Mildred M. ‘Millie’ (Hancock) McNeil
July 5, 1928 - Nov. 7, 2006
Mildred M. "Millie" (Hancock) McNeil, 78, of Hartland, died peacefully at home surrounded by the love of her family Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, of complications from a 10-year struggle with Alzheimer’s.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Donald L. McNeil; sisters, Patricia Manley of Hartland and Betty Lobenstein of Friendship; and brother, Herbert J. (Verna) Hancock of Hartland. She is further survived by her sister-in-law, Audrey E. (Robert) McNeil of Whitewater; brother-in-law, James E. (Jean) McNeil of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert A. and Eleanor M. (Dankert) Hancock, and by a sister, Kathleen.
Millie was born, raised and lived her entire life in Hartland. She graduated from Hartland High School in 1946. She enjoyed being a cheerleader during her high school days and she also worked as a waitress at Haselow’s Inn (now Palmer’s) all through high school. She was the school’s homecoming queen in 1945. She met her future husband while both were Hartland High School students: she a sophomore, he a senior. They were married at St. Charles Catholic Church in Hartland in 1950.
After high school, Millie worked at the Boston Store in Milwaukee. In 1954, she began working for I. Jacobs & Sons, a men’s and women’s clothing store located in downtown Hartland. She worked as the women’s department manager and buyer until 1965. From 1978 until she retired in 1994, she worked with her husband at Executive Director Inc. in Milwaukee.
In Hartland, Millie was involved in a variety of community service activities. From 1954 to 1960, she served as neighborhood chairwoman for the Hartland Community Chest, and in 1961 when the Community Chest merged with the Greater Milwaukee United Way, as Lake Country neighborhood chairwoman until 1963. She served as a campaign volunteer until 1969.
Her favorite activity was Hartland’s American Legion Auxiliary, of which she was a 57-year member and past president. She served as the unit’s memorial poppy campaign chairwoman for nearly 20 years, retiring in 1999. She also was the longtime chairwoman of the auxiliary’s Junior Auxiliary program. She was among the members of the auxiliary’s marching unit, which was organized in 1982. The unit won first place in the state legion marching competition in 1983, ‘84 and ‘85. She continued to march with the unit in Memorial Day and Independence Day parades until 1998, when Alzheimer’s disease began eroding her ability to walk in cadence.
She was a lifelong member of St. Charles Catholic Church where she received the sacraments of baptism, reconciliation, first communion, confirmation, marriage and anointing of the sick. There will be visitation 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at St. Charles Catholic Church, 313 Circle Drive, Hartland. A Mass of Christian burial will follow visitation. She will be buried in St. Charles cemetery.
Special thanks to family and friends for their support, especially to her pew neighbors at St. Charles; to the staff at Margrit Meier’s Hartland Inn; and most of all, to her loving caregiver team, Patricia Manley, Geraldine (Manley) Baran, Debra (Manley) Elger and Wendy (Baran) Yates.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Millie’s name can be sent to the St. Charles Catholic Church building fund; the American Legion Auxiliary, P.O. Box 401, Hartland, WI 53029; or the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, 6130 W. National Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53214.
Evert-Luko Funeral Home of Hartland, 367-2156, is serving the family.