Mildred Hiteshew, Former VHS Math Teacher


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Mildred Anne Hiteshew (“Millie”), 95, died on March 16, 2024 at her home in the Glenaire Retirement Community, Cary, North Carolina. Millie was born on July 31, 1928 in Wichita, Kansas as the fourth and youngest child of Anna (nee Coerber) and Frederick Schaaf.

She is preceded in death by her husband of nearly 43 years, Carl Franklin Hiteshew, who passed away in 1991. She is survived by her five children: Susan Kelly of High Ridge, Missouri; Kent of New York, New York; Craig of Spokane, Washington; David of Franklin, Ohio; and Tim of Apex, North Carolina; along with 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Millie’s life was centered around her strong Lutheran faith, which provided the foundation on which she raised her family. It was also the core of her belief in the value of education, hard work and her community service. She met Carl shortly after World War II while both were attending Wichita State University. They were married and had their first child before graduating together in 1950. Millie graduated magna cum laude in the top five percent of her class. Unusual for their time, particularly among young women, Millie and her two older sisters, Alberta and Kathryn, all attended college despite the death of their father when Millie was just two years old. Her mother and her older brother Oscar (who later earned a PhD in mathematics) worked to support the family. Millie was predeceased by all of her siblings.

In 1962, in search of better employment opportunities, Millie and Carl moved their family from Kansas to New Jersey. Thereafter, Millie earned her teaching certificate and taught geometry and algebra at Verona High School from 1967 to 1976 and in the Virginia Beach, Virginia school system from 1976 to 1992. She and Carl worked hard to make sure that all of their five children graduated from college.

Millie moved into the Glenaire Retirement Community in 2006 where she was active in the choir and various resident groups. She was well known and beloved by its many residents, staff, and administrators. She loved the Glenaire community and her church, Resurrection Lutheran Church, which she attended faithfully for 18 years with Tim and his family.

A memorial service and celebration of Millie’s life will be held at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Cary, N.C. on April 20, 2024. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to AbleLight, Inc. (formerly known as Bethesda Lutheran Home) which Millie regularly supported throughout her life.

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  1. Timmy and Family:

    Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your mother. She was a great lady and an awesome educator.

    Rest assure that she touched the lives of many over the years and you and your family will continue to be in our thoughts & prayers!

    Keep the Faith!🙏

    Todd A. Martin VHS 77


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