Shedivy, Mildred M.
Mildred M. Shedivy, age 93, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 5, 2013, from Alzheimer's Disease. Mildred was born on Jan. 8, 1920, near Kewaunee, to Katherine Rose (Boushek) and Joseph W. Ouradnik. American-born and raised, Rose and Joe taught their children to speak Bohemian as a second language. Mildred was the third of seven children. Her mother operated a country store, grew a huge vegetable garden, baked bread, canned, butchered her own chickens, and was a caretaker for the Rosebud School across the street. Mildred's father operated a cheese factory and later became a night watchman for the Leyse Aluminum Company in Kewaunee. Mildred's childhood home had no indoor bathroom, and the drinking water needed to be carried in a pail from an outdoor well and pump. Mildred would walk two miles for catechism class in Slovan. She attended the one-room Rosebud School through eighth grade and graduated from Casco High School in 1938. She attended two years of Business College in Two Rivers. As a working girl at Hamilton Manufacturing Co. in Two Rivers, Mildred met Paul Shedivy at a dance at the Waverly Hotel. Paul wooed her and won her love. After Paul drove west with a buddy on Route 66 to California for technical school, Mildred informed her employer that she too would be leaving for California. Her kind employer told her to rethink this decision, as jobs were hard to find and she was making top pay at 35 cents per hour. Mildred took the risk and traveled west by train. Mildred and Paul roomed in houses across the street from each other. Together they would ride their bicycles seven miles to work the swing shift at Lockheed Aircraft Company in Burbank, where Lockheed was producing the Constellation aircraft. Paul and Mildred took a bus to Las Vegas to be married in a Catholic Mass on Oct. 12, 1943. Paul soon joined the U.S. Air Force
. During his 20 year military career, Mildred moved with him to Glendale, Calif.; Itazuke, Japan; Shreveport, La.; Tuscon, Ariz.; San Antonio, Texas; Orlando, Fla.; Wichita, Kan.; Chelveston, England; Toul-Rosieres, France; and Sacramento, Calif.. Four children were born along the way. When Paul retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1964, the family moved back to their Wisconsin roots, settling in Whitefish Bay, where Paul started his second career as a stock broker and Mildred kept the homefires burning. "Grandma Millie" was a great cook, preparing everything from common meatloaf to Bohemian dishes and Japanese sukiyaki; she was especially known for her rotisserie chicken and sweet and sour cabbage. She served a hot family meal every night. She had a great sense of humor. She enjoyed gardening, dancing, and cards. She taught her children to be healthy, responsible, respectful and resourceful, and to have an interest and excitement about the world and about learning. It is no wonder that three of four children became teachers. She inspired her children to do well in school, insisting that they do their homework each night instead of washing the dinner dishes. She typed several lengthy college papers for daughter, Susan. She babysat her grandchildren and provided loyal assistance to her elderly neighbors, Julia and Violet Maves. Mildred and Paul moved to Oregon, Wis., in July 2004, to live near their daughters. Mildred frequented the Oregon Senior Center for exercise classes and special events. She enjoyed the company of cat, Romeo and shihtzus, Harley and Shadow. She benefitted from services of Agrace HospiceCare. Mildred is survived by her children, Jane Sheffy, Susan, Paul (Sandy) and Steve Shedivy; eight grandchildren, Sara Sheffy (Jon) Hawkins, John (Holly) Sheffy, Kelly (Chris) Calvelli, Dan, Pete, Ali, Maddy, and Walker Shedivy; four great-grandchildren, Sienna and William Calvelli, Eli Hawkins, and Indigo Sheffy; sister, Eileen Veeser; brother, Ken; and sister-in-law, Carol Ouradnik. Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; her parents, Rose and Joe; sisters, Dorothy (Joseph) Crabb and Viola (Jack) Seiler; and brothers, Joey (Gladys) Ouradnik and Leo (Ruth) Ouradnik. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at HOLY MOTHER OF CONSOLATION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 651 N. Main St., Oregon, at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013. Burial will be at Tisch Mills at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Visitation will be held at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass on Friday. Online condolences may be made to www.gundersonfh.com
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