GENEVA - Dr. Mildred E. Behrens, 90, formerly of New Hartford, N.Y., died Thursday (January 10, 2013).
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the Seneca Nursing & Rehab Center Staff for their compassionate care during Millie's stay.
Millie has donated her body to Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY.
Donations in her name may be made to Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 5022, Hagerstown, MD 21741-9804.
Born April 26, 1922, Geneva, N.Y., daughter of the late Frederick and Katherine Haag Behrens.
Millie's formal education began in a one-room school house with Mrs. Flossie Derr. She graduated from Geneva High School 1940, Rochester GeneralHospital School of Nursing 1944. Millie served in the US Army
Nurse Corps. (WW II) in the South Pacific. She continued her education via the GI Bill, earning her B.S. degree in Nursing Education, University of Rochester 1950, and PH.D. Zoology, Syracuse University 1963.
Millie was employed as a research scientist at Masonic Medical Research Lab, Utica, N.Y. She was a visiting scientist at the Institut fur Neurobiologie, Julich, Germany. Her interests included family, traveling, gardening, politics, and the arts. She was an avid member of the Adirondack Mountain Club and Tramp & Trail Club where she made many lasting friends, and encouraged all she met to join.
In retirement Millie volunteered as a Reading Tutor at Watson Williams Elementary School, Utica and the Soup Kitchen, Grace Church, Utica.
Mildred is survived by her sisters, Helen Bornheimer, Raleigh, N.C. and Dorothy VanDyke, Penn Yan, N.Y. Surviving also are nephews and nieces, Gordon (Joanne) Schiller, Patricia Schiller, David (Beverly) Bornheimer, Philip (Cheryl) Bornheimer, Mark (Pat) Bornheimer, William (Amy) VanDyke, Steven (Lorraine) VanDyke, Carol (Al) Baldy; and also many grand nephews and nieces including, Bethany and Jill Schiller.
She was predeceased by her sister, Elsie A. Behrens Schiller; nephew, Richard I. Bornheimer, KIA Vietnam; and aunts and uncles including, Gottlob Haag.