January 12, 2016

Mildred Klein Heaton

HeatonMildred Klein Heaton, age 88, passed away January 9, 2016. She was born August 17, 1927 in Lincoln to John and Katherine (Stehr) Klein.  Mildred was a co-owner of Klein’s IGA and Bakery, 11th & G streets, and started work at a very young age.  The bakery was started in 1928 by her parents, which eventually grew to include a grocery store, liquor store and discount grocery store in the same cluster of buildings.

Mildred is survived by her son Michael and his wife Sally, grandchildren Hannah and Andrew all of Overland Park, Kansas.  Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Lt Col (USAF Ret) James, her parents, sister Gertrude, and bothers Edward and Wesley Klein.

Celebration of life services will be at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, January 15, 2016 at Wyuka Funeral Home with visitation from 9:00 A.M. until service time and family greeting friends from 11:30 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.  Due to the cold temperature all services will be held indoors.

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, to Tabitha Hospice.


  1. Thinking of Mike, Sally and the kids. I always loved it when she would stop by work to chat. I’d always send her off with a big hug. I will miss her and her smile. Sending lots of love, hugs, and prayers.


  2. We send our most heartfelt sympathy to you, Mildred’s family on the passing of Mildred.

    We will be unable to attend the service because of health problems but will keep you in our thoughts!

    Mildred’s father and my mother were related, just how I don’t know, but Ido remember as a small child stopping at the bakery to see them.

    As I grew older I got to know Mildred, Wes & Ed on a personal basis.

    Mildred was a great lady and I always enjoyed visiting with her when we would see each other. She will be missed by many!

    With Love
    Norris and Charleen Frankforter

  3. My brother Jim married Mildred when I was a young girl. I thought having Mildred as a sister-in-law was the greatest thing that could happen (since I only had brothers). I am sure that when I was young I drove her crazy, always trying to be around her. Mildred was always a great and I was fortunate to have her as a member of our family. Mildred will be fondly remembered. Thoughts and prayers are with Mike and his family this day in the future.

  4. January 15,2016

    Dear Mike and Sally,

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of your mother and send you heartfelt wishes that you may find peace as you honor and cherish her. She was a very special and talented lady.

    Mildred, was a very good neighbor to my mother, Doris Kleppinger, when they lived just across the street in Lincoln for many years. They talked on the sidewalk almost every day and shared stories about their business endeavors and families including their two sons (both Mikes). They had their Chevy Malibus in common which were a point of conversation. Very importantly, they watched out for each other on a regular basis.

    Through the years, I also enjoyed saying hello to Mildred when I visited Nebraska from my home in Washington, DC.

    After moving my mom to Hastings for assisted living, she missed your mother and often talked about their good times together. My mom passed away last October, 2015.

    On behalf of my family, you remain in our thoughts with deepest sympathy.


    Lu Kleppinger, Vienna, VA


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