Mildred Ann Reiter (nee Eichholz), 100, passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Washington. She was born on February 8, 1919, in Concord Hill to the late Herman and Frances (nee Sickmann) Eichholz. Mildred loved to stay busy and had an enormous love of life, she began working at the shoe factory in Washington as soon as she was able to as a teenager and stayed until the factory closed in 1970. She married the late August “Bob” Buhr on February 6, 1937, and together they had two children, Ron and Carol. Bob died in 1970, and she married the late George Parmentier in 1971, to whom she was married until his death in 1973. In 1979, she was united in marriage to the late Nicholas Reiter, who preceded her in death in 1993. Additionally, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Agnes Eichholz and Clara Gross. Mildred enjoyed the company of a large community of family and friends, but everyone always knew that when there was a Cardinals baseball game on, she was tuned in and cheering on her team, no matter what else was going on. Throughout her life she was a skilled and talented seamstress, quilter, and embroiderer, creating beautiful clothing and dresses for her family and commissioned for sale to others. She loved to bowl on several local and traveling leagues, was an excellent squirrel hunter, and enjoyed playing the slots on the riverboats. She also loved fishing and always knew the right bait or lure to use to catch crappie, no matter the time of year, temperature, or water and would often spend at least 3 months of the year on the lake doing just that.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church at 10 am. Interment will follow at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 22, from 4 until 7 pm at Nieburg-Vitt, Miller Funeral Home, 1206 Jefferson St., Washington, Missouri 63090. Memorial donations are appreciated to Heartland Hospice or Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
Mildred is survived by two children, Ron Buhr and wife Barbara of Villa Ridge and Carol Parmentier and husband Clarence of Washington; six grandchildren, Steve Buhr, Michelle Steimann, Deanna Godat, Annette Eckerle, Donna Boland, and Theresa Duckett; thirteen great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; many additional relatives by marriage and friends.
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