Mildred (Saari) Tapio-Shrode, age 93, of Buffalo, formerly of Delano, passed away Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, at Park View Care Center in Buffalo.
She was born Aug. 24, 1921, in Kingston, the daughter of Frank and Johanna (Ruonola) Saari.
Mildred grew up on the family farm with her seven brothers and two sisters. She graduated from Litchfield High School in 1941.
Mildred married John Tapio Nov. 7, 1941, and they were blessed with five children.
Mildred served as a Cub Scout leader, and a leader in 4-H. She was a volunteer driver for Wright County for people who needed to go to the doctor, she sang in the choir, was a receptionist at the Senior Center in Delano, a past president of the Wright County Senior Clubs, and the Democratic chairwoman of Wright County.
She enjoyed traveling to Sweden two different times with her brothers.
Her husband, John, passed away in 1973. Mildred married Leroy Shrode Dec. 20, 1975, and they moved from Cokato to Delano.
In addition to her husband, John, Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; husband Leroy Shrode; and son David Tapio.
She is survived by her children, John (Sue) Tapio, Daniel Tapio, Mary Reardon, and Thomas (Jody) Tapio; grandchildren Nickolas (Randi) Tapio, Mianna Tapio, Marissa Dibba, John (Elizabeth) Reardon, Molly Reardon, Chelsie (Kim Joe) Sham, and Cameron Tapio; great-grandchildren Thomas, Isaiah, Ashley, Joshua, Elijah and Momodou; brother Albert (Mary Lou); sister-in-law Lila Tapio-Ryti; step-children; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services took place Saturday, Nov. 8 at 11 a.m at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo with Pastor Orval Wirkkala officiating. Interment was at Cokato Finnish Cemetery.
There was visitation at the chapel one hour prior to the services.
Honorary casket bearers were Thomas Reardon, Isaiah Davis, Ashley Tapio, Joshua Tapio, Elijah Schmidt, and Momodou Dibba.
Casket bearers were Nickolas Tapio, Mianna Tapio, Marissa Dibba, John Reardon, Molly Reardon, Chelsie Sham, and Cameron Tapio.
The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo assisted the family with arrangements.