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Gladys E. Mielke, 88

Gladys E. Mielke, age 88, of New Germany, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at the Elim Home in Watertown.

She was born Dec. 10, 1924, in Watertown Township, Carver County, the daughter of Otto and Emelia (Schaefer) Hoese. Gladys was baptized Jan. 11, 1925, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer by the Rev. F.W. Erthal; and confirmed in the faith April 10, 1938 at the same church by the Rev. Elmer Schwandt.

She graduated from the Watertown High School.

Gladys was united in marriage with Roland E. Mielke Sept. 27, 1945, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer by the Rev. Elmer Schwandt.

When they were first married, Gladys worked for the bank in New Germany. She later was a cook at St. Mark Lutheran School, and had also worked for Green Giant in Glencoe. In her later years, Gladys volunteered at St. Mark Lutheran School with janitor work.

Her church was very important to Gladys, and she volunteered whenever possible. When she was no longer able to attend regular worship, she would listen to area church services on the radio.

Gladys was a hard worker all her life, working alongside her husband in the fields and taking care of the farm animals. She always took advantage of the opportunity to be outside.

Gladys cherished the time she spent with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Emelia Hoese; husband Roland Mielke; son Kendall Mielke; son-in-law Dick Jaeger; brothers Orvin Hoese, Rueben Hoese, and Clifford Hoese; a sister, Dorothy Kutzke; and parents-in-law William and Bertha Mielke.

Gladys is survived by her loving family, daughters and son-in-law Shirley Jaeger of New Germany, and Bonnie and Larry Finke of Winona; daughter-in-law and son-in-law Mary and the Rev. Dennis McManus of New Germany; grandchildren and their spouses Amy and Jayson Johnson, Daniel Jaeger, Kay and Keith Traska, Aaron and Laurie Finke, Christopher and Christina Finke, Gina and Jon Holter, Holly Finke, Jacob Finke, Rachel and Mike Ford, Jonathan Mielke, Laura and Chris Hier, David Mielke, Joshua Mielke, and Kristen Mielke; and great-grandchildren Evan Johnson, Grace Johnson, Stryker Traska, Peytra Traska, Zion Traska, Gabriel Finke, Gideon Finke, Sasha Holter, Bennett Ford and Ashley Ford.

She is further survived by her brother and sister-in-law, James and Arleen Hoese of Mayer; sister and brother-in-law Mae and Stan Topel of Sterling Heights, MI; sister-in-law Lenora Hoese of Watertown; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany with the Rev. LeRoy LaPlant as officiant. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Visitation was Monday, Jan. 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, and continued Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Serving as casket bearers were Daniel Jaeger, Aaron Finke, Christopher Finke, Jacob Finke, Jonathan Mielke, David Mielke, and Joshua Mielke.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.