Mildred Herda

Dec. 18, 1928-Dec. 1, 2017

Mildred Louise (Ho-

ward) Herda, 88, Kongs-

berg, ND, passed away

December 1st 2017, sur-

rounded by family in

Trinity Hospital.

Mildred Howard was

born on December 18,

1928, on a farm called the

Broder place in rural

McHenry County, North

Dakota, to Ernest L. &

Caroline (Schmidt) Ho-

ward-Bluhm. She was

reared on the family

homestead and attended

rural one-room school-

houses. She always

claimed she went from

the 1st grade to the 3rd

grade in one year! She did

work for area farmers and

housewives – helping

with crops and childcare,

laundry, baking, cleaning,

gardening, etc. Times

were tough in those days.

She claimed she worked

one whole summer for a

local farmer and ended up

with a comb and a rooster

(and it was too tough to


She met the love of her

life, Raymond Herda,

while roller skating at

Strawberry Lake in

McLean County. Ray-

mond and Mildred were

married February 2, 1947,

at the parsonage in Kongs-

berg, ND. Raymond

bought the license and

Mildred paid the preach-

er! They farmed on the

Herda family farm South

of Kongsberg all their life.

They raised many animals

(cattle, sheep, pigs),

chickens (sold eggs for

groceries in Butte) – even

turkeys to sell to the

Minot grocery stores –

along with grain farming

and hay-making. Five

children were the result of

this union: Sheryl,

Ronald, Gail, Connie, and

Brenda. Raymond and

Mildred were married for

59 years. Ray passed away

in February 2006.

Mildred had the biggest

heart and was always wil-

ling to lend a helping

hand. She mowed the

cemeteries for both

Kongsberg & Ruso for

many years. She could

mow and rake hay, milk

the cows, butcher chick-

ens, can the vegetables,

and still have supper on

the table (or out in the

field). She was known

throughout the country

for her famous caramel

rolls and homemade

bread. Milly (the Hillbilly

– as she called herself)

loved to go barefoot and

said when they were kids

they went barefoot all

summer and got a new

pair of shoes in the fall for

school. Mildred was a

life-long member of St.

John Lutheran Church in

Kongsberg, where she

served many years as

Secretary-Treasurer for

the Lutheran Women’s

Missionary League. She

spent many years saving

‘Mites for Missions.’

Mildred and Ray-

mond’s loving family in-

cludes: son-in-law: La-

Verne Anderson, Voltaire,

ND; son: Ronald Herda,

Hume, MO; daughters:

Gail (Daniel) Berg, Connie

(John) Plesuk, and Brenda

(Steve) Nush – all of

Minot, ND; grandchildren:

Earl Anderson, Voltaire,

Tina (Gerald) Gordon,

Carlisle PA, Neil (Jen)

Anderson, Minnesota,

Ronald (Ashlie) Herda,

Taylorville, MO, & Ryan

(Kylie) Herda, Hume, MO,

Jennifer Berg, Casper,

WY, Kerri (Cory) Mattern,

Chelsea (Derek) Brown,

Minot, ND, Sara Plesuk,

Bellevue, NE, Eva

(Shawn) Biddinger,

Minot, ND, John Plesuk,

Sacramento CA, John

Nush, Jessica (Matt Holtz)

Nush, Minot, ND; To

count 21 great-grand-

children and 2 step-

grandchildren; sister:

Carol (Richard) Cogdill,

Des Lacs, ND; brother: Ar-

nold (Leona) Howard, Ra-

pid City, SD; sisters-

in-law: Gladys Howard,

Velva, ND, Verna Howard,

Garrison, ND, and Beverly

Howard, Derby, KS.

Mildred was preceded

in death by her parents;

daughter, Sheryle (La-

Verne) Anderson; grand-

son, Steven Berg; broth-

ers: Leslie, Harold, and

Everett Howard, and sis-

ter, Frieda Purdue.

Funeral service: 1:00

p.m. Tuesday, December

5, 2017, at St. Matthew

Lutheran Church, 313

Main St, Max, ND.

Interment: St. John

Cemetery, Kongsberg, ND.

Visitation: Monday,

December 4, 2017, from

4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

at the Thomas Family

Funeral Home.

Memorials are pre-

ferred to St. John’s Luth-

eran Church in Kongs-

berg, ND or to an organi-

zation of the donor’s


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