PORTAGE / POYNETTE—Nancy Mielke, age 87, passed away peacefully at Tivoli Assisted Living on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. She was born on Sept. 28, 1930, in Windber, Pa., the daughter of James and Mary (Wicks) Quinn.

She was united in marriage with Ollie Mielke on Nov. 12, 1955, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. At that time, they moved to the family farm outside of Arlington, later moving to Poynette in 1958, where they resided for the next 57 years, and finally moving to Tivoli Assisted Living in 2015.

After graduation from Windber High School, Nancy worked as a switchboard operator for the Berwind-White Coal Company. In 1952, she moved to Madison, working for Reitan-Lerdahl Insurance Agency for the next 40 years, retiring in 1992. At that time, she started working part time for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office until 1994.

Nancy enjoyed knitting, making many hundreds of Christmas stockings, mittens and hats for family and friends. She was an avid Badgers, Packers and Penn State football fan. Nancy was a member of the Poynette United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School for 10 years and was a member of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by her husband, Ollie; her sons, Bob (Cathy) Mielke of Waunakee, Jim (Claudia) Mielke of Beaver Dam; grandsons, Andy Mielke of Milwaukee and Ryan Mielke (fiancée, Jenna Pitt) of Madison; brother, Tom (Rosalie) Quinn of Cape Canaveral, Fla.; sister-in-law, Lois (Betsy) Quinn of West Bloomfield, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Jim, Frank, Don, and Phil; and sisters, Janet, Virginia and Mary Louise.

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The family wishes to extend their sincere and heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful staff of Tivoli Assisted Living for their care, support, compassion and professionalism during the past three years, as well as Heartland Hospice Care for their assistance during the past two weeks. A special thank you to Nancy Ninman, NP of the UW Medical Foundation for her care during the past several years and to friends Doris Manthe and Virginia Mountford for their support.

In honoring Nancy’s wishes, there is no visitation; a graveside service at Arlington Evangelical Cemetery will be held at a future date.

The family suggests donations be made to your local Parkinson’s support group.

Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Poynette (www.pmmfh.com) is assisting the family.

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