Mildred V. "Millie" Danzer

Mildred V. "Millie" Danzer, nee Freber, 96, of Belleville, IL, born Tuesday, March 2, 1915, in St. Louis, MO, died Sunday, May 22, 2011 at St, Paul's Home in Belleville, IL.

Millie was the only child of Grace and Anton Freber. She left school at 14 years of age to help support her family by working at the Tums Factory. She met her husband, John at the Turner Hall in St. Louis. They raised their 3 children in East St. Louis, IL. Millie was actively involved in the Harding School PTA. For many years she painted silhouettes on plates with each child's name as a graduation gift from 8th grade. She enjoyed ushering with friends once a week at the American Theater. She was a Cub Scout Den Leader and a Girl Scout Leader, known to many as "Danny". The family enjoyed camping and traveling. She tended her garden and her family well. When John died in 1968, she went to work for Famous Barr and retired 25 years later. She was an active member at First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville, IL.

She was preceded in death by her:

  • Husband: John Robert Danzer
  • Parents: Anton G. and Grace E. nee Summers Freber

Surviving are her:

  • Children
    • Dean (Virginia) Danzer of St. Louis, MO
    • Warren (Sheila) Danzer of Charleston, WV
    • Susan (Roger) Relfe of Swansea, IL
  • Grandchildren
    • Mark Danzer of Tucson, AZ
    • Steve (Kari Kaeding) Danzer of Crittenden, KY
    • John (Jennifer) Danzer of Madison, WI
    • Emily (Derrick) Hoffman of Fairmont, WV
    • Julia (Alex) Cantrell of Knoxville, TN
  • Great-Grandchildren
    • Reese
    • Cole
    • Graeme
    • Jacob
    • Alyssa

Special Thanks: A special thank you to Julia Frye and Bea Hunt, who became such good friends and added so much to Millie's life.

Memorials: The family request memorials may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church, St. Paul's Home Foundation or Hospice of Southern Illinois

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at  Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Thursday, May 26, 2011 at Kurrus Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Alex Hendrickson officiating. Private family interment will be held at Resurrection Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.

Condolences left for Mildred V. "Millie" Danzer:

    I will be with you all in spirit as you celebrate Mother's life. She was a little concerned about that young girl that came into Warren's life but thrilled with her beautiful granddaughters and the joy they gave and continue to give him. I am so sorry that I am not able to be with you all but my thoughts and prayers will be. Love to all. Sheila

    Sheila Danzer Charleston West Virginia 25314

    Susan, Gary and I are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.

    Susan Nowlin Ferguson MO 63135

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I enjoyed knowing Millie when shen was a resident at Sycamore Village. She always had a smile for you. Heaven has a new angel.

    Ava Carr Swansea IL 62226

    thanks for all the memories of John & Mildred Weeding At Lindenwood Turners; them memories of times at the Danzer Family and friends Coop Dieke Club. memories of family card parties -- memories of sing alongs Aunt Millie on piano- Dean on accordian. Aunt Millie very kind and generous to even us braty kids; taking us on hikes ( on the Frisco tracks) fond memories of Uncle John and Aunt Millie taking on all comers in badmitten - They were the champs.. Ray and Marion Maag

    raymond h maag jeffersonville IN 47130

    My Mother, Ruth Smith (Smitty), and I (PeeWee) were involved in Girl Scout Day Camp at Grand Marais State Park and we worked with Danny for years. She was instrumental in my choosing a career in Recreation. All of the kids at Camp loved Danny and I want to extend heartfelt condolences to her family.

    Professor Myrna Smith Schild Columbia IL 62236