Mildred Dorothy Bramer Bickel was born on November 6, 1919 at the home of her parents, Minnie Plambeck Bramer and Louis Bramer. She passed away at Clearview Nursing Home on April 27, 2011 at the age of 91.
Mildred graduated from Rockville, Nebraska high school in 1938. Mildred was united in marriage with William Henry Bickel in Maryville, Missouri on September 15, 1941. Born to this union were Dale William Bickel (wife Marla), Joan Kay Bickel, Roger Louis Bickel (wife Marilyn) and Sandra Rae Bickel Khalilinia (husband Shay).
Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, in April 1998. Mildred worked hard alongside her husband, Bill, on the farm from 1941-1969. While in Mount Ayr she was employed at the Cap Factory and the Lorraine factory sewing. Bill and Mildred then moved to Grand Island, Nebraska and lived there by her parents from 1969-1995. While in Grand Island she worked at Delicious Foods and Service Master. In 1995 Bill and Mildred moved back to Mount Ayr to be close to family.
Mildred was a beautiful seamstress and sewed most of Sandy’s clothes as a child and numerous apparel for her grandchildren including doll clothes.
When Mildred moved back to Mount Ayr, she offered to mend and iron for Marla. She never complained about repairing items that Dale continually (by accident) tore. Additionally, Mildred was an excellent cook. Any visitor was always welcome to stop by and she would always offer some type of baked goods and coffee.
Mildred was a member of the Mount Ayr United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and her old original neighborhood club.
Left to mourn her passing include her son, Dale Bickel (wife Marla) of Clearfield, Iowa; daughter, Joan Bickel of Mount Ayr, Iowa; son, Roger Bickel (wife Marilyn) of Castle Rock, Colorado; daughter, Sandy Bickel Khalilinia (husband Shay) of Aurora, Colorado; grandchildren, Vince (wife Mary) Bickel of Gordon, Nebraska, Brenda Bickel Willis (husband Craig) of Benton, Iowa, Brian Bickel (wife Robyn) of Clearfield, Iowa, Sally Khalilinia of Centennial, Colorado, Katy Khalilinia of Aurora, Colorado, Roger Bickel, Jr. of Denver, Colorado, Cherie Daicont of Hershey, Pennsylvania and Amy Lamke of Portland, Oregon; stepgranddaughter, Wendy Smith of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and 16 great-grandchildren.
Memorials are to Clearview Home and the United Methodist Church, both in Mount Ayr. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.
Services were held at the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr on Sunday, May 1, 2011. Rev. Skip Rushing officiated. Musicians were Debbie Cannon, Andy Trullinger, Mary Davenport and Margaret Bickers.
Casket bearers were Vincent Dale Bickel, Brenda Bickel Willis, Brian Louis Bickel, Sally Jean Khalilinia, Katherine Gelon Khalilinia and Roger Louis Bickel, Jr.
Mildred was laid at rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.