Mildred Derauf, 85

Mildred Marilynne (Mixa, Lehrer) Derauf, 85, of Minneapolis, formerly of Montgomery, passed away Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at Augustana Nursing Home in Apple Valley. 

Visitation will be held on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Montgomery.

Mildred was born on May 19, 1928, to Francis and Emma (Erkel) Gibbs in Le Sueur County. She went to country school, graduated from Le Center High School, and from Hamline University. She was also a post graduate in Duluth. 

She married Raymond Mixa on November 18, 1950. He preceded her in death in 1979. She married Dr. Alfred Lehrer on September 19, 1981. He preceded her in death in 1990. She married Ben I. Derauf on July 17, 1996. 

Mildred worked as a Medical Technologist for the VA Hospital in Minneapolis, Family Medical Center in Montgomery, and Queen of Peace Hospital in New Prague.

She was very active in St. John Lutheran Church in Montgomery. She taught Sunday School, sang in the church choir and played piano. She was a member of the University of Minnesota Extension group. She enjoyed playing bridge, loved to travel, was an avid reader and a fabulous baker who loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by husband Ben I. Derauf; children Candy (Bill) Marx of Mazeppa, Scott (Marlene) Mixa of Grand Rapids, Steve (Gretchen) Mixa of Apple Valley; grandchildren Amy Mixa of New York, NY, Tyler Mixa of Boulder, CO, Sophia Mixa and Jared Mixa both of Apple Valley; brother Jim (Adelyne) Gibbs of Grand Forks, ND; sisters-in-law Patty Gibbs of Le Center and Mable White of Des Moines, IA.; brother-in-law, Kermit Klefsaas of Brooklyn Center, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, step-children and step-grandchildren.

Mildred is preceded in death by her first and second husbands, parents, and siblings Donald Gibbs and Marilyn Klefsaas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Kids Alive International, Hamline University or St. John Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. For more information, call 507-364-7929 or visit

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