Mildred C. Balvin
Mildred C. Balvin Aug. 23, 1912 - Sept. 6, 2013
NEW LONDON - Mildred "Millie" Balvin, 101 of New London, died Friday, September 06, 2013 at the GlenOaks Care Center in New London. A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Peace Lutheran Church in New London. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in New London. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in New London.
Mildred "Millie" Catherine Balvin was born August 23, 1912 to Edward and Alma (Anderson) Widman near Claire City, South Dakota. She grew up on the family farm and attended a one-room schoolhouse through eighth grade. As the oldest of nine children she helped do chores, learned to become a wonderful cook and baker and looked after her younger siblings. On February 3, 1934, she married Albert Balvin who grew up on a neighboring farm. Al and Millie moved to Thief River Falls, Minnesota, where she was a housewife and Al farmed and drove truck. He later operated Balvin Implement until his death in 1990. Millie spent many hours on the road with Al and always had her crocheting bag with her she made beautiful doilies, potholders, and ornaments.
While in Thief River Falls, Millie was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the church circle. She also enjoyed birthday club/coffees with her many neighbors in Thief River and New London, where she moved in 1996.
Millie was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend known for her sweet, kind-hearted demeanor and playful sense of humor. She will always be remembered for her gift of baking and cooking, especially her lefse, cinnamon rolls, cookies, fruit soup, and homemade noodles, to name a few. Over the years, Millie spent countless hours with her grandchildren and great-children talking and playing dice, card games and dominoes. Millie and her daughter Elaine were well-known at the Glen Oaks care center for their daily dice games, which Millie almost always won. She would jokingly call anyone who would join their games "outsiders."
In 1983 after the passing of their mother, Millie and her five sisters began a tradition of yearly visits. They enjoyed almost 30 years of these two-week get-togethers laughing, sharing stories, playing cards and games, and enjoying Millies cooking.
Mildred "Millie" Balvin died Friday, September 6, 2013 at the GlenOaks Care Center in New London at the age of 101. She is survived by daughters Shirley (Roger) Dorn of Dana Point, CA, and Elaine Gjerde of New London, MN; grandchildren Mark Dorn, Sandy (Michael) Dorn-Ferrandino, Cathy Dorn, Michael Dorn, Ann (Joel) Scalzo, Julie (Roy) Snell, and John (Chris) Vraa; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and sisters Edna Lenz of Hayfield, MN, Esther Bisset of Fresno, CA, and LaVonne "Dolly" Fernicola of Barnegut, NJ. Millie was preceded in death by her husband Albert; sisters Mae Widman (in infancy), Pearl Crandall and Irene Hendren; brothers Edward and James Widman; and sons-in-law Sid Vraa and Cecil Gjerde.