La Verna Mielke age 92 of New Germany passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at the Waconia Good Samaritan Center in Waconia.
Funeral services are Tuesday June 16, 2015 at 1 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany with Rev. LeRoy LaPlant officiating.
Visitation is Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. and 1 hour prior to the service; all at St. Mark Lutheran Church; prayer service Monday at 6:45 pm; interment St. Mark Lutheran Cemetery, New Germany.
La Verna Marie Ida (Schmidt) Mielke was born Oct. 23, 1922 in Winsted Twp., McLeod County, the daughter of Reinhold and Lilly (Luke) Schmidt. She was baptized Nov. 12, 1922 and confirmed in the faith at St. John Lutheran Church in Hollywood Twp., New Germany.
La Verna was united in marriage Aug. 26, 1941 to Melroy M. Mielke at St John Lutheran Church in Hollywood Twp., New Germany by Rev. Theo Rolf.
La Verna enjoyed gardening, especially tending to her vegetables and flowers. She had a love of quilting, embroidering, and crocheting. La Verna helped out family and friends to get whatever needed to be done.
She was part of the St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary in Park Rapids, MN. La Verna went through one year of high school and then went to work for Fred Wurdell.
La Verna is preceded in death by her husband Melroy Mielke; father and mother Reinhold and Lilly Schmidt; son-in-law Harlan Klaustermeier; brothers Ralph Schmidt, Alvin “Pete” Schmidt, Orland Schmidt; sister Alice Lenz.
La Verna is survived by her loving family; daughter Sandra Klaustermeier of New Germany; son and daughter-in-law Duane and Theresa Mielke of New Germany.
She is further survived by grandchildren John and Georgianna Klaustermeier, Joel Klaustermeier, Jason and Angie Klaustermeier, Thomas Mielke, Janet Mielke, Steven and Jennifer Mielke, Danny and Jennifer Mielke, Kevin and Nickie Mielke; great-grandchildren Nicole and James Fiala, John and Rachel Klaustermeier, Martin, Marcus, Mynyanna, and Malik Klaustermeier, Timothy and Kayla Klaustermeier, Andrew and Katsy Klaustermeier, Sam Klaustermeier, Anthony Fredericksen, Logan Mielke, Conner Mielke, Katie Mielke, Julie Mielke, Ellie Mielke; great great-grandchildren Seanex Klaustermeier, Jack Henry Klaustermeier; sisters-in-law Glenna Schmidt of Mayer, Gladys Schmidt of New Germany; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Serving as casket bearers are La Verna’s grandchildren.