Maria Miller, 89, of Huron passed away Friday May 28, 2010, in Erie County Care Facility, Huron, after a lengthy illness.
She was born in Frankfurt, Germany, April 13, 1921, and was a longtime resident of Huron. Maria was a famous prima ballerina in Germany during World War II. She performed before heads of state and royalty. She is featured in a book about her life entitled "A Time to Dance A Time to Run."
She moved from Sandusky to Huron with her American GI husband in 1953. She owned a chain of dance studios in northern Ohio, The Maria Miller Dance Studios, until retiring in 1971.
She is survived by her son, Robert (Linda) Miller Jr. of Huron; daughter, Diana (Robert) Croll of Berlin Heights; and nieces and nephews in the U.S. and in Germany.
She was preceded in death by her husband Robert "Sonny" Miller in July of 1986; parents, Karl and Anna Maria Happersberger (Wurtzl); and brothers, Heinrich and Karl Happersberger.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. Tuesday until memorial services at 11 a.m. in Foster Funeral Home, 410 Main St., Huron. The Rev. James Belcher of Calvary Baptist Church, Clyde, will officiate. Interment will follow in Scott Cemetery, Huron.
Memorial tributes/contributions may be made to Erie County Care Facility, 3916 E. Perkins Ave., Huron, OH 44839.
Condolences may be shared at fosterfh.com.