Sunset North Funeral Home

910 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, TX


Mildred Louise (Gruben) Thieme

11 juin , 193619 juillet , 2019
Visionner la présentation hommage

Mildred Louise (Gruben) Thieme went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 19, 2019. Mildred was born on June 11, 1936, in Aspermont, Texas, to Danie and Pearl Gruben. She was the fifth of seven children. Danie and Pearl set godly examples for their children, raising them on biblical principles, always trusting God to provide for their needs. The family were cotton farmers in Rotan, Texas and active members of Cross Roads Baptist Church.

The summer of 1950, Mildred visited her sister Carol, in Corpus Christi, Texas. She got a job as a cashier at H.E. Butt Grocery Company. One night she needed a ride home from work, Bert offered her a ride home, which led to their first date and many dates after that. Bert and Mildred married October 18, 1952 at Cross Roads Baptist Church in Rotan Texas. Bert was 18 and Mildred was 16.

After Mildred graduated from W. B. Ray High School, she became a telephone switchboard operator with Southwestern Bell. She worked in various positions throughout the company and served for 21 years. She worked as an insurance clerk for many years and was a dedicated worker who was greatly loved and appreciated.

In her retirement, Mildred found her new calling. She was a very talented seamstress, crochet artist and all around crafter. Through her church, she loved and ministered to many, many people during their illness and hospital stay. She and her sister, Carol, served together by bringing a cheerful smile, a gift that they had crafted, words of encouragement and their prayers. Heaven only knows how many lives they touched through this ministry!

Bert and Mildred were married for 66 years, 4 months, and 15 days. She was a wonderful helpmate to him. They spent very little time apart. They instilled Christian values in their children by reading the Bible, spending time in prayer, and serving wherever God led them. They lived the first 64 years of their marriage in Corpus Christi, Texas. They moved to San Antonio in January of 2017. They were members of Shearer Hills Baptist Church.

She loved Jesus Christ and gave testimony of the strength and love that she received from Him. Mildred loved her friends well and they loved her. She never knew a stranger. She was kind and friendly to everyone that she met.

Mildred loved her family and was very proud of each one of them. She especially enjoyed her roles as Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. She attended their sporting events, parties, graduations and weddings. She was always looking for ways to show her love to them.

Mildred was proceeded in death by her parents, Danie and Pearl Gruben, her brother, Lindsey Gruben, brother, Eugene Gruben, sister, Irene Clawson and her beloved husband, Bert.

She is survived by two sons, Larry Thieme (wife Karen), Bert Thieme, Jr., both of Corpus Christi; and daughter Sandra Bradbury (husband Gerald), from San Antonio; sister Carol Edwards of Corpus Christi; sister Loneta Williams of Longview; and brother D. Laveral Gruben, (wife Alice) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Mildred and Bert had 8 grandchildren: Michael Thieme (wife Sarah); Brian Thieme (wife Amber); Johnny Thieme (wife Sasha); Greg Thieme (wife Theron); Sarah Speegle (husband Zachary); Mark Bradbury; Joshua Thieme; and Katherine Thieme. Mildred’s grandsons will be the pallbearers.

The couple also shared 14 great-grandchildren; Olivia Kies, Bode Thieme, Brynlee Thieme, Brylee Thieme, Elijah Williams Thieme, Soniya Williams Thieme, BrayLynn Williams Thieme, Juliana Thieme, Liam Thieme, Mikaela Speegle, Elijah Speegle, Josiah Speegle, Samuel Speegle and Talitha Speegle.


  • Michael Thieme
  • Brian Thieme
  • Johnny Thieme
  • Greg Thieme
  • Mark Bradbury
  • Joshua Thieme
  • Zachary Speegle


  • Family Receiving Friends lundi, 29 juillet , 2019
  • Family Receiving Friends mardi, 30 juillet , 2019
  • Celebration of Life mardi, 30 juillet , 2019
  • Graveside Service mardi, 30 juillet , 2019


Mildred Louise (Gruben) Thieme


Gerald Bradbury

14 octobre , 2019

I remember that mom was always looking out for her kids and she accepted the kids that married into the family as her own as well. She was always gracious and wanted to make sure you were taken care of with something to eat or drink or the prime chair in the living room.

When it came to her grand kids and her great grand kids you never saw more joy on anyone else's face as you saw on hers. She spoke proudly of each one of them. It was a special treat to see her when her first grand daughter was born. The smile on her face was bigger than the state of Texas.

She truly treasured her family.

Larry Thieme

9 août , 2019

We will miss you Mother...but you're not suffering anymore. You are with Daddy, Grandpa/Grandma Gruben, Grandpa/Mamma Thieme and all the rest of our family members in Heaven... we will all meet again in Heaven someday.

Sandra Bradbury

1 août , 2019

Things I Learned From My Mother

How to be devoted.
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. (Romans 12:10)

She was a devoted mother. She always took care of the needs of her children above herself.

She was a devoted friend. She loved her friends and loved sharing a meal or making a gift for them.

She was a devoted wife. She loved my dad and cared for him with all that she had.

How to have fun!
A cheerful heart is good medicine! (Proverbs 17:22)

Mother loved to play games, laugh and watch her sports teams. She loved to be with family and friends. She especially loved being with her grandkids and great grandkids.

How to turn what you love to do into ministry. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. ( Eccl. 9:10)
She loved people, had compassion for them and loved to be creative with crafts. She took those loves, and found a way to serve others in Jesus’ name.

Trust in the Lord and pray always.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. (Proverbs 3:5)

Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Mother, like all of us, had her share of good times, hard times, sorrow and joy throughout her life. She taught us to trust God in all things and to pray always. Through every situation, God showed His faithfulness with His presence and answers to those prayers.

I miss my Mother dearly. I will always carry the things she taught me in my heart.

I love you Mother!

Joyce Lemma

26 juillet , 2019

The Thieme family lived next door to us for at least 50 years and in all that time our families have been close friends. Mildred was a sweet, kind and always ready to help anyone who needed help. I was fascinated by her crafting ideas and the work she did. She was so faithful in raising her children and taking care of Bert when he was ill. Always with that smile on her face! Loved this lady and my life and those that knew her have been enriched by her. She is now reaping her just rewards, happily reunited with the love of her life, Bert!

Sue Hartley

24 juillet , 2019

I will never forget fixing gingerbread for Bubba, my x-husband Larry and Melvin for when they got off work at HEB on a Saturday night. So sorry for your loss. Mildred was a wonderful person. I was blessed to know her.

Robin Sellman

24 juillet , 2019

Mrs. Thieme was my neighbor for many years. More than that, she was the mother of and raised one of my dearest friends. She was a beautiful soul, and her smile and giggles were so precious and filled a room. I will treasure growing up with her in my life. Blessings, comfort, and peace to Sandra and the rest of the family ❤️