Mildred Bracht, 82, died Wednesday, May 25, at St. Joseph’s Hillside Villa in West Point. Funeral Mass will be 10:30am on Saturday, May 28 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point with Rev. Matt Niggemeyer as celebrant. Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery with lunch to follow at GACC Cafeteria. Visitation will be Friday from 12:00pm to 7:00pm at Stokely Funeral Home with Catholic Daughters Rosary at 1:30pm and Vigil Service at 7:00pm. Memorials may be made to Veterans organizations. Arrangements by Stokely Funeral Home
Mildred “Millie” Sudbeck Bracht was born December 4, 1939 in Bow Valley to Paul and Frances (Thoene) Sudbeck. Millie grew up on the family farm near Bow Valley, attending Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School and graduating from Holy Trinity High School in 1957. Following graduation, she worked at the Cedar County Court House as a clerk for the judge. Millie was united in marriage to Norbert Bracht on May 4, 1960 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Bow Valley. The couple farmed and operated a dairy southeast of West Point, where Millie was busy with gardening, milking and raising their family.
Millie and Norbert were active members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where Millie was Regent and a member of Catholic Daughters and Guild. She helped set up Mass at the nursing home from the mid 1970’s until her health no longer allowed. In addition to being local chapter president and state treasurer for the Nebraska Dairy Women, Millie volunteered at Dairy Day at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha and started the ice cream stand at the Cuming County Fair. She was president of the VFW Auxiliary, extension club member, and polling volunteer. She had a talent for drawing and art which led her to be president of the West Point Art Club. Among her many accomplishments, Millie’s flowers and garden produce won Grand Champion at the Cuming County Fair.
Survivors include her daughter, Denise (Kurtis) Keling of Overland Park, KS; sons, Neal (Tami), Glen, and Kurt (Angie) all of West Point, and Gary (Vicki) of Chillicothe, IL; grandchildren, Derek (Stephanie) Bracht, Karlie Bracht, Leah Bracht, Brandi (Mike) Flyr, Reed (Ashlie) Bracht, Blake (Katie) Bracht, Bailey Keling, Emma Keling, Nathan Bracht, and Maddie Bracht; siblings, Norman (Delores) Sudbeck, Maureen Kathol, and Jean Stratman. Millie is preceded in death by her husband; grandson, Mitchell Bracht; and brother, Allen.