Mildred D. Henke, 89, of Arlington
Mildred D. Henke, 89, of Arlington, died Thursday, April 13, 2017, at the Belle Plaine Lutheran Home.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 18, at Peace Lutheran Church in Arlington with the Rev. Kurt Lehmkuhl officiating. Interment was in the Arlington Public Cemetery.
Mildred D. Henke was born July 6, 1927, in Penn Township, McLeod County, to Robert Sr. and Martha (Mielke) Abram. She was given the name Mildred Dena Alma Abram at her baptism on July 24, 1927, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Penn Township by the Rev. W. Ehrhardt Diemer. She was confirmed April 10, 1938, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church by the Rev. C.H. Kowalske. She attended rural country school and gradauted from Brownton High School in 1944.
She married Melvin A. Henke on Oct. 30, 1949, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Fernando. The couple lived in Glencoe until 1959, and then relocated to Arlington.
Over the years, Mrs. Henke worked as a waitress but enjoyed her time as a door-to-door Avon representative since 1958, sales representative for Stanley Home Products and 20 years as a group manager. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, home Bible study and a charter member of Peace Lutheran Church. She especially enjoyed her family and making afghans for her grandchildren.
She is survived by her daughters, Shirley (Duane) Weckwerth of Arlington and Kathleen (John) Kachelmyer of Mankato; six grandchildren, Lonnie (Dana) Weckwerth, Leon (Jennifer) Weckwerth, Landon (Johanna) Weckwerth, Nathan (Nicole) Kachelmyer, Kristin (Brady) Krusemark and Kallie (Tyler) Stroh; 14 great-grandchildren, Andrew, Melinda, Zachary, Charlotte and Parker Weckwerth, Claire, Grace, Matthew, James and Joshua Kachelmeyer, Benjamin and Anna Krusemark and their expected sibling, and Jackson and Aaron Stroh; and sister, Karen Schrader of Hutchinson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Melvin in 2003; brother, Robert Abram Jr.; sister, LorJean Hauser; and grandson, Lance Weckwerth.
Arrangements were with the Kolden Funeral Home in Arlington.