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March 13, 1918 – Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Service Information
Montrose United Methodist Church
Saturday, October 12, 2013
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo
Friday, October 11, 2013
4-8 P.M.

Clara “Birdie” Mohring Hickman

Clara was born on March 13, 1918 and died October 9th, 2013.

She is preceded in death by her parents: Oggie & Elsie Mohring, husband: Milton, granddaughter: Katie, sisters: Mildred Lenz and Jo Anderson, brothers: Clinton & Alfred Mohring.

Clara is survived by her children: Jim (Joy), Bill (Debbie), Mike (Sharon) and Jan (John) Kanduth; grandchildren: Chuck (Denielle), Beau (Genevieve), Stephanie (Aaron), Blake and Jana; great grandchildren: Justin, Brenden and Sloane.

Clara graduated from Montrose High School in 1934 and Hamline University in 1938. She has been a lifelong member of The United Methodist Church of Montrose. Clara began her teaching career in LaPorte City, Iowa. She then moved to Braham, Minnesota where she taught and served as principal through the war years. In 1947, she married Milton and they settled and farmed in Montrose. In 1955, they purchased their dairy farm in Buffalo where they raised their family. In 1959 Clara went back to teaching in the Rockford Public Schools until her retirement in 1980. Clara and Milton were involved in many organizations and made friends everywhere they went. They traveled to major cities around the country for Wright Hennepin Electric, National Meetings and Milt’s Army reunions (Including a trip to Europe). Clara and Milt vacationed in Hawaii numerous times in their later years. Clara volunteered at the Buffalo Hospital, Parkview Care Center and The Wright County Historical Society. Clara moved to Park Terrace Assisted Living in 2007 and remained there until her death.

The family extends their sincere thanks to the staff of Park Terrace and Guardian Angels Elim Hospice for their loving care during Birdie’s final days.

9 Guestbook Entries

  1. Sue (Walters) Brown

    Mrs. Hickman was my 7th grade math teacher at Rockford High School. She was a wonderful storyteller and a kind person.

    Thank you, Mrs. Hickman, for so many years of service to many students!

  2. Ramona Schaeffer Fredin

    Braham High School Class of 1948 remembers Miss Mohring. She was the principal and an excellent one. We respected her very much. We just had our 65th class reunion and talked about the great times in Braham. Thank you Miss Mohring.

  3. Lynda (Jeske) Stromenger

    My heart felt sympathy to the children of “Birdie”. I have known her my whole life, she was a substitute teacher during my years at Buffalo High School, as well as a life long friend of the Jeske family from Montrose.
    May you rest in peace.

  4. Jackie Schlenker

    Birdie was my Aunt and I loved her dearly.

  5. Sandra Bechtol

    You have my deepest sympathy. I had her for my teacher in High School; she was a wonderful teacher.

  6. Sheila de Jong

    My husband James and I met Birdie and her husband Milt in Hawaii in 1997. We were all staying at the Ala Moana Hotel on Oahu and we struck up a friendship. My husband died on October 31,2011. A few years prior to that we visited with Birdie and Milt in their home and had a great visit to a German restaurant. I think the name of it was Gashaus zum Gemutlichkeit. After Milt died we always heard from Birdie at Christmas until recently. She was a friendly and lively person. I am glad we met when we did. I send my condolences to her family.

  7. Debi Nielsen

    My deepest sympathy to the family. I’m sorry I didn’t make it to the funeral. Mrs. Hickman was a great 7th grade teacher at Rockford HS. I remember seeing her around Buffalo and I would also call her by Mrs. Hickman, she always told me Deb you can call me Clara. My older siblings had her in school, too. She will be missed deeply.

  8. Nanette Thornton

    Loving children of dear “Birdie”,
    Thank you so much for sharing a part of your mother’s life with me. It was such an honor for me to get to know her. She showed me her gentle spirit and had many precious visits with me. In her latter part of her stay she greeted me every single morning waiting in the rocking chair. Her smile warmed my heart and got my day off to a great start. I would sit and hold her hand while she shared her plan for the day. I will cherish my moments with her forever. You are so blessed to have a special mother who cared deeply for you. I pray that those memories will continue to warm your hearts as you continue your walk on this earth. Thanks again for sharing.
    I will miss your mom and all of you as well. Take good care.
    In God’s love always!

  9. Heather Luakswicz

    Clara will be missed by friends and family; especially from Parkview Care Center. She was a really nice lady.


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