Mildred Ann"Millie" BillickJune 18, 1924 ~ November 13, 2017 (age 93)
Mildred Ann “Millie” Billick of Parrish, Florida, and formerly of West Salem, Ohio, passed away late Monday afternoon, November 13, 2017, at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center after a brief illness.
Mrs. Billick was born in Footedale, Pennsylvania, on June 18, 1924, to John and Sylvia (Kuklewicz) Talarczyk, who preceded her in death. She was married to her late husband Anthony Billick, Jr., for 54 years. Their three loving children survive her: Bonnie (Paul) Jones of Lakewood Ranch, Florida; Anthony Billick III of Houston, Texas; and Joyce (Robert) Schaer of Parrish, Florida. Mrs. Billick is also survived by her five dear grandchildren: Robert Andrew (Lauren) Schaer, Jessica Joy Schaer, P. Hudson (Erin) Jones II, Tiffany Jenyce Jones (Nicholas) Haas, and Cameron Nicole Jones. She delighted in her two great grandchildren: Nicholas Edward Schaer and Arabella Cosette Jones Haas. Her brother and two sisters preceded her in death: John Talarczyk, Blanche Kopacz, and Mary Kantorak.
After Mrs. Billick graduated from German Township High School in McClellandtown, Pennsylvania, she moved to Cleveland, Ohio, for her ten-year career with Ohio Bell Telephone Company, rising to the rank of supervisor. She worked in a variety of companies after her children were born, particularly enjoying her years in the Admissions Office at Ashland University, as a payroll administrator at Velotta & Sons, and as a product demonstrator at Buehler’s Fresh Foods. Following her retirement, she volunteered her time to Meals and More and assisted with parish funeral luncheons at St. Stephen Catholic Church of West Salem, Ohio, through the Ladies Guild. She also proudly served the United States democratic process as a poll worker in Ashland County. Her greatest joy in retirement, though, was cheering on her grandchildren at hundreds of musical and athletic events.
After joining her daughters in Florida 12 years ago, Mrs. Billick was a devoted member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Community in Lakewood Ranch, where she participated in activities of the St. Clare Women’s Guild. Her family members treasure that she handed down her masterful skills in baking and sewing to the next generations. She will be missed by her many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends, who maintained regular contact with Millie on Facebook.
Funeral arrangements are being made by Brown & Sons Funeral Home, 5624 26th St SW, Bradenton, Florida, (941) 758-7788. The family invites Mrs. Billick’s loved ones to a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 am on Friday, November 17, 2017, at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, 12905 State Route 70 E, Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202. Mrs. Billick will join her husband, a World War II veteran, in burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Road, Seville, OH 44273 at a service there on Thursday, November 30, at 10:45 am. Ohio arrangements are through Matteson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 314 - 40 Congress St., West Salem, OH 44287. Online condolences may be shared at the funeral home website at mattesonfh.com
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mrs. Billick’s name may be made to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, P.O. Box 2116, 1000 Pinebrook Road, Venice, FL 34284, or to the University of South Florida Foundation (designated for USF Sarasota-Manatee), 8350 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243.