Mildred Genevieve was born on October 4, 1927, to Frank and Martha (Pick) Foecke on the family farm near Crofton, Nebraska. She was the second of twelve children. She was baptized at Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Crofton. She attended Saint Rose School for several years and then country school, as the family moved to other farms. She attended Holy Trinity High School in Hartington, Nebraska. During the summers she helped area families with small children and babies. She graduated in 1944. Mildred had earned a Certified Rural Teachers Certificate. She was only fifteen when she began teaching. At the start of her third year, she met a young man roller skating, his name was Robert Cogdill. They were married on July 10, 1948, at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Bob farmed with his father near Coleridge for a number of years. In 1952, the couple moved to Panama, Iowa, with their three children, soon after, there were five more children. These were busy years, milking cows, raising chickens and gardening.
Mildred was active with church and school activities. Bob and Mildred tried bowling, square dancing and loved to tour the country. In 1972, they moved to the Dunlap farm. Mildred worked in the Religious Education and served on the church council. In 1995, they moved to Dunlap and Bob continued to farm while Mildred became more active in church. She was also able to attended more of the grandkid’s activities. She loved going to the lake home in Minnesota.
Mildred died on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at the Burgess Hospital in Onawa at the age of 92 years, four months and 14 days.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; son, Edwin Cogdill; twin grandsons, Ryan and Bryan; and seven siblings, Harold Foecke, Genevieve Owens, Delores Lintel, Ralph Foecke, Sr. Rhoda Foecke, Dennis Foecke, Irene Goeken. She is survived by her husband, Robert of Dunlap, Iowa; seven children, Sam (Sue) Cogdill, Pat (Joyce) Cogdill all of Dunlap, Doris (Patrick) Montang of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tim (Susan) Cogdill of Dunlap, Tony (Linda) Cogdill of Panama, Frank (JoEtt) Cogdill of Dunlap, Martha (Richard) Rose of Dunlap; daughter-in-law, Barbara Cogdill of Ankeny; twenty-two grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; over 50 great-grandchildren; four siblings, Jerome (Carolyn) Foecke of Dassel, Minnesota, Geralda (Charles) Tramp of Crofton, Nebraska, Mary Davis of Denver, Colorado, Barbara (Charles) Macdonald of Florida; many nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
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