Mildred Lien

Mildred Lien

  • Funeral Date: 8/12/16
  • Funeral Time: 1-4 pm
  • Date of Birth: 11/29/22
  • Date of Death: 7/09/16
  • Funeral Location: Bierman Funeral Home


Mildred “Millie” Lien, was born on November 29, 1922 in Willow City, ND to Erick and Grace (Elsberry) Schultz. Millie was a 1940 graduate of Bottineau High School. She furthered her education at Minot Teachers College which is where she met her husband Elton. They later married on April 19, 1943 in Spokane, WA. Together they spent 47 years of marriage before Elton passed away in 1991.

Soon after graduating from Teachers College, Elton was deployed as a Lieutenant Colonel in WWII. During the war Millie worked as a kindergarten teacher in Towner, ND. When Elton returned home from the South Pacific they moved to Princeton and later made their home in Northfield. Millie taught for several years in Northfield and became director of the Northfield Nursery School for 15 years.

In retirement Millie and Elton spent time traveling to Florida and Arizona for the winters. Millie had many hobbies that ranged from gardening to playing the piano, writing children’s stories and gourmet cooking. She especially enjoyed the time she spent with her family and friends.

On Saturday morning, July 9, 2016, Millie passed away at the Evergreen Lodge on the campus of the Northfield Retirement Community. A gathering of family and friends will be on Friday, August 12, 2016, from 1-4 PM at the Bierman Funeral Home. Burial in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Memorials are preferred to the Northfield Public Library or Prairie’s Edge Animal Humane Society.

Survivors include, son, Lindsey (MaryEllen) Lien of Excelsior; daughter, Betsy Lien of St. Paul; two brothers Richard Schultz and Donald Schultz; one sister Geraldine Bakken; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother John Schultz; sister Pauline Vig.

Arrangements are with the Bierman Funeral Home in Northfield.




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