Mildred Brozik, 91

Mildred Brozik, 91, of Winner, SD passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the Avera Maryhouse Long term Care Center in Pierre, SD.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner, SD. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery. Visitation was held on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 from 6-7 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner with a rosary beginning at 7 p.m.

Mildred Brozik was born Jan. 1, 1927 to Dave and Anna (Novotny) Coash on a farm southwest of Winner, South Dakota. Mildred attended elementary school at St. Mary’s and Sunnyside. She graduated from Winner High School in 1944.

After high school, she worked at State Farm Bank. On a whim, she and a couple friends moved to California to experience the big city. Her love of the farm drew her back to South Dakota, and was employed at the Tripp County Extension office. Mildred earned a teaching certificate while attending Mount Marty College in Yankton and Black Hills Teacher College. She taught on the Knippling Ranch for meals and board.

She married the love of her life, Ben Brozik of Winner, on Oct. 18, 1952. They made their home on a farm east of Winner.

In 1955 they moved to a farm ten and a half miles south of Dallas where they raised their four children: Lonnie, Dave, Kathy and Cheryl.

While working alongside her husband on the farm, she was also a medical transcriptionist/clerk at the Gregory Hospital for many years.

In 1980 they moved back to Winner where Mildred had numerous interests. She enjoyed gardening, sharing her flowers with her neighbors, and working for Regis Inventory. After Ben died in 2002, Mildred became involved with Retired Teachers, Meals on Wheels, and volunteered at the Thrift Store in Winner for many years. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters.

After many years of caring for others, Mildred became unable to care for herself. She moved to Golden Prairie Manor the summer of 2016 and began spending her days working on puzzles, playing cards and bingo with her friends.

Her greatest love of all was her family. She taught her children to work hard, treat others with respect, look at the simple things in life, and always seek out the positive even in the toughest situations. Her face lit up whenever her grandchildren and great-grandchildren (the younger the better) entered the room.

Mildred died at Avera Maryhouse in Pierre, South Dakota on June 21, 2018. She felt blessed to have lived 91 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dave and Anna Coash; husband, Ben; son, Lonnie; daughter-in-law, Sue Brozik; son-in-law Rod Sperl; in-laws Mike and Katherine Brozik and many brothers and sisters-in-law.

Mildred is survived by her children: Dave (Bernadine) Brozik, Kathy (Jeff) Askew, Cheryl Sperl (Al Cerny); grandchildren: Amanda (Brady) Hanson, Chelsea (Patrick) Price, Caitlin Brozik, David Brozik, Ethan Brozik, Ainsley (Joe) Monize, Sean Askew, Avery Askew, Ben (Erica) Sperl and Samantha Sperl (Caleb DuFrane); ten great-grandchildren: Jocelyn and Silas Hanson, Owen Kahler, Emma and Gideon Brozik, Cullen Monize, Raegan and Rylie Sperl, Addyson and Anders DuFrane; sister, Florence Kirkpatrick and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Mildred was loved in life, and her memory will shine through those she has left behind.

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