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Martha E. Mielke, 74

Martha Eldoris Mielke, age 74, of Waconia, formerly of Silver Lake and Winsted, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019, at New Perspective Senior Living in Waconia.

She was born Aug. 16, 1944, in Buffalo, the daughter of Herbert L. and Esther P. (Schultz) Epple.

Martha graduated from Buffalo High School in 1962.

She was a farm wife for many years, and worked very hard. Martha was also formerly employed at Casey’s in Glencoe, and at the Pantry in Winsted.

She was a companion volunteer, a long-time 4H leader, and also a former Silver Lake Lions Club member.

Martha enjoyed playing bingo, as well as calling bingo; puzzles, playing cards, and telling jokes.

She is survived by her loving children, Brenda Mielke of Brooklyn Park, Darlene (Brian) Kolling of Greenfield, and Brian (Tiffany) Mielke of St. Michael; four grandchildren: Adam (Taylor) Kolling, Sarah Kolling, and Morgan and Kendall Mielke; a brother, Herman (Joni) Epple of Montrose; a sister, Clara (Harold) Iverson of Waverly, IA; her former husband and lifelong friend, Donald Mielke of Plato; and other relatives and friends.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service took place Tuesday, April 16 at 11 a.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake, with Pastor Carol Chmielewski officiating. Urn bearer was Brian Mielke. Inurnment was at Cassel Cemetery, rural Delano, following the service.

There was visitation Tuesday at the church, beginning at 9 a.m.

The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.mareshfuneralhome.com.

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