Mildred Jane (Lehman) Fundenberger, born March 4, 1922, at Halstead, Kansas, died peacefully Dec 4, 2021, at Riverside Memory Care in Hoquiam, Washington.
She was preceded in death by husband, Glenn Earl Fundenberger; daughter Jean Armstrong; and infant twins Earl and Evelyn Fundenberger.
She is survived by daughter Lois Enman (Jere Rosemeyer) of Eugene, Oregon, and son Lee (Judy Snyder) Fundenberger of Humptulips, Washington, grandchildren: Christie (Daniel) Robinson, Jerry (Jonna Clark) Enman, Cynthia Mavugo, Cheryl (Jose) Lopez, Catherine Greif, Julie Fundenberger and Stacy (Daniel) Borkert, 14 great-grandchildren and 15 great- great-grandchildren.
Mildred grew up in Kansas and married Glenn Fundenberger in 1938. The young family moved to Oregon following Glenn’s service in WWII, and they lived in Poe Valley, Midland, Goshen, and Albany. In addition to managing their household, Mildred was an active participant and partner in many of Glenn’s businesses and managed the office of Jenks Chicken Hatchery in Tangent, Oregon.
In 1973, Mildred and Glenn relocated to Ocean Shores, Washington. Mildred became active in the real estate business and was a well-respected realtor for many years, retiring at age 85 only because she needed to become full-time caregiver for Glenn as his health declined.
Mildred really blossomed in the real estate market. She became one of the top sellers in the Northwest region of the country. She had many satisfied clients that either did further business with her or referred others to her because of her integrity.
Few people knew that she earned her private pilot license and enjoyed what she called “flitting around.”
Mildred and Glenn attended Galilean Chapel for many years and she edited and printed Chapel Chat news flyer for many years. She then attended the Ocean Shores Methodist Church after Glenn’s passing until she elected to move to Channel Point assisted living in Hoquiam because she did not want to live alone. When a minor stroke in January 2019 made her walking about difficult and she needed more assistance, she moved to Riverside Memory Care until she checked out of memory care into eternal care with her Savior Jesus.
Mildred and Glenn were an instrumental part of the group that started the Ocean Shores Senior Center, which still serves the senior crowd in Ocean Shores. She helped procure the properties for the center, and they both worked to make it into what it is today.
Mildred’s cooking was adored by her family. She loved to bake and was always busy in the kitchen when hosting family gatherings. Favorites to this day include her oatmeal and brown sugar rolls, her clam chowder, and many varieties of cookies, especially scotcheroos and peanut blossoms. She loved to gather little wild blackberries and made delicious pies with them. She donated several to the Kiwanis auctions for scholarships, and they received vigorous bidding.
In 1978, Mildred and Glenn became members of the Friendship Force Ambassador Exchange Program. They enjoyed visiting other countries and hosting members from other countries in their home. They found it very interesting to visit this way instead of as a normal tourist in that they got to see how those families lived and a more real look at the country being visited.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. at Faith Community Church in Ocean Shores. Memorials suggested to the Ocean Shores Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity or the Ocean Shores Senior Center.