Mildred Lenora Benda was born on November 19, 1924, in rural Vining, Iowa, the daughter of Ed and Emma Herska. She attended country school in Vining until the 8th grade. In 1946, Mildred was united in marriage to Milo Benda. She worked bagging seed corn and took care of their children. Mildred was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Traer and enjoyed cooking, crocheting and spending time with her family. Mildred died at the age of 89 on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Roberta; two brothers, Paul and Arthur; and two sisters, Helen and Lucille. Mildred is survived by her husband, Milo; a son, Michael; two sisters, Martha and Eva; four grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.