First Posted: 1/10/2006


MILDRED "MILLY" WORKMAN, 81, died at 7 a.m. Jan. 8, 2006, at Shawnee Manor Nursing Home.

She was born March 23, 1924, in Lima to Berardino and Alfonsina Sarnelli Bavaro Bowers, who preceded her in death. On Sept. 15, 1945, she married Calvin Workman, who died Oct. 5, 1989.

Mrs. Workman retired from the Allen County Board of Elections and had been a business manager for Learning to Learn School and the Allen County Reading Clinic. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church. She served as chairwoman of the Republican Party for 30 years and served on the board for Mental Health and Mental Retardation. She and her husband were instrumental in the building and opening of Robin Rogers School. She was a 1942 graduate of Lima South High School and attended The Ohio State University. Sje loved to spend time with family and friends.

Survivors include a son, Judge Rickard (Rosa) Workman of Lima; a sister, Gladys Perrine of Lima; two grandsons, Ryan Calvin "R.C." Workman and Chad Alexander Workman; and several nieces and nephews, including Pudge Gordon Cruse, whom she helped raise.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Mitchell Daniel "Danny" Workman; four brothers, Joe (Peg) Bowers, Anthony (Eleanor) Bowers, Charlie Bowers and Lawrence (Lois) Bowers; a sister, Micky (Gus) Gustin; and a brother-in-law, D.J. Perrine.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Charles Catholic Church. The Rev. Steve Blum will officiate. Burial will be in Gethsemani Cemetery.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita's Hospice, 770 W. North St., Lima, OH 45801; Alzheimer's Association-West Central Ohio, 892 S. Cable Road, Lima, OH 45805; or Elderly Day Care Center, 225 E. High St., Lima, OH 45801.

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