Mildred A. Kaul
Mildred A. Kaul

Born: September 21, 1916

Died: March 27, 2021

CHADWICK –Mildred Alice Queckboerner-Heffelfinger-Kaul, 104, died March 27, 2021.

She was the first child of Albert and Olive (Barnhart) Queckboerner, born on September 21, 1916. She was educated in rural Beede School and Chadwick High School. She was married 40 years to her husband, Charles Heffelfinger, who died in 1975. In 1982 she married Clayton Kaul and they shared a beautiful 16 year marriage until Clayton's death in 1998.

She was also preceded in death by her sons James Heffelfinger in 2011, and Kenneth Heffelfinger, in 2019; a great-great-granddaughter, Kambri Folkers; and her six siblings (and their mates); Robert, Ray, Russell and Lyle Queckboerner, Lenora Bushman, and Margaret Hartman.

Mildred loved reading, word puzzles, crocheting, and sewing. She made and hand quilted her first queen-size quilt at age 93. She and husband Charles operated a café in Chadwick for many years where her day began with baking 5 pies before their first breakfast customer arrived at 6 am. Later, during her marriage to Clayton, she took on the responsibility for the farm bookkeeping and delivery of eggs through several counties, all the while sewing, hemming and mending for many customers and family.

She leaves a blended, loving family of adult children, Ronald (Lorie) Heffelfinger of Winnebago, IL, Nancy (Richard) Janssen of Milledgeville, IL, Eldon (Kathy) Kaul of Blaine, MN, Kenneth (Chris) Kaul of LeClaire, IA, Theresa Heffelfinger of Sterling, IL, and Sandi Heffelfinger of Englewood, CO; grandchildren, Daniel (Debbie) Janssen, Joseph (Donna) Janssen, Deana Janssen, Rhonda (Tom) Stead, Tim (Amy) Heffelfinger, Ted (Lynn) Heffelfinger, Todd (Michelle) Heffelfinger, Trica (Nick) McNiece, Kristen (David) Finch, Scott (Nichelle) Kaul, Brian (Anne) Kaul, Patrick (Eli) Kaul, and Kelly (Chris) Menge; 28 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and last but not least, many special and loved nieces and nephews who were her add-on children.

Services are being planned for September 25, 2021, for family and friends to celebrate her life, shortly after she would have turned 105. Save the date!

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Published by Prairie Advocate on Apr. 7, 2021.
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