Mildred "Susie" ConertonMildred “Susie” Conerton, age 88 of Grand Forks, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at Valley Memorial Homes, Woodside Village, Grand Forks, ND.
Mildred Christine Hedstrom was born May 22, 1924 in Aneta, ND, the daughter of the late Fred and Louise (Moderow) Hedstrom. She grew up and was educated in Aneta, ND, graduating from high school in 1942. She was united in marriage to Walter Smallbeck on July 3, 1942. They began their life together on the family farm before moving to Aneta. She worked a variety of jobs while raising her family including the operation of the local café for many years. On May 28, 1965, she was united in marriage to Arthur Conerton in Grand Forks, ND. The couple traveled the country extensively with Art’s work in bridge construction, living in many states before settling in St. Thomas, ND. She worked with Art as custodians of the local school and for a number of years operated the St. Thomas Café before their retirement. Art died June 24, 1996. On July 22, 2009, she moved to the Woodside Village, Hearthstone in Grand Forks.