Mildred Viola (Hedlund) Lundquist was born October 1, 1921 in Maywood Township, County of Benton, State of Minnesota. She was the oldest of four children born to Olof (Ole) and Ida (Forschen) Hedlund.
After Ida died from childbirth complications when Mildred was four years old, Ole was unable to care for the children and adopted out the boys. He arranged for Mildred to live with several different families until she moved to Minneapolis at the age of 17. There she worked as a housekeeper for Peggy Solberg. Mildred attended several country schools and completed the eighth grade.
At age 19 Mildred married Floyd Merritt Lundquist in Minneapolis on February 2, 1941. The family lived on a farm near Milaca but moved to Princeton in 1947 after their barn burned down in a lightening storm. A year later they moved to North Minneapolis and in 1951 settled in South Minneapolis. They had five children.
Mildred worked with Floyd at the family-owned business, Bloomington Cleaners; at Homestead Nursing Home; and at Augustana Nursing Home until they moved to Princeton where they built their retirement home on a lot left to them by her father. There she worked at the Elim Nursing Home and was an active and long-time member of the Cambridge Seventh-day Adventist Church.
In May 2003, Mildred and Floyd moved to South Grove Square Apartments in Grove City, and in August Mildred moved into Emmanuel Nursing Home in Litchfield where she lived until she died on December 20, 2013.
Mildred is survived by daughters Audrey (Wayne) Judd of Indio, California; Arlyce Peterson of Atwater, Minnesota; son Ned Lundquist (Kathy Singer) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; grandchildren Kenneth (Julie) Judd; Krister (Andreea) Judd; Tammy (Brian) Stade; Melissa Peterson (Kyle Haugen); Lane Peterson; Troy (Deanna) Lundquist; Derek Lundquist (Gena Lunn);10 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; friends.
She was preceded in death by husband Floyd Merritt Lundquist; two infant sons; daughter-in-law Kathleen Lundquist; three brothers, Vernon Abramson, Walter Forschen, Laurence Woodroe Hedlund; half-sister Mayme Forschen; brothers/sisters-in-law; and parents.
A private family memorial service will be held at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Milaca, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Princeton, Minnesota