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Helen Dorothy Mielke

April 17, 1920 - January 21, 2021
From: Hartley, IA
Helen Dorothy Mielke

Helen Dorothy Mielke

Born: April 17, 1920
Died: January 21, 2021
Age: 100

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    Helen Dorothy Mielke, the daughter of Albert and Alice (Grotefeld) Koechert, was born April 17, 1920 in rural Everly, Iowa.  Her childhood years were spent in Everly where she received her education, graduating from Everly Consolidated High School in 1938.  She continued her education attending the Methodist School of Nursing, graduating in 1941 receiving her Registered Nursing degree.

     Helen married Ervin J. Mielke at her parents home in Clay County, IA on January 16, 1944.  After their marriage, they farmed in Dickinson County for 29 years.  They moved into the town of Hartley in 1973, where she continued her nursing at Hartley Hospital for 20 years until her retirement.  She was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hartley, where she was a member of the Altar Guild.  Helen was also a past member of the Business & Professional Women Club, Federated Club, the Friday Club and the Ladies Aid.

     She passed away at the Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley, Iowa on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at the age of 100 years 9 months and 4 days.  Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin in 1998; an infant brother, Robert Keochert & a brother, Orville Koechert.

     Left to cherish her memory are her children: daughter, Mardelle Knudsen of Mesa, AZ, grandson, Karl, who is in active service in the Army; granddaughter, Kris (Knudsen) McChesney who died five years ago and great grandchild, Tanner McChesney;  daughter, Janice (Olumayokun) Olawoye, grandchild: Tokunbo (Michelle) Olawoye and great grandchildren: Sade & Tunde; grandchild: Boye (Lamide) Olawoye and great grandchildren:  Demilade and Ariloa; grandchild: Laolu (Jane) Olawoye and great grandchildren: Christian and Janice and grandchild, Lakunle (Aile) Olawoye; son, Rev. Jerry (Ingrid) Mielke of Indianapolis, IN, grandchild, Philip (Jessi) Mielke, great grandchildren: Adelaide, Josephine and Liam; grandchild, Adam (Angel) Mielke and great grandchild, Dean; step grandkids: Tonya Bullock, Meredith (Brad) Raben and great grandkids: Nathan, Maggie and Carter; granddaughter, Sarah (Chris) McKinley and great grandchild, Hannah; a sister, Ethel (Marvin) Schmidt of Spencer, IA; 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hartley, Iowa
Public graveside services will be held 2:00 P.M., Monday, January 25, 2021 at the Harrison Township Cemetery in Rural May City, Iowa.
Pastor Christopher Nitzel
There will be no viewing or visitation
Harrison Township Cemetery
May City, Iowa


Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 3:16 PM
“Janice, I was very sorry to hear about the death of your mother. She was a very sweet lady. She lived a long life. I hope you are doing well. Peace. Gene”
- Ivan Gene Brown
Friday, January 29, 2021 at 8:57 AM
“Mardelle I am so sorry, May our God wrap His arms around you and dry your tears and comfort you. You were blessed to have her for so long.
- Dolores Hatfield(Gruchow)
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 2:27 PM
“Jerry, Sending our sympathy to you and the rest of the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ”
- Galen & Kerry Jo Groth
Monday, January 25, 2021 at 9:59 AM
“Our sympathy to your family, a long life with lots of family memories. May she RIP”
- Roger and Renee Nath
Monday, January 25, 2021 at 8:38 AM
“Helens family~~ She was the sweetest woman! Her and my mother, Althea Stuhr Anderson, were very good friends and they would visit back and fourth back in the days. My mother has been gone for about 30 years now, I will always remember Helen! ”
- Gayle & Bryan Bailey
Monday, January 25, 2021 at 8:38 AM
“Jerry, Mardelle, and Janice, our deepest sympathy to you and your families. Seems like our families always had a connection when my Grandparents, Pete and Lucy would play cards with the Koecherts. I used to ride the bus with you too, along with my two brothers and one sister. We lived 2 miles north of Barbs Corner then. I got reacquainted with your parents when I managed the Hartley Dinner Date site. It was like seeing long lost relatives. They always treated me like a family member, and would ask about my family. They were a joy to know. May they both Rest In Peace, and may you and your family find comfort in knowing they are together now and forever.
Jalane and Dale”
- Jalane (Matthiesen) Buhrmann
Monday, January 25, 2021 at 8:37 AM
“P.S. I also went to school with Janice, mostly in Moneta. Have a lot of fun memories, especially walking to the gym, and going by the big furnace! Was kind of scary! Love to all, Jalane”
- Jalane (Matthiesen) Buhrmann
Monday, January 25, 2021 at 8:37 AM
“Helen was such a wonderful blessing in our lives as a neighbor! We enjoyed the many years of fun and laughter and her love and caring ways. God blessed us with her gentle presence.
Rhonda and Bill Pippy and family”
- Rhonda and Bill Pippy
Monday, January 25, 2021 at 8:37 AM
“Such a long life for a precious woman. May God rest her soul. Finally at home with Ervin. Sympathy for her family. LeRoy and Darlene Peters”
- Darlene Peters
Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 1:29 PM
“Our Sympathy to the family of Helen. I had a nice visit with Mardelle after Helen's 100th birthday and we covered a lot of memories.
We are thinking of you all and asking God to surround you with His perfect Peace and Love! Ed and Judy (Johnson) Kramme”
- Judy Kramme
Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 1:29 PM
“Ethel and Marv, so sorry to read about your sister's passing. Thinking about you.”
- Ann Letcher
Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 7:48 AM
“Our sympathy to your family”
- Dennis and Lana (Steinke) Dallman
Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 7:48 AM
I am sorry to read of your mother's passing, but rejoice that her journey on earth has now ended, and she is amongst the saints. What a legacy to leave with over 100 years of memories for her family to reflect on, the greatest of these to install your strong faith foundation. During this time of great sorrow, may you always be aware of the Lord's abiding love and feel His peace. Mary Galik”
- Mary Galik
Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10:59 AM
“Helen was a very special person and a blessing to everyone she met. She will be missed and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this sad time. ”
- Karen Kriz
Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10:58 AM
“Mardelle and family,
Deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother, Helen.
I remember attending her 90th birthday and seeing Helen
and her family again. Such a special occasion.
Rest In Peace, Helen.
Sincerely, Karla Pearson Eberly

- Karla Pearson Eberly
Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10:57 AM
“Condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the rest of the family. Aunt Helen was such a sweet person. I used to refer to her as “Grandma” when visiting when I was younger. Her faith inspired me deeply and I’m glad to have known her.”
- Jason Kriz
Friday, January 22, 2021 at 8:10 AM
“Mardelle and Jerry. I am an old Excelsior classmate of Mardelle's Ellen Schroeder Essick. You have my deepest sympathies in the lose of your mom. My husband died on 4/17/13 and my mom died 4/17/17. Very hard. I pray the LORD'S Blessings upon you Ellen”
- Ellen Schroeder Essick
Friday, January 22, 2021 at 8:10 AM
“Our sympathy to all of you, she leaves you with 100 years of memories!”
- Carole and Ron Curry
Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 6:39 PM
“Sorry to hear of your loss. She always had a good visit when we met. especially with the girls.”
- Morris & Judy Rusch
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