Wanda “Sammie” Milich

Sammie (nee Harris) Milich was a loving and caring mother, wife, sister and aunt. She left this world to be reunited with loved ones on January 13, 2021.

Sammie was born to Charles and Cleo (nee Mitchell) Harris on January 27, 1924 in Barberton, Ohio. Her father soon gave her the nickname everyone would call her throughout her life, “Sammie.” She was the oldest of three sisters (Bonnie and Jill) and often took on the role of “mom” to them. Sammie graduated from Barberton High School in 1942. She married the late Richard Milich in 1943 and was immediately welcomed into the Milich family. Together they began their lives while working at their family’s restaurant, Milich’s Village Inn. In 1950, they had their only child, a son, the late Mirko (Mike) Milich. Sammie was entirely devoted to her son who had chronic kidney disease, and in 1976 she gave her kidney to him to help improve his quality of life. Throughout their lives together, Rick and Sammie were dedicated to the growing of their family restaurant, and their entire extended Milich and Harris families.

Sammie always kept an immaculate home. She was an excellent seamstress and highly skilled in needlework and crochet. Her trademark was the “XOXO” she always used to sign cards to loved ones.

Despite any hardships that life may have presented, she was always faithful and appreciative of what she had. She was the embodiment of the saying, “There’s always something to be grateful for,” and looked for the good in everything and everyone.

Sammie is survived by her sisters, Bonnie Karaginis (late brother-in-law, Chriss) and Jill Brown (late brother-in-law, Dennis), many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and devoted friends Betty and Irene, as well as her cat, Buddy.

Her legacy of treating others with kindness and love will live on in those who called her “Sis” and “Aunt Sammie.” She will be dearly missed in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the National Kidney Foundation.