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Mrs. KENNETH (Mildred Mary Burke) HALL 1928-2005


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Date: 12/19/2007 at 19:09:32

Mildred Hall

Mildred Mary Hall, 76, died Saturday, March 12, 2005, at Veterans Memorial Hospital, Waukon. Father Joseph Schneider officiated at the funeral Mass Wednesday, March 16, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Waukon, and at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Hanson’s Funeral Home of Waukon was in charge of arrangements.

Mildred was born April 2, 1928, in Waukon, Iowa, to Thomas J. and Lucille (Kingsley) Burke. She grew up on the farm in Waterloo Township, where she had, in her words, “few comforts and no conveniences but lots of love and freedom.” She learned to be resourceful and always had a positive outlook on life.

An excellent student, Mildred spent first grade at Sacred Heart School in Cedar Rapids, then returned to Allamakee County and the rural New Galena School. She graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in Waukon in 1946 and took teacher training at Luther College in Decorah. She taught at several local country schools, and was a lifelong learner and a natural teacher.

Mildred Burke and Kenneth C. Hall were married July 10, 1952, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Hanover. To this union four children were born: Charles, Ann, Karen, and Susan. Mildred and Kenneth created a loving home built on absolute honesty, mutual respect, and genuine compassion for all. Together they farmed and improved the land, and were honored for their conservation efforts.

Mildred was an enthusiastic 4-H leader for many years. She particularly enjoyed sewing as an outlet for her creativity and she willingly shared her skills and knowledge. She worked at Robey Memorial Library in Waukon from 1982 to 1998 and was thrilled to be surrounded by good books and good people. She was an adept computer user, creating remarkable family newsletters and e-mailing far-flung relatives. Her green thumb was extraordinary, both indoors and out. A member of the Red Hat Society, she was always young at heart and enjoyed biking and sledding even in later years. Her sense of humor and ability to minimize problems were a blessing to all those around her. She was a faithful member of St. Patrick’s parish, Waukon.

Survivors include one sister, Ramona (Jim) Wardlow of Waterloo; one sister-in-law, Joyce Burke of Menomonee Falls, Wis.; two brothers, Ray (Mary Ann) Burke of Waukon and Bill (Mary Kay) Burke of Madison, Wis; one son, Charles (Susie) of Denver, Colo.; three daughters, Ann (Mark) Henthorn of Muscatine, Iowa, Karen (Warren) Varley of Stuart, Iowa, and Susan (Daniel) Cahoon of Monona, Iowa; 12 grandchildren, Kelly, Nathan, Jonathan, Gina, Ben, Rachel, Gwen, Will, Ariel, Ellen, Clara, and Millie; and two great-grandchildren.

Mildred was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth in October 2004 and by her brothers Gerald and Thomas C. Burke.

Waukon Standard, March 23, 2005


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