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Mildred Frances Gepp (née Kratz)

Virginia Beach, Virginia

September 17, 1934 - April 23, 2024

Mildred Frances Gepp (née Kratz) Obituary

Mildred Frances Gepp (née Kratz), born on September 17, 1934, in Jersey City, New Jersey, passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 23, 2024, in Chesapeake, Virginia.


She was the beloved daughter of William Lawrence Kratz and Katherine Charlotte Biegel. The second youngest of seven siblings, Mildred grew up in a close-knit family with her six brothers: Lester Irving Kratz, Wallace (Dapper) Kratz, William (Billy) Lawrence Kratz, James (Jimmy) Paul Kratz, Francis (Frankie) Kratz, and Henry G. Kratz. These relationships taught her loyalty, kindness, and resilience, shaping her compassionate nature and steadfast devotion to her loved ones.


In 1953, Mildred married Vincent George Gepp, a United States Army Air Forces veteran and Electronics Engineer, and together they built a life grounded in mutual love, respect, and a supportive partnership until his passing in 1982. Their partnership created a nurturing environment for their three children: Matthew Clifford (Julie) Gepp, a construction professional; Major Andrew Elliott (Colleen) Gepp, United States Marine Corps (Ret.), decorated combat veteran of the Iraq War; and Kathryn Elizabeth (Curtis) Byrd (née Gepp), a retired dental professional. Mildred provided her children with boundless encouragement and a profound sense of belonging. She also adored her role as a grandmother to Crystal Lynn Gillenwater (née Spicer), Neil Paul Kohn, and Jordaine Leandra Gepp, sharing her wisdom, warmth, and unconditional love with each.


Mildred's creativity was limitless, finding expression as a florist. Her exquisite arrangements brought beauty to celebrations and comfort to somber moments. Every bouquet she crafted reflected her meticulous attention to detail and her deep love of nature. She was equally passionate about ceramics, signing each of her artistic creations "Millie Diddle"—a name coined by her beloved Vincent.


Beyond her artistic pursuits, Mildred loved cooking, baking, gardening, sewing, needlepoint, birdwatching, and solving puzzles. Her adventurous spirit led her to travel to almost every U.S. National Park, and she found joy in camping and spending time outdoors. She was also known for her love of dogs, often caring for them and judging dog shows with a discerning eye.


Mildred was a lifelong member of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach, where her faith and dedication shaped her life. She served her community as an active volunteer, embodying generosity, and humility in every act of service. Her unwavering belief in the power of love and kindness touched countless lives, inspiring all who knew her.


In her later years, she found profound companionship in Master Chief Petty Officer Carroll Joseph (Joe) Simmers, United States Navy (Ret.), a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War. Their bond brought immense joy and fulfillment as they shared mutual admiration and unwavering support.


Mildred will be remembered for her infectious spirit, boundless creativity, and nurturing heart. Her memory will forever be cherished by her family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing her. She will be laid to rest at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church alongside her beloved Vincent, fulfilling their wish to be together eternally. Her life will be celebrated at a future memorial service, where family, friends, and community members will gather to honor the remarkable woman she was.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Mildred Frances Gepp (née Kratz) hosted by HD Oliver Funeral Apartments.

Mildred Frances Gepp (née Kratz), born on September 17, 1934, in Jersey City, New Jersey, passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 23, 2024, in Chesapeake, Virginia.


She was the beloved daughter of William Lawrence Kratz and Katherine Charlotte Biegel. The second youngest of seven siblings, Mildred grew up in a close-knit family with her six brothers: Lester Irving Kratz, Wallace (Dapper) Kratz, William (Billy) Lawrence Kratz, James (Jimmy) Paul Kratz, Francis (Frankie) Kratz, and Henry G. Kratz. These relationships taught her loyalty, kindness, and resilience, shaping her compassionate nature and steadfast devotion to her loved ones.


In 1953, Mildred married Vincent George Gepp, a United States Army Air Forces veteran and Electronics Engineer, and together they built a life grounded in mutual love, respect, and a supportive partnership until his passing in 1982. Their partnership created a nurturing environment for their three children: Matthew Clifford (Julie) Gepp, a construction professional; Major Andrew Elliott (Colleen) Gepp, United States Marine Corps (Ret.), decorated combat veteran of the Iraq War; and Kathryn Elizabeth (Curtis) Byrd (née Gepp), a retired dental professional. Mildred provided her children with boundless encouragement and a profound sense of belonging. She also adored her role as a grandmother to Crystal Lynn Gillenwater (née Spicer), Neil Paul Kohn, and Jordaine Leandra Gepp, sharing her wisdom, warmth, and unconditional love with each.


Mildred's creativity was limitless, finding expression as a florist. Her exquisite arrangements brought beauty to celebrations and comfort to somber moments. Every bouquet she crafted reflected her meticulous attention to detail and her deep love of nature. She was equally passionate about ceramics, signing each of her artistic creations "Millie Diddle"—a name coined by her beloved Vincent.


Beyond her artistic pursuits, Mildred loved cooking, baking, gardening, sewing, needlepoint, birdwatching, and solving puzzles. Her adventurous spirit led her to travel to almost every U.S. National Park, and she found joy in camping and spending time outdoors. She was also known for her love of dogs, often caring for them and judging dog shows with a discerning eye.


Mildred was a lifelong member of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach, where her faith and dedication shaped her life. She served her community as an active volunteer, embodying generosity, and humility in every act of service. Her unwavering belief in the power of love and kindness touched countless lives, inspiring all who knew her.


In her later years, she found profound companionship in Master Chief Petty Officer Carroll Joseph (Joe) Simmers, United States Navy (Ret.), a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War. Their bond brought immense joy and fulfillment as they shared mutual admiration and unwavering support.


Mildred will be remembered for her infectious spirit, boundless creativity, and nurturing heart. Her memory will forever be cherished by her family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing her. She will be laid to rest at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church alongside her beloved Vincent, fulfilling their wish to be together eternally. Her life will be celebrated at a future memorial service, where family, friends, and community members will gather to honor the remarkable woman she was.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Mildred Frances Gepp (née Kratz) hosted by HD Oliver Funeral Apartments.

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