The gardens in heaven bloomed with glorious color on September 3, 2023, when Rose A. Mielke made her journey home. She was born March 29, 1924 in Elderon, Wisconsin to the late Ella (Falstad) and Herman Hanke. After graduating from Wittenberg High School in 1942, Rose worked in Appleton where she met Robert Mielke on a blind date. They were married on November 3, 1951 and farmed the Mielke family farm in the Town of Osborn for many years. Together they made a wonderful life filled with family, hard work, and special friends.
Rose was known for her love of flowers and flower arranging. She was involved in The Kitchen Kut-Ups homemaker group and enjoyed helping Crystal Star 4-H members with their projects. She attended Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Seymour and often helped serve for funerals. Rose and Bob enjoyed traveling and after retirement spent a number of winters in Arizona. Rose lost Bob in 1996 but continued to live in the farmhouse on Mielke Road until 2010. She then made new friends at the Seymour Senior Village apartments and eventually moved to Evergreen Retirement Community in Oshkosh to be closer to her daughter.
Rose was a strong and practical woman with a gentle heart and loving spirit. Her optimism and positive attitude will continue to be a blessing to all who knew her.
Survivors include her son, Michael, Manitowish Waters, her daughter, Connie (Dave) Paulick, Oshkosh, a granddaughter, Heather Mielke, Terre Haute, Indiana, a sister-in-law, Audrey Ebert, Seymour, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Rose is preceded in death by her parents; 5 brothers: Harold, Swede, (Alfred), Raymond, Donald, and Gordon; and 5 sisters: Violet, Verna, Gladys, Carol, and Lorraine.
Friends may call at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 349 N. Main Street, Seymour, WI on Thursday, September 14, 2023, from 9:00 am until the funeral service at 11:00 am, with Pastor Ty Stoneburner officiating. Memorials may be directed to the Evergreen Community Foundation or Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Seymour.
A special thank you to the faithful friends and church members who made such wonderful efforts to stay connected. Your phone calls, cards, letters and visits were always greatly appreciated. Many thanks to the staff at Evergreen Retirement Community in Oshkosh, who work so very hard to care for others with compassion and respect.
Sometimes a daughter hears, "You have your mother's eyes," or her hair...or her laugh...or her smile- all of which are sweet compliments. But with you, there'd be an even better one... "You have your mother's heart."
"Be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God." I Peter 3:4