Mildred Elizabeth Leppert, a homemaker who was active at Salem United Methodist Church of Hebbville for more than 60 years, died June 4 at Maryland Shock Trauma Center of head injuries after a fall outside her Hampstead apartment. She was 80 and had been a longtime resident of Owings Mills.
Mildred Wilhelm was born in Manchester, the eldest of five children.
She grew up in Carroll and Baltimore counties and attended school in Hebbville until the eighth grade, when she left to help take care of her siblings, said her daughter, Susan L. Littlejohn of Westminster.
Mrs. Leppert's father farmed and ran a heating oil distributorship. Her mother ran a grocery and luncheonette in the Hebbville area, Mrs. Littlejohn said.
Mrs. Leppert helped her mother run the store across from a small airport on Windsor Mill Road, and her future in-laws frequented it. She met her husband, William Leppert, by volunteering to write to him when he was serving overseas during World War II.
They married Dec. 7, 1945. The couple settled in an Owings Mills home that Mr. Leppert built. He died in 1992. Mrs. Leppert lived in Owings Mills for almost 50 years before moving to Hampstead.
"It would be nothing for her to can 200 quarts of tomatoes in a summer," Mrs. Littlejohn said. "She made jellies, jams. ... Food was her thing."
Mrs. Leppert also cooked for the dances and dinners at local Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts. She was a member of the ladies' auxiliaries for the Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Co., VFW Post 521 and American Legion Post 122, both in Owings Mills.
Services were held Wednesday.
In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Leppert is survived by a son, William Denis Leppert of Westminster; two brothers, William F. Wilhelm Jr. of Eldersburg and Dale L. Wilhelm of Westminster; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.