By Buchanan Funeral Home
Mildred Paplham Ihlenfeldt was born on April 7, 1917 to Wenzel and Evelyn Paplham on a farm in Carlton. She had an older brother, Ernest and a younger sister, Evelyn. She lived this earthly life fully and happily for exactly 100 years and 1 week. On June 8, 1937 she married Emory Ihlenfeldt and they moved to Kewaunee. They had two daughters, Marie who lives in Pensacola, FL and Jeanne who lives in Fond du Lac, WI.
Mildred was a seamstress for many years, before being employed by Jane Swoboda to make custom-made drapes for her business. Her old Singer sewing machine gave out long before she did. Mildred was a “people person” and enjoyed the people she sewed for. In later years she became very involved with the Kewaunee Senior Center, serving several terms as President. She also sang with the Golden Tones and the Czech Singers. She enjoyed playing cards her entire life. She was an active volunteer in the community, working at the Historical Society and greeting visitors coming through Kewaunee at the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center.
She and Emory were married for 68 years and he preceded her in death in 2005. Mildred continued to live in her big, old house until Good Friday when she was taken by ambulance to the hospital where she died. Many thanks are due to her kind neighbors, the Karnitzs’ and the Zimmennan’s who made sure she was ok and also to her dear friend, Helen Clinton who drove her to church, the Senior Center, etc.
Mildred is survived by her daughters, Marie (Don Wright) and Jeanne, her two grandchildren, Terrie Wright and Chris Wright, and her two great-grandchildren, Casey and Conner Wright.
Friends may call after 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 at Buchanan Funeral Home, Kewaunee. Visitation continues after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Community Congregational Church, 502 Center St. Kewaunee until the time of services. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m with Rev. Dr. John Wallace and Rev. Randy Kohls officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery immediately after the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kewaunee Senior Center or the Community Congregational Scholarship Fund.