Rehberger, Mildred Elizabeth 1
- Born: Oct 29, 1916, Lebanon, St. Clair, Illinois, USA
- Marriage: Witzig, Edward F on Oct 10, 1949 in Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai, Idaho, USA
- Died: May 19, 1999, O'Fallon, St. Clair, Illinois, USA at age 82
- Buried: Arlington, Arlington, Virginia, USA
Mildred had been all over the world as often is the case with the wife of an Air Force career man.
1993 - Mildred Rehberger Witzig came to visit us from 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 3 and left at 3:00 pm on Friday March 5. She had flown to Orlando, rented a red sports car, drove to Venice for a reunion of her late husband's old group, and had some friends in Nokomis to spend time with. I had traced her whereabouts in order to get genealogical data on her family. Her mother was my father's sister. She complied immediately, from Annandale, Virginia, where she was living in 1991.
She didn't unerstand a lot of the genealogy that I had sent her. I tried to clarify a lot of things, and she said she understood it better when she left.
Gene immediately christened her "Motor Mouth" and she deserves the name. She talks a lot about the military because her husband was a career military man & is buried in Arlington Nat'l Cemetary. She also talks a lot about politics, too much. Now I understand why Mom called Ralph a "Windbag."
Mildred said that she always makes sure that everything she buys was made in the States. She showed me her sweater blouse and the label which said it was cotton. I noticed the label also said "Made in France." She said: "But the cotton came from the States."
She offered to take me to lunch the second day, to a nice place. So I chose the Lock & Key, across the road from Englewood Beach. After lunch, I asked if she would like to go to the beach. She agreed. I suggested we take off our shoes & socks, but she said no. She got interested in collectiong sea shells & was quiet for an hour and a half doing that. The bad part was she got her good leater walking shoes & socks wet because she didn’t retreat fast enough when a wave came in. She spent that evening and the next day trying to dry out her shoes.
She talked a lot about her husband being a Major and serving in World War II and the Korean War. I thought I would throw in the fact that Donald was a Lieutenant in the Vietnam War and went through Officers Candidate School. She asked me how long it took him to go through O.C.S. I said I thought it was nine months. She said that he husband was with the group that went through O.C.S.in ninety days. That’s why they were called the “Ninety Day Wonders.”
We stopped at Beall’s Outlet on the way home from the beach. I asked if she would like to browse. She said: “No, I don’t need any bras.”
She had a stroke about 1995. Her brother Omar & wife Doris tried to care for her for a time. On May ,21, 1996 Celie & Norman and Gene and I went to see her, as well as MaryWangelin, at O’Fallon Health Care Center. She had a private nurse and was apparently bedfast. She died there on May 19, 1999. She is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Mildred Haas Fellin
Mildred married Edward F Witzig on Oct 10, 1949 in Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai, Idaho, USA. (Edward F Witzig died on May 13, 1984 and was buried in Arlington, Arlington, Virginia, USA.)