Mildred A. “Millie” Wilke, age 84 of Clinton, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at West Wing Place. In following Millie’s wishes cremation rites have been accorded. A graveside service will be held at 11:30 AM on Saturday, May 8th at Oakland Cemetery. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Millie was born in Clinton on June 2, 1936, the daughter of Louis and Eleanor (Rydquist) Thompson. She graduated from Lyons High School. Millie married Wayne Wilke on April 15, 1956 in Clinton. Wayne passed away on January 29, 2017. Millie was a member of St. John Lutheran Church where she was active with the Mary Martha Circle and the Ladies Quilting Circle. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially cookouts, woodworking, watching football, especially the Bears and Packers, and following the Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes.
Millie is survived by her daughter, Jane (David) Rathje of Miles and a grandson, Josh Rathje (fiancée Amy Clark) both of St. Louis, MO. She was preceded in death by her parents her husband; a son David; 2 brothers, Harold and Bill, and 2 sisters, Joanne and Mary. Memorials in Millie’s name may be made to St. John Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be left at