Mildred "Millie" Bach

Millie was born on March 18, 1942 to Richard and Mamie Billings. She was born and grew up in Lakota, North Dakota. After graduating high school, she moved to Fargo where she worked at St. Luke's Hospital. During this time, she met Donald Bach. On September 4, 1965, they were married at St. Anthony's of Padua in Fargo. They had two children: Laura and Michael. When the kids were young she stayed at home and eventually returned to work. After working various jobs, she found her passion in real estate. Millie joined Park Company Realtors in 1993 and over the next 23 years thoroughly enjoyed meeting and knowing her clients and helping them find their homes. Even greater than her love of real estate, was the love she had for her family. She was proud of her son, Michael, and daughter, Laura along with her grandchildren Dylan, Emily, and Theya. She rarely missed the opportunity to attend her grandchildren's activities. Millie was exceptionally devoted to her faith. Through the years she participated in numerous bible studies, adoration, and attended daily mass. Her strong faith life allowed her to survive cancer for over seven years and brought her peace during difficult times. Millie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Don, her brother George Billings, and sister Marge Ralston. She is survived by her children, Laura (Shane Alderman), Michael (Heather Stromquist) and grandchildren Dylan, Emily, and Theya. She is also survived by her sisters Carol Braniff and Barbra Deal along with brother-in-law David (Margot) Bach.

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  1. Dear Family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved one and send you my sincere condolences. May you find comfort from God’s word at Psalms 94:19, Revelation 21:3,4 and John 5:28,29. Heartfelt prayers are with you and your family.  Sherry

  2. as part of the nativity family “forever” and knowing you mom just a long, she will be missed. i have always admired her courage in dealing with her cancer through the years…and her strong catholic faith. it will seem strange not to see her as a communion minister when we get back from arizona. we wish we could be with you to celebrate her life. she was such a remarkable woman…our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    matt & sharon wolf

  3. Mike, Laura, Shane, Heather, Dylan, Emily, and Theya,

    I am so sorry for your loss of your mother and grandmother. I remember her as Mrs. Bach from grade school at Nativity when I was in Mike’s class. Later in my life she became Millie. She was our real estate agent as I looked for a home with my new husband. When we looked at houses she always asked if we would still be able to “go out for pizza once in awhile” if we bought the house so we did not to take on too much debt. We are still in the house for almost 20 years.. At church Millie always asked about the kids and my mom and dad. We will miss visiting with her. She was a great lady.

  4. Millie was our wonderful neighbor on 6th Street for six years. She was such a kind person. We always enjoyed talking with her in the yard while she was outside gardening. She had a beautiful garden. The highlight of the spring was waiting for her tulips to bloom. Her smile will be missed. She gave our daughter Grace a teddy bear with a flower pattern on it. It’s still one of Grace’s favorite toys.

  5. God continue to bless the soul of this good and grace-filled woman.
    Our sympathies to Laura and Michael and their families.

  6. Dear Laura, Shane, Mike, Heather and Grandchildren: I’ve known your dear loved one for a very long time. First of all we were back door neighbors for 25 yrs., shared in our love for Nativity Church and then we ended up working for the same real estate company. When health issues forced me to retire, she took over my clients and helped me tremendously with the transition. When I think of Millie I immediately think of her wonderful, infectious, bubbly laugh and her courage these past seven yrs., rarely complaining about her condition, always putting a positive spin on things. She was a remarkable woman and will be so missed. God bless you Millie and your family.

  7. My prayers and sympathy are with the Bach family. I know that Millie is enjoying the glory of eternal life..

  8. My deepest sympathy to Laura and Michael and your families during this difficult time. Millie was a gift to me during a time when we both needed a good friend and I will always remember her as a kind and caring person.

  9. Dear Laura and Mike,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers in the death of your Mom. Millie was a woman who was gifted with faith and hope and trust in God. May her legacy of love and faith live on in you and your families. May she have eternal peace and joy with the Risen Lord.

  10. Laura and Mike,
    I am so sorry to hear of the death of your special mother, may she rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate her life and find comfort in your memories.

  11. We were saddened by your loss of Millie and I know this is a difficult time.
    We have fond memories of her and your family especially at Shane and Laura’s wedding.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and may you hold your memories in your hearts.
    Condolences to all,

  12. Dear family, We were deeply saddened to hear of Millie’s death. We have many fond memories of her during our days attending Nativity church and Shanley events. May she rest in peace with our Lord and Savior. God bless to all!!

  13. Millie was a very special woman. I have known her for my whole life and she was
    so special to so many people. I will miss her. She was my aunt… And as I have
    said many times she was more like my older sister. She richly blessed us all who
    knew her.

  14. Dear Laura and Mike, your family has always been dear to me, your mom was such a beautiful lady, and I just heard about her passing. I will offer my prayers this evening for her soul and will remember you all in my prayers in the days ahead. My sincere condolence to you on her passing. Her new life with your father will be joyous for her. Blessings, Fr Jim

  15. Millie was a board member when I was the director of Partners in Housing. She was such a wonderful, caring person. She really cared about those who had less than she, or who suffered. She also had a great sense of humor and could see the lighter side of life. She will be missed.

  16. Laura, Shane and family,
    Heartfelt sympathy to you at this time of loss. You all have wonderful memories of your mom and grandmother. Hopefully they will console
    you at times when you miss her the most. You will be in our prayers.

  17. Mike and Laura,

    So very, very sorry about your mom. She was a kind and caring person who brightened the lives of many people, including all of us on 6th street. We will always remember her for that.

  18. I had the great opportunity to work with Millie at Park Co for five years. My desk was next to hers, so there was rarely a day we didn’t get a chance to chat. She was always positive and had that beautiful smile on her face. She is a great example of how to live the best life possible…completely unselfish and dedicated to serving her Lord. I am so sorry for your loss…she took great pride in her family and I know you’ll miss her greatly.

  19. Michael and Laura,

    Your mom was so dear to me. We became friends at Moorhead State University. I sat next to her in every class I could. Her hard work helped me develop discipline in my own study habits. Over the years we stayed connected, and I loved it when I ran into her at daily mass. Your entirely family will be in my prayers. As a tribute to her memory, a donation has been sent to Nativity. Wishing you peace during this sorrowful time.

    Maggie (McCarthy) McCalip

  20. Remembering a very bright and caring woman who always had something kind and encouraging to say, and thinking of her family.

  21. Dear Laura and Michael, We were so sorry to hear of the recent passing of your mother. Our deepest sympathy to you and your families. Millie was a beautiful, courageous soul and touched the lives of so many! May she rest in eternal peace~

  22. Dear family of Millie. She was such a wonderful kind gentle lady. I remember seeing and visiting with her at Nativity Church and sometimes we were together in Adoration Chapel. Always friendly, never heard her comment on any pain or inconvenience. Always a warrior. She is at peace with our Lord. God be with you as you remember all the memories. What I surely recall are the Christmas photo cards she sent surrounded by grandchildren. Peace. Prayers.

  23. She was the sweetest person in the whole wide world. She will be missed. Love to the family. Erin and Clayton Gubbels

  24. So sorry to hear of Millie’s death. We want to extend our sympathy to her family.

    We are still in Arizona at this time.

    Will be thinking of you.

    Wes and Vivian Dunford

  25. Dear Mike, Laura, Shane, Dylan, Emily and Theya,
    Your mother, as you know, was one of our very best friends. We loved being with her. She always had a wonderful smile, and great sense of humor. She was a wonderful hostess and cook. Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy. She was a woman with a very deep faith.
    She will be missed by all of us. Roger and Shirley Gilles

  26. All of us here in Memphis, TN want to say we are very sorry for your loss and that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Having met Mrs. Bach several times I can attest to her being a lovely and sweet woman. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

    George and Alanna Cave and all of the Officers of the Memphis Police Department and friends in Memphis

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