Mildred Rodkey, affectionately known as "Aunt Mim," died yesterday at the age of 87. She was the aunt of two of the sisters in my community (who are also blood sisters). She had a massive stroke last Saturday evening and was in the hospital since then. She always went to the Saturday evening Mass, so her Mass last weekend was almost the last thing she did before the stroke.
Aunt Mim was a great old lady--a generous benefactor to our community who always sent cookies, fruitcake and other baked goods every Christmas. She lived together with Grams (the sisters' mother) and their brother Joe for many years. She never married but helped Grams raise her large family. She was one of those people who are the "salt of the earth," with their quiet, hidden, hard-working and dedicated lives. She kept up with current events, loved to watch Fox news, and always supported the pro-life cause.
I knew her well and feel really bad, since she and Grams were almost like second mothers to me. Grams is still going strong at 93, but please pray for her as this is a big loss.