Mildred W. “Millie” Hecht, age 93, of Highland, passed away Sunday, February 8 at Faith Countryside Homes/Faith Care Center in Highland. Funeral services for 93 year old Mildred W. “Millie” Hecht will be Friday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in Highland. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to Hope Lutheran Church, Hospice of Southern Illinois, or VFW Post 5694.
Millie was born December 3, 1921, in Golden Eagle, Illinois, to George C. and Mary Ella Wieneke. Later her family moved to Brussels, IL; where she grew up. Millie moved to St. Louis, MO, to attend LPN school. After graduating, she worked as a private duty nurse. Millie also worked at Carter Carburetor at the beginning of WWII. On her 21st Birthday (1942), she joined the WAAC which later became the WAC (Women Army Corp). After basic training and specialist school at Des Moines, IA, she was assigned to recruiting duty at Buffalo, NY and Niagara Falls, NY. After WWII ended, Millie was reassigned to duty at Fort Dix, NY. On January 4, 1946, she was discharged and returned to St. Louis, MO.
While in the service, Millie met Reinhardt (Reiny) Hecht in New York City. Reiny was also in the army and had served overseas. Reiny arrived back in the states on March 10, 1946, and they were married at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Brussels on May 4, 1946. They lived in Lansing and Alton, IL, before moving to Highland after buying the Ford dealership in 1955. Millie was a homemaker but also worked with Reiny in the office at Hecht Ford Sales. After selling the dealership in 1967, she worked at Seitz Jewelry for many years. Reiny preceded her in death on October 16, 2001.
Millie was a member of Hope Lutheran Church. In her earlier years she loved being a Sunday School teacher and working with the teenagers at Hope. She was a past President of the VFW Post 5694 Ladies Auxiliary, past president of the VFW Madison County council, past President of VFW 12th District, served as color bearer for the VFW Auxiliary Department of Illinois, and a member of the Highland American Legion Auxiliary 439.
Millie is survived by a son – Gregory G. Hecht, Guntersville, AL; a daughter – Suzanne H. (Brent) DeWitt, Springfield, IL; five grandchildren – Christopher P. (Bridget) DeWitt, Mahomet, IL; Stephanie L. (Jason) Sukut, Springfield, IL; Nathaniel B. (Jamie) DeWitt, Maryville, IL; Janelle R. (Michael) Kloos, Trenton, IL; Colin G. (Catherine Byers) Hecht, Colorado Springs, CO; six great grandchildren – Dylan P. DeWitt, Mahomet, IL; Kaitlyn N. DeWitt, Mahomet, IL; Megan B. DeWitt, Mahomet, IL; Kylee A. Sukut, Springfield, IL; Logan S. Sukut, Springfield, IL; Macy L. Sukut, Springfield, IL; one sister in-law – Alby Wieneke of Hardin, IL; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by: Father – George C. Wieneke; Mother – Mary Ella Wieneke, nee Krause; Husband – Reinhardt Otto “Reiny” Hecht died 10/10/2001; Daughter – Phyllis Hecht died as an infant; Brothers – Virgil Wieneke; Russell Wieneke; Ralph Wieneke; Sister In-laws- Elsie Wieneke; Mary Wieneke
Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home
1501 Ninth at Lemon Street
Highland, IL 62249