Rotary Club of Racine Founders

Farewell to Racine's first female Rotarian.......

Posted by Tom Leuenberger on Dec 12, 2017

The Rotary newsletter rarely runs obituaries. This is a special case however. Mildred was the first female to be a member of a Racine Rotary Club. It is also noteworthy that she was born in 1917. As we all recall from the wonderful centennial celebrations that our club had these past few months 1917 was the founding of Rotary in Racine.


Schroth, Mildred H.

Mildred H. Schroth, 100, formerly of Racine, died on Monday, December 4, 2017, at Fond du Lac Lutheran Home, where she resided for the last number of years.

She was born on June 17, 1917, in Roselle, Illinois, the daughter of Arthur and Frieda Schumacher Stellhorn. On August 8, 1942, she married Gerhard Schroth, in Milwaukee.

Mildred was a longtime member of Emmaus Lutheran Church in Racine and served for many years as their church secretary. She was the first female Rotary member in Racine as well as the longtime secretary for the Racine Symphony Orchestra.

She is survived by four daughters: Carolyn (Dan), Susan (Ron), Elizabeth (Christopher) and Christine; she is further survived by her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many other family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Gerhard, and her daughter, Mary Margaret "Mimi" Sager.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service at her home church in Racine is being planned.

Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory is serving the family, 920-921-4420

Published in Fond du Lac Reporter on Dec. 6, 2017