Mrs. Mildred Theresa Laurie, age 98, of Brooksville, FL, died Fri., Jan. 15, 2021 in Brooksville. Millie was born June 5, 1922, to the late John and Helen Brege and was raised in Belknap Twp., Presque Isle County, MI. She graduated from Rogers City High School and then moved to Detroit where she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter”, helping in the production of the B-24 Liberator Bombers flown in WWII. On July 21, 1945 she married Tom Laurie in Rogers City. They made their home on their Cedar Run Rd. farm, south of Gagetown. For over 35 years they wintered in their Valleydale Estates home in Zephyrhills, FL. After Tom’s death in 2006, Millie moved to the Fl home to live full time. In later years she lived with her daughter, Jane in Brooksville and her final years were spent living at The Grande in Brooksville. Millie was a busy farm wife, who was an avid flower gardener in her spare time. When she became a grandma, she and grandpa Tom provided many years of fond memories for their grandsons on the farm. Together, she and Tom loved to entertain family and friends at their home, and their favorite activity was a good game of pinochle or euchre. During the winter, they enjoyed the many social events at Valleydale, including musical entertainment, often provided by Tom at the piano, parties and dancing at the clubhouse and of course, card playing.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Larsen of Midland, MI and jane (Dennis) Tank of Brooksville, FL, six grandsons, Brian Wissner, Scott (Lynda) Wissner, David (Dana) Wissner, Sgt. Dennis L. Tank, Jason Tank and Justin Tank, great grandchildren, Thomas (Haley) Wissner, Dereck Shedlowsky, Daniel Wissner, Autumn Wissner, Olivia Wissner, Jacob Tank, Alex Tank, Alyssa Tank and Taylor Tank, a sister-in-law, Dorothy Brege of Falmouth, MA and sever nieces and nephews. Millie was preceded in death Her parents, her siblings, Grace (Melvin) Duquette, Lorene (Ted) Reed, Earl (Ilene) Brege and Melvin Brege, her daughter-in-law, Jenniffer Wissner and son-in-law, Nels Larsen. Millie was a member of the former Gagetown United Methodist Church.
A private, graveside service for her immediate family will be held in the near future.
Those desiring to make a memorial donation in Millie’s memory are asked to consider the Alzheimer’s Association. Contributions can be made online or mailed to: Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
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