence for her family or to sign the guest book go to www.mvfh.org.
Mildred Hazel Brandt Tesrow was born February 22, 1912 near Macksburg, Iowa to Fred W. and Mary (Zellwegar) Brandt. She came to Minnesota with her parents in 1918 to Clements, and also lived in the Springfield-Sleepy Eye area. She moved to Morgan, in 1924 and graduated from Morgan High School in the class of 1929. She worked for the family of Dr. J.D. Keith, Colonel Gilfillan at his summer home in Lake Minnetonka, and as well as David Syrne in St. Paul.
Millie married James E. Tesrow at the Presbyterian Church in Morgan by Dr. J.D. Keith on November 22, 1933, and moved onto the homestead north of Sleepy Eye where she resided for 67 years. She was employed by Delmonte Co., Delroy Hotel and the Palace in Sleepy Eye. She belonged to the Fairfax Methodist Church and participated in many activities including the United Methodist Women’s Quilters, the former Ruth Circle, the Fairfax Seniors Card and Craft Club, the Sleepy Eye Card Club and the Sleepy Eye Care Center and Hospital Auxiliary. She was also a member of the “Swinging Grannies” square dance volunteer group that entertained at nursing homes and care groups for 13 years. She was the clerk of District 79 for 12 years and treasurer at the Golden Gate Cemetery.
Mildred is survived by her daughter, June Firle of Fairfax; daughters-in-law, Sharon Tesrow and Renate Tesrow, both of Sleepy Eye; 14 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; 23 great-great grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Bob Nyberg of Lamberton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James E. Tesrow; a son, James F. Tesrow; an infant sister, Merritta Brandt; and by brothers, Raymond, Elmo and Gerald Brandt.