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Mildred "Millie" Esther Langrehr Durgin
April 13, 1932 – August 30, 2018
Mildred (Millie) (Chippy) Durgin, 86, died Thursday, August 30, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids following a sudden illness.
Private services were held at Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa with interment in the Riverside Cemetery. Pastor Melody Williams officiated the services. Friends and family were welcomed to peacefully share Millie’s life Sunday, September 9, 2018, at McOtto’s from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Surviving are six children, eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was one of ten children and is survived by a brother, Henry Langrehr, and a sister, Delores Krakliow.
Mildred Esther Langrehr was born April 13, 1932, in Clinton. She was the daughter of Orville H. and Catherine V. (Steinger) Langrehr. Millie attended school in Clinton. She married Robert Durgin Sr. on May 31, 1952, in Clinton. Millie was a mother and farm wife in her early years. In the 1970’s, Millie operated Millie’s Café in Mount Vernon and next door she ran an after-school Ice Cream Shoppe and kids’ arcade.
Later that decade, she and Robert had a tavern in Martelle. She worked many years at Freese Motors in Monticello and afterwards worked several years at Nancy’s Restaurant in Cedar Rapids. She loved going to garage sales in her Smurf-mobile and was also well-known in the area for the sales she would have at her home. Millie was a dynamic personality and many people knew her by nicknames, "Meatball Millie," "Mild Red," "The Hurricane." and "Chippie."
Mildred is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Sr., on February 10, 1993; her grandson, Alex Durgin on February 5, 1993; her father, Orville; her mother, Catherine; several siblings and her beloved poodle, Buddy.
Millie wanted to give special thanks to pastor Melody Williams, Donna Langrehr, Natasha Kennebeck, Joyce Taylor, Crystal Keyser, Dr. Vernon and staff, all of the special people at the Anamosa Care Center, Jones County Regional Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital and Jose.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Anamosa Journal-Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, 13 September 2018


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