By TONIA HILL
Mildred “Millie” Feldschreiber Miller died on Dec. 18, 2017. For many years Miller worked and volunteered in schools and education – related organizations in Hyde Park and other South Side neighborhoods.
Miller was born to Samuel and Pearl Feldschreiber on Feb. 18, 1921, on Chicago’s south side. Miller was the oldest of seven children.
To those that know and loved her Miller was described as a natural giver. “She was a force very outgoing, charismatic,” said Glenn Miller, her youngest son. “She was a proponent of doing the best you can and operating at the point of honesty and integrity.”
She attended McCosh Elementary School in the Woodlawn neighborhood and Parker High School. Following high school, she attended a secretarial school.
Miller met Irving Miller, who would become her husband in 1945 their first date was at a boxing match in Chicago. Irving served in World War II. The two married the following year and had three sons. They were married for 55 years. Irving preceded her in death. He died on Sept. 7, 2001.
For nearly 50 years Miller worked in many roles at Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School, 5235 S. Miller. At 96 years old, Millie was still actively involved with Akiba. She had spent time at the school the week before she passed away. She was the matriarch of the school, teachers and students held her in high esteem.
“When I went to high school she went from volunteer status to working,” said Glenn Miller. “She made everybody feel welcome and special and took on the mother and grandmother role at the school.” While at Akiba, Miller was the executive secretary and worked under seven principals. Over the last few years, her role shifted to working in the classroom alongside preschool students and with the lunch program.
“The teachers and students at the school would argue amongst themselves [about] who was Millie’s favorite because everyone thought that they were her favorite,” Ruth Rotenberg, Miller’s daughter-in-law. “More than three generations went to the school, and they would still call the office and Millie would answer the phone that was their touch point. She had a knack for understanding people.”
Miller was an active member of the community and involved with many organizations and local causes. She served as president of South Shore High School’s PTA, Coles Elementary School’s PTA, and led the sisterhood at Agudath Achim of South Shore, a Jewish synagogue.
Miller also was involved in leukemia research she was the president of her local chapter’s leukemia research foundation.
Outside of her working at Akiba and volunteering Miller was active in her faith.
“Millie loved the synagogue and prayer, especially on Shabbat, and rejoiced when the community achieved daily minyanim. She embodied the spirit of delight of the Psalmist: “How lovely are your Tabernacles, O Lord of hosts.” She enjoyed the poetry of the prayers, the traditional music of the synagogue, and the spoken word, wrote, Rabbi Elliot B. Gertel, Emeritus, Rodfei Zedek Chicago. Gertel gave the eulogy at Millie’s service.
The Miller family was affiliated the Congregation Rodfei Zedek, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., for many years.
She followed the interests of children and grandchildren and was a big Chicago Sports Fan. She followed the Chicago Blackhawks and Major League Baseball most often.
“When the Chicago Bulls were on the [championship] run she never watched the basketball games she would get too nervous,” said Glenn Miller. “She would listen to the games on the radio.”
Miller and her husband were amongst the founders of South Shore Little League Baseball.
Miller leaves behind her three sons, Jerry, Ken and Glenn fourteen grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.