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Mildred Henke, 98, Columbus

December 17, 2018 GMT

Mildred E. Henke, 98, of Columbus, died on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at the Larson House in Columbus.

She was born on Aug. 31, 1920, in the town of Moundville to Robert and Elizabeth (Moran) Hume. She was a 1938 graduate of Portage High School, then attended Milwaukee State Teacher’s College, where she graduated with a degree in nursery and kindergarten. During this time she was a member of the Theta Lamba Phi Sorority.

Mildred moved to Columbus, where she taught in the Columbus School District until 1951. She was married to Benjamin Henke on Aug. 10, 1946, in Moundville and had two children. She taught in the Fall River School District from 1962 until 1965. Mildred and Ben worked the family farm in the town of Elba, while also actively serving their church. Mildred was a dedicated longtime member of the Columbus United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women — serving in every capacity — which supports local and global needs. She taught Sunday school, sang and/or directed the junior and senior choirs and was a member of the bell choir. She served on many, many committees and was active in all church activities.

Survivors include her daughter, Patrice (Mike) Flock of Deerbrook; her son, William (Danette) Henke of Columbus; six granddaughters, Carolyn (Peter) Stuessy, Katrina Flock, Leslie Flock, Rachel (Dustin) Van Dusen, Heather (Leonard Hill) Henke and Kirsten (fiance Dylan Brozek) Henke; four great-grandchildren, Owen, Theodore, Marie and Eleanor Stuessy; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Ben, in 2010. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m., on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Columbus. The Rev. Kimberly Brumm will officiate. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Columbus. Memorials may be directed to the Columbus United Methodist Church or the American Macular Degeneration Foundation or the Bright Focus Foundation. Online condolences may be made at www.jensenfuneralandcremation.com.