On Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, in the comfort of her own home, with the love of her children by her side and the smell of coffee brewing and food cooking in the kitchen, Mildred Anna “Millie” Meyer, 92, of Dubuque was called by God to join her family, friends, and husband, Melvin in Heaven.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 22 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke and Rev. Michael Schueller officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Eaglehof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Homes and Cremation 2659 JFK Road, where there will be a prayer service at 6 p.m.
Millie’s beautiful story began on January 14th, 1925, on the eve of the Great Depression; she was born the child of George and Dorothea (Nauman) Schueller in Spechts Ferry, Iowa.
Always ready to work, as a child she loved her chores on the family farm and was especially fond of her chickens. She attended Sherrill Mound School. In 8th grade at a get-together with the Balltown School, she first met her future husband Melvin. Or, as Mille said in her own words, “I guess I picked him out then already.” Millie, as a young woman worked at the Smith Shoe Factory in Dubuque and Melvin served in WWII. When he returned from the service in 1946, they were married on November 19, 1946. They were blessed with four beautiful children and farmed together in Balltown, IA until their retirement in 1983, when they moved to Dubuque.
Throughout the years, Millie would cook, garden, play cards and entertain the many, many number of family and friends who would frequent her home. In fact, when visitors stopped by it was fair to say, they were not the first visitor that day or would be the last. She especially enjoyed when her grandchildren and great-grandchildren would stop by. There was always a homemade cookie ready for a snack or fresh bread to butter with some homemade jelly, and of course her famous homemade noodles. As Millie once said, “I’m a lot like my mom, always ready for people to come.”
After Melvin’s passing on February 11, 2001, Millie’s energy and enthusiasm kept her moving and active—from purchasing her first car, to taking her first trip on an airplane and experiencing the ocean for the very first time. However, Millie’s favorite place to be was always her home to be sure she never missed a visitor to share that warm welcome, the smell of a home cooked meal, the kind ear and stories she could tell at a moment’s notice, and most importantly, the LOVE. Pure and simple, a truly amazing life lived by an equally amazing women. You will be forever in our hearts.
Those left to honor and cherish Millie’s memory include: her four children, Richard (Mary) Meyer, Patricia (Richard) Rotzoll, Michael (Laura) Meyer and Julie (Peter) Dupont. Her 10 grandchildren: Karie (Rod) Horsfield, Chad (Lynn) Vaske, Scott (Sandy) Vaske; Michelle (Dan) McDonald, Dawn (Adam) Eikamp, Jason (Sarah) Meyer, Joe (fiance’ Afton) Meyer; Jaime (Steve) Capesius, Benji (Jenny) Meyer; Amy Dupont; and two step-grandchildren: Becky (Randy) Vannorsdel, Bob (Kristi) Rotzoll. Her 27 great-grandchildren: Brandon, Levi, Erin, Nathan, Nolan, Kate, Lauren, Claire, Paige, Anna, McKenzie, Rylee, Jackson, Briella, Kobe, Ashlyn, Alayna, Brennan, Connor, Caroline, Grace, Charlie, Frank, George, Owen, Millie, Lawrence and her seven step great-grandchildren: Ben, Lina, Daenia, Ben, Nick, Kalin and Andrew. In laws include Eleanor Schueller, Irene Schueller, Arnold and Shirley Meyer, Armella Meyer. All her special friends and neighbors, including Dave and Sharon, and Cindy and Mary Lou.
Millie was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son in law Ron Vaske; sisters Lucille (Norbert) Rolwes, Marie (Emmett) Cummer, brothers Norbert (Marcella) Schueller, Alfred (Fritz) Schueller, Eldon Schueller, and George (Junior) Schueller.
A Memorial Fund has been established in Millie’s name.
The family would like to especially thank Dr. Brian Sullivan and his staff at Medical Associates; Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melissa, Stacy, Mary and Tim; and to all the family and friends who kept Millie’s house a loving home.