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Mildred Herman Hawk


June 1, 2010


Mildred Kathern Herman Depo Hawk, 96, of Danville PA passed away Sunday evening, May 30th at Bloomsburg Healthcare Center Bloomsburg PA.  She was born February 15, 1914 in Montour County, Pennsylvania the oldest child of Margaret Ellen Kashner and Morgan John Herman.  In addition, she had seven siblings.   

As a child, she lived with her family on a farm in Frosty Valley.  Her family later moved to and lived on a farm near the helipad of the Geisinger Hospital.  The family then moved to a dairy farm on Ridge Road where her mother and father ran a dairy business.   

She attended elementary school in Danville PA and the Mahoning Cooper Elementary School.  She left school at the age of 13 to work in the Danville Silk Mill to help support her family. 

Mildred married Wilbur Leon Depo with whom she had three children; Betty Depo Miller, Robert Depo and Gerald Depo.  Also surviving are eight grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.  She later married Ralph Hawk who had three children, Ralph Hawk, Betty Hawk Klinger and Robert Hawk.  Also surviving are seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  Mildred also had an extended family; Douglas Hidlay, Jim Hidlay and William Hidlay through her sonís marriage to Carol Hidlay. 

In addition to her work at the Danville Silk Mill, she was employed as a weaver at Bloom Mills.  She was also employed at Geisinger Hospital until she retired.  In her retirement, she volunteered at the March of Dimes in Espy.  Mildred received many awards and citations throughout her life.  She considered her greatest achievement to be the education of her children and grandchildren.  Since she did not receive a higher level of formal education herself due to the Depression and the difficulty of the times for her family, she made sure her children had the opportunity to obtain and to take part in all educational endeavors.  She made many sacrifices for her parents and her own family.  She was a single mother working the afternoon shift at Bloom Mills, missing many opportunities to see or to be active in most of her childrenís activities.  She was extremely proud of all their accomplishments.  You never heard her despair about her lot in life.  When times were tough she rolled up her sleeves and got things done.  Mildred was extremely loyal to all of her friends and enjoyed all the many activities she experienced with them.  She will be missed by her family and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Graveside service to be held Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 12:00 Noon at Odd Fellows Cemetery 1350 Bloom Street with the Reverend Allen F. Acor officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the March of Dimes 1275 Mamaroneck Ave. White Plains NY  10605 ATTN:  DRFR

Arrangements are under the directions of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 W Mahoning Street Danville PA. www.visneski.com


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