Mildred Lou Cordes

February 3, 1938December 29, 2020

PEKIN ~ Mildred Lou “Millie” Cordes, 82, of Pekin, passed away at 7:21 p.m. Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at her home.

Born February 3, 1938 in Tazewell County, she was the daughter of Lawrence G. and Fannie E. (Stauthammer) Cordes. Her parents preceded her in death. She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Anna Marie Wagner and Martha L. “Mert” Nelms and one nephew, Kevin Wagner.

Surviving are one niece, Pamela Buerkett of Pekin and five nephews, Randy (Barb) Nelms, Larry (Janet) Nelms, both of Pekin, Harold Wagner of Atlanta, Georgia, Greg (Deb) Wagner and Jeff (Wendy) Wagner, both of Des Moines, Iowa and many great nieces and nephews.

Millie worked at Caterpillar, Inc. for 33 years as an order analyst, retiring 2000.

She was a charter member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Pekin, where she was a former Sunday school teacher and member of the Concordia Society. She also served the church as an usher and as a former secretary of the church council.

Millie loved traveling.

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pekin. Pastor Simeon D. Raddatz will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before the funeral Thursday at the church. Guidelines regarding social distancing and masks will be followed. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Pekin.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 700 South 4th Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

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21 January

Funeral Service

10:30 am

Trinity Lutheran Church

700 South 4th Street
Pekin, Illinois 61554


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Lynn Wyatt

January 15, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Our family always enjoyed talking to Millie at church. She always had a friendly smile and hello every time we seen her. Sincerely Wyatt and Weyhrich Family

Mary Dene Etter

January 14, 2021

I'm still trying to figure out how we will all survive without Millie's laugh and fun attitude. We spent so many lovely vacations in New York City, and were looking forward to more. Loving and missing you, my friend!

Shirley Funkhouser

January 12, 2021

Millie trained me on my first job at Cat and we remained friends from that time on. In later years, she was part of a group of retired lunch buddies. She was one of the truly nicest people you could ever know. She will be missed.

Debbie Henkins

January 12, 2021

I worked with Millie at Morton Cat, which was a pleasure. She was a lovely lady and a friend to many. She will be missed.

Susan J Kyle

January 11, 2021

We are so sorry to learn of Millie's passing. She was a very nice woman. It was our honor to have served her.
Take Care
Sue Kyle and Team
Kyle's Care at Home

Val Springborn

January 10, 2021

Millie was "one of a kind!" She was a special friend to my mom since high school and then became a friend of mine over the years. She even played matchmaker to my husband and I which earned her the duty of guestbook attendant at our wedding! Millie brought a smile and always a laugh to so many. She will truly be missed! Well done, good & faithful servant!

Tami Brutlag

January 10, 2021

Millie Cordes was my mother's cousin, Wanda Ripper Stawbridge. Her mom, Fannie, and my grandmother Emma, were sisters. I have many memories of growing up and playing Uno with Millie, Martha, Aunt Fannie, Grandma Ripper, and my mom. So many laughs and stories were shared. I also remember sharing stories and meals at different restaurants in Pekin with Millie. Millie was always such fun and a joy to be around; she had the best laugh and enjoyed life. I will remember you fondly.

Paul & Linda Robertson

January 9, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of Millie's passing. She was a very caring person & will be missed by many. We're keeping you all in thought & prayer.

Scott Smith

January 9, 2021

Millie will always be in our hearts. She retired the same year we moved into the neighborhood. She always had a smile and a kind word to say. I can still see her fiddling around in her yard tending to her flowers. She will be greatly missed.

Bobbi Prather

January 9, 2021

Special memories of Millie will be with me and each who loved her. She had a heart of gold.