Obit: Mielke, Lauretta M. #2 (1909 - 2006)

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----Sources: Loyal TRG 11 October 2006

Mielke, Lauretta M. (4 JUN 1909 – 3 OCT 2006)

Lauretta M. Mielke, 97, Marshfield, formerly of Colby, died on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006, at Marshfield Care Center, Marshfield. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006, at Zion Lutheran Church, Colby. The Rev. Karl Rose officiated. Burial was in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, North Spencer.

Loretta m. Halbeck was born on June 4, 1909, in the town of Kewaskum, Washington County, to Oscar and Clara (nee Raether) Habeck. In 1914, she moved with her parents to Spencer and in 1917, they moved to a farm east of Unity. She attended school in Spencer and the town of Brighton. She was housekeeper in Milwaukee for a while and on Oct. 4, 1932, she married Anthony Zettler at St. John’s Lutheran Church, North Spencer. They farmed east of Unity until the spring of 1941, when they moved to Colby where she worked at the hardware store and Bezak Shoe Store in Abbotsford, Wis. Her husband died on Sept. 1, 1965. She married Otto Mielke in 1969. He died on June 2, 1995. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and its sewing circle.

Survivors include her children, Mary Hinkelmann, Spencer, Jan (Dave) Fitzsimmons, Streator, Ill., and George (Maxine) Zettler, Burlington; two grandchildren, Brian Zettler and Sharon Hinkelmann; and two sisters, Delores Justman, Spencer, and Beverly (Ken) Kannenberg, Oshkosh; and one brother, John Habeck, Blanchard, Idaho.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husbands, Anthony and Otto, two sons, Ronald and Kenneth; one granddaughter, Holly; six brothers; one sister; and a son-in-law, Alfred Hinklemann.



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