Mildred (Milly) Summerfelt Niemann of Vaughn died at home surrounded by family, April 3, 2018. She was born Nov. 1, 1924, in Grapeview. The family later moved to Longbranch and Milly graduated from Vaughn Union High School in 1942. She married Maxwell (Axel) Niemann in 1943 and moved to Vaughn.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Axel, who died in 1970; her brothers, Don and Earl; and her sisters, Thelma, Janette and Dorothy. 

Survivors include her three sons, Gary (Kathy), Don (Nadine) and Mike (Sally); six grandchildren and one great-grandson. Niemann has one surviving sibling, Linnea Lind (Don), and numerous nieces and nephews.

Niemann worked as an evergreen brush packer for many years. She joined the women’s firefighter group in 1973. She loved to dance and was involved with the Twilight Dance Club. She also belonged to a card club with a group of ladies who loved to play pinochle. 

She was a wonderful hostess of many family get-togethers, from holidays to clam tides, where the whole family would dig geoducks, cook them up and have a feast. Niemann was a great cook and always made everyone feel welcome at her home. She was forever ready for a game of pinochle or cribbage with anyone willing to play. 

The family held a private celebration of her life, as Milly requested. 

Thomas Donald Rolfzen
Lawrence “Lorry” Jopp