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Mildred H. Katz

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Mildred H. Katz 1923 - 2009 BENNINGTON Mildred Hewitt Katz, 85, died peacefully at her home on Monday, March 9, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on Dec. 10, 1923 in Chicago, Millie was the daughter of Susan Rosenstiel and Dr. Nicholas W. Popov. She grew up in Freeport, Ill., graduated from Freeport High School and then from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, in 1945. While in college she married Robert, a physicist at Wright Patterson Field in Dayton . Following World War II, Millie and her husband attended graduate school at the University of Illinois in Champaign. After Robert received his PhD., they moved to Manhattan, Kan., where Robert taught at Kansas State University. Later they moved to Lincoln where Dr. Katz taught at the University of Nebraska. They were divorced in 1980. Millie had an active career and volunteer life. Early on, she taught nursery school. Following graduate school, she taught psychology and economics at Manhattan Kansas High School. During her Kansas years, Millie volunteered with the Kansas Association for Mental Health and was one of the founders of the Community Mental Health Center in Manhattan, one of the early Kansas clinics. When the family moved to Lincoln, Millie served as Director of Volunteer Services at the Nebraska State Mental Hospital and later at the Community Mental Health Center. This was followed by service as Director of the Lincoln Volunteer Bureau. She then became Coordinator of Experiential Education at the University of Nebraska, serving in that capacity until her retirement in 1989. Among her honors was being named Citizen of the Year by the Nebraska Association of Social Workers. Following retirement, Millie moved to Cambridge, N.Y., and in 1995 to Bennington. Her volunteer activities here included helping to develop the community service program at Mount Anthony High School and helping organize the Interact Club. The Bennington Rotary Club awarded her the Paul Harris Medal for her work at Mount Anthony. Since 1995, she had been a team member of the Court Diversion program at the Center for Restorative Justice. In 2008, she was named Volunteer of the Year by CRJ. In the past she served on the board of the Green Mountain Red Cross, Friends of the Library and the Southwest Council on Aging. At the time of her death she was on the board of Sunrise Family Resource Center and Green Mountain RSVP. She loved traveling, reading, gardening and her pets. She enjoyed her membership in her book club and AAUW. She was a member of the New Skete parish. She leaves her son, Steven and his wife, Ileana Soto, of San Leandro, Calif., and her son, John of Audubon, N.J.; a niece, Susan Popov Wendler and husband, Michael, of Minoqua, Wis.; her sister-in-law, Donna Popov of Minocqua; great-nieces, Angela Wendler, and Christianne Spottiswoode and husband, Andrew; a great-nephew, Andrew Wendler and wife, Carrie; several cousins, and her former husband, Dr. Robert Katz of Lincoln. Her brother, Boris H. Popov, predeceased her. MEMORIAL NOTICE: A Memorial Service will be Friday, April 24, 2009, at 5 p.m. at New Skete Monastery Holy Wisdom Temple, New Skete Road, Cambridge. Millie requested contributions in her memory be made to either New Skete Monastery, P. O. Box 128, Cambridge, NY 12816 or Second Chance Animal Center, P. O. Box 620, Shaftsbury, VT 05262. Arrangements are under the direction of ACKLEY & ROSS FUNERAL HOME, 73 West Main Street, Cambridge, NY. 12816.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 11, 2009
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