Mildred T. Durkalic (1925-2012)

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Mildred T. Durkalic Phelps
Born: 8 Jun 1925 Pellston, Michigan
Died: 22 Jan 2012
Father: Martin M. Durkalic
Mother: Anna M. Dzikowna
Siblings: Mary Durkalic
Katrina Durkalic
Frank L. Durkalic
Nellie M. Durkalic
Lewis Casmer Durkalic
Mildred T. Durkalic
Stella Durkalic
Spouse: Benjamin Valentine Phelps
Married: 8 Oct 1949 Pellston, Michigan
Children: Thomas Phelps


Petoskey News-Review, Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mildred T. Phelps, 86

Mildred T. Phelps, 86, of Pellston, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, in Iron Mountain, Mich.

She was born June 8, 1925, in Pellston, the daughter of the late Martin and Anna Durkalic. Mildred was a lifelong resident of Pellston. She left school at an early age to take care of her family and the family farm.

On Oct. 8, 1948, she married Benjamin V. Phelps in Pellston. They took over the family farm and operated it their entire lives. Benjamin preceded her in death in 2008.

Mildred loved animals and all wildlife. She was an avid gardener and an excellent cook with many secret recipes. She was a hard worker and her family was at the center of her life. When you visited her, you never got away without a cup of coffee and some goodies.

Mildred was a long-time member of St. Clement's Catholic Church in Pellston.

She was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers, Mary Massaway, Catherine Conrad, Frank Durkalec, Nellie Miller and Lewis Durkalic.

She is survived by one son, Thomas Phelps, of Iron Mountain; one sister, Stella (Joseph) Partyka of Pellston; three grandchildren, Thomas (Michelle) Phelps Jr., Michael (Megan) Phelps, and Sarah (Timothy) Touchett; three great-grandchildren, Tyler Phelps, Evelyn and Sophia Touchett.

Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. today, Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.

The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the American Martyr's Church in Kingsford. The Rev. Paul Nomellini will offer the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will take place in the St. Clement's Cemetery in Pellston.   

Condolences may be expressed to the family of Mildred Phelps online at

The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.


Photo" By Dale & Corinne Wise

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Mildred Durkalec Phelps
BIRTH 8 Jun 1925
DEATH 22 Jan 2012
BURIAL Saint Clement Catholic Cemetery Pellston, Emmet County, Michigan, USA
MEMORIAL ID 83952129
Saint Clement Catholic Cemetery